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Paul Cresey is an Edmonton based folk artist who uses fingerpicking and strumming techniques backed by strong witty lyrical accompaniments, playing and singing all original songs from blues to folk-rock and celtic to romantic ballads.

 

Paul Cresey has been called an old soul in a young body because his lyrics portray feelings way beyond his years.  How else would someone who was born in 1989 be able to write with passion about historical events in the first person?

Emotional songs are to be felt not heard, that is why Paul places strong feelings in each and every song, spread out for everyone to experience, hence the title of his first  album "Piece the Picture".  Independent reviewer Peter McGee for Bluesbunny has said of one of Paul's songs, "Sinners and Saints": "It is here that the album seeps a modicum of Cresey's true talent. Above diligent picking Cresey explores the soul of a lover." CKUA Radio in their online newsletter (Mar.17,08) has written, "Whatever Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan have, Paul Cresey has IT too."

Paul is a university student (education) in Edmonton, Canada so most of his concerts have been concentrated in this area. Never the less some have been notable: Concert for peace, U-22 Revue at the Royal Alberta Museum, the prestigeous "Night of Artists", CITY TV live interview and performance, CFRN (CTV) performance and interview, three interviews on CKUA radio  (one live with a performance), interviews on CBC Edmonton and CBC St. John's Newfoundland, a concert alongside folk legend Bill Bourne (to which he received a standing ovation), Capital City Exhibition, Homefest 2008 (a benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for the homeless) an invitation to play at Edmonton's largest folk music club, "Norther Lights" and a confirmation to play at one of North Americas largest folk music festivals, the Edmonton Folkfest in 2009.

The largest accolade came in the fall of 2008 when Paul was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Canadian Young Performer of the Year!  All this in just the past year!  The demand and following grows.  He recently opened to a sold out crowd for a popular local rock band. He was very apprehensive because as a solo folk singer Paul didn't know how the audience would react. After playing three encores the appreciative audience still didn't want him to leave.

Paul really has no specific target audience.  To date he has had teenagers to retired people in the audience enjoying his melodies, and that is what they are...Melodic.  That is how Paul builds his music, tune to lyrics.

He is a songwriter/musician/singer and also likes to speak to music students on the benefits of songwriting as a choice in the fine arts field. He has just recently performed and addressed the Suzuki School of Music in Edmonton. His songs have been included in a publishing library in Boston for distribution to major film and television studios and his song, "Sinners and Saints" was chosen to be used in a film to begin production in February 2009.

With close to seventy five songs written thus far and with growing exposure the likelihood of his getting discovered grows with each passing day.

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