Paul Irvine has lived a storied life. Or so he would like you to believe. Judging by his latest release, “They Were Children” (2022), and the 14 songs on his 2012 singer-songwriter album debut, 'Faux Pop – Vol. 1’ , and subsequent single releases, "We Will Have Ourselves A Flood" (2015), "Good Place Now" (2016), "I Got Stoned" (2018), and"Fanfare For Norval Morrisseau" (2020), one might be convinced that the life adventures described are autobiographical. Maybe they are. Maybe they are your own. A brief audience with Paul as he performs his catchy songs (vocal & piano or with his band, Paul Irvine & His Soulless Young Devils) may prove revealing. You may even find yourself singing along.
Paul Irvine's music industry journey is unique and multi-faceted. After years (1976 through 1992) as an in-demand sideman and session player for the likes of Corey Hart, Goddo, Klaatu, Bob Segarini, Vital Sines, The Partland Brothers, Georgie Fame and Ronnie Hawkins – to name but a few – the saxophone and flute playing professional took a career leap into the business and legal side of the industry with Sanderson Entertainment Law in Toronto (1995 to present). But throughout, the multi-instrumentalist has pursued his goal as a singer-songwriter. In 2005, he began performing his songs in public, mostly at local open mics, accompanying himself on piano. Up to that point, he had rarely stepped beyond the role of sideman, but found the 'lead singer' experience incredibly fulfilling, and challenging. By 2012, after having taken numerous of his songs for a 'test drive' in public, he re-emerged revitalized with his first solo album ‘Faux Pop – Vol. 1’ , on which he wrote, recorded, produced and performed all the instruments and vocals at his home in West Hill, Ontario. The CD release party for ‘Faux Pop – Vol. 1’ was held in Toronto at the Rivoli on April 27, 2013, and was a huge success! Video performance clips from the Rivoli can be found on the home page or on Paul's YouTube Official Artist Channel.
Coming from a musical family (his dad played drums; his mom, a vocalist), he took up drums at the age of 10. In high school at Woburn Collegiate, Paul formed musical friendships as he discovered and mastered the flute and saxophone in quick succession. A lifelong learner, his love of words and all forms of art inspire his musical pursuits. Paul's journey as a singer-songwriter comes as a natural progression given his decades of experience and he’s put it on display for the world to enjoy.
Paul has a deep appreciation and passion for songwriting, composition, arranging and orchestration. His compositions, "This Harbourtown" as performed by Mark James Fortin, and "Wildwood Dream" as performed by K.C. Carter, enjoyed considerable airplay in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Paul Irvine's recordings, including “They Were Children”, are released through his record label, Hammerhead Records, Toronto, Canada. Paul formed Hammerhead Records in 1990 and enjoyed its first releases with Earth Baby's "World Class", debut, followed by the self-titled debut by Toronto band, Weirdstone.
Feel free to contact Paul through the Contact page.