What do I bring?
My classical training and jazz roots allow me to play a variety of music styles. For most venues I play a mix of jazz standards, bluesy americana, country and folk. I perform solo, as a duo with Monte Mann, or, with a trio or full band. I provide a compact P.A. with 12″ EV speakers for intimate spaces, and a larger P.A. for venues requiring a full band.
Comments from venue, Linda’s Fine Foods, Wimberley TX
“ [Paula’s] tastes are eclectic and her abilities comprehensive. She slides effortlessly from country to jazz standards, to soft rock. Her own singer/songwriter creations also scan several genres and are remarkably crafted throughout. Though her scope forestalls any boredom at the front tables, it never loses that sense of artistic integrity so essential to a great performer. With a voice that is at once soulful and controlled and a guitar that plays any direction with seeming ease, she stays at the emotional center of of her music.” – James L. Ash, Owner, Linda’s Fine Foods
Who are you hiring?
I’ve held a monthly residency at an established local restaurant in Wimberley since 2011. Linda’s, owned and operated by Jimmy and Linda Ash, has been on the scene since 1991 as a custom catering outfit, and since 2006, as a beloved restaurant serving chef-prepared comfort food in an intimate setting, in an old stone house in the Texas Hill Country.
Before that, I performed as a solo artist for many years, touring and playing in and around Austin. I was fortunate to perform in such hallowed songwriter venues as Anderson Fair, the Bugle Boy and the Cactus Cafe. I was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s yearly songwriter competition and won awards in national and international song competitions.
I enjoy performing and bringing my unique style of pop-jazz influenced music to intimate audiences or large celebrations. I appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to run a business which incorporates live music as part of its vision. I bring professionalism and a personal touch to my shows, and consider it an honor and a privilege to be offered a performance slot.
Below is a recent review from James Ash, owner of Linda’s Fine Foods where I played monthly since 2011. Thanks for considering me for the next open slot in your live music calendar. I look forward to an opportunity to bring something new and unique to your roster.
“Paula Held began playing music at my restaurant on February 11, 2011. Although crowds in a restaurant are always unpredictable, she has managed to develop a loyal local following and has drawn people from Austin to San Antonio. I have owned a bar, managed and owned restaurants and been a professional musician all of my life. For ten years I wrote a music column. In that time I have seen many hundreds of performers and learned to judge their quality of performance. Very few reach her level of excellence.
When Paula picks up her guitar and adjusts her microphone at the beginning of her set, her audience never knows what direction she’ll take. Her tastes are eclectic and her abilities comprehensive. She slides effortlessly from country to jazz standards, to soft rock. When she sings a torch song she sounds like she was tutored by Julie London. When she sings the blues, the intensity of her delivery can cover anyone’s lyrics (though I’ve never heard her cover Mississippi John Hurt). Her own singer/songwriter creations also scan several genres and are remarkably crafted throughout. But here’s the thing, whatever she plays, in whatever direction she steers her performance, it is all indelibly Paula.
This is no cover copy singer. Though her scope forestalls any boredom at the front tables, it never loses that sense of artistic integrity so essential to a great performer. Whatever the genre, Paula is forever Paula. With a voice that is at once soulful and controlled and a guitar that plays any direction with seeming ease, she stays at the emotional center of of her music, whether it is pain, love, or joy she is projecting.
With the intricate lead guitar work of Monte Mann following and accentuating her emotional intentions, her horizons continue to expand, taking her listeners along for the ride.”
Linda’s Fine Foods
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“Paula Held adds new ideas to the jazz-related work of now famous female artists like Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux. Her songs are beautiful, the melody lines fine, her voice is flexible and sultry, [and] the accompaniment is excellent …”
~ Fred Schmale, Real Roots Cafe, Netherlands