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INTRODUCING PAULA MARIE: THE VINTAGE VOCALIST – Vintage Style Entertainment Nominee 2015

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Paula Marie – The Vintage Vocalist, a unique solo vocal act bringing the music of the 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s to life!

What periods do you cover in your repertoire?

My extensive repertoire spans the 1930s through to the 1960s and covers everything from jazz, swing & big band to wartime classics, vintage pop, rock 'n' roll and classic movie songs.

What are your favourite numbers?

Tough question! Two of my favourites that spring to mind are seasonal ones – 'White Christmas' and 'Easter Parade', wonderful melodies that were crafted by the master songwriter Irving Berlin. My absolute favourite song to perform is Sinatra's 'My Way', I love how the song builds and the big ending, but I also enjoy a good sing-along, so any of the old wartime classics such as 'The White Cliffs Of Dover' and 'Lili Marlene' all feature highly on my list, too!

What inspired you to focus on this genre over other styles of music & performance?

My love of music and singing began at a young age and initially I specialised in country music! This all changed when I came across the Doris Day musical 'Calamity Jane' on TV one day. I must have been in my early teens at the time and remember being spellbound by the golden voice of Doris Day and all the wonderful songs featured in the film. This got me interested in other classic film musicals from the era such as those starring Judy Garland, and I began including the repertoire in my own amateur performances. I was later introduced to jazz whilst studying 'A' level music and it was at this time I discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald. I learnt so much from listening to her songbook albums – those recordings were so important to me as an aspiring singer (as they are to this very day) and they are the reason I know so many songs!

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

The highlight of my career has been at any gig where someone has come up to me and said that I've made their day!

What has been the best event that you have performed at?

One event that really stands out for me was a party held at The Punchbowl in Thorne near Doncaster last July. It was billed as "A family and friends fanfare for a real Thorne trooper: A fabulous 40s themed party to celebrate the vital and valuable contribution of Gunner Stan Bunby during World War Two". It was just such a lovely afternoon and a fantastic atmosphere. There was a DJ, an organist and myself singing. We sung all the old wartime favourites and Stan (who was 96 at the time!) even got up and sang 'The White Cliffs Of Dover' with me. It was a real highlight and a gig I'll remember for a long time!

If you could perform with anyone (past or present) who would it be?

It would have to be Bing Crosby! Some of his best recordings were duets and I think our voices would have blended together nicely!!!

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