Originally from the UK, P Bailey had his first taste of musical inspiration while taking part in music class in grade school. The man with the 5 octave range has often been compared to Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers fame.
Paul Bailey’s early Influences were Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. With no formal training Bailey developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown . P Bailey took part in many community talent shows and was a crowd pleaser singing and dancing to his favorite songs.
Bailey also had Rick James use a sample of his song ‘Part time Lover’ on the sound track of the movie Colors, which resulted in his first real break. His next chance came, meeting DJ Robby Demlakian while doing session work. Demlakian Co-Produced his single, a 12 inch House Mix called ‘Get on Board’ recorded with his group Walter P.P.K, which charted #3 on the house Dance Charts in the UK and won him the Professional Publishers & Songwriters award from Factor, a grant foundation.
It’s almost amazing that P Bailey has made it this long. So what has been his secret for lasting this long and still being able to maintain an interesting sound? Well, the ability to transform, morph and mutate. On the track Mystery (Sava Boric Mix), P Bailey effortlessly sings his way through a House music mix with a funky Industrial flavor, as if he’s been doing this genre all his life.
P Bailey has done what others might think was impossible, he has created a quality, mature, and intriguing single, that is both ultra-modern and a throw-back to the slick soulful melodies of the past. With this track P Bailey has laid a foundation for a newer audience to shine a light on his long-standing vocal abilities.
I have to say, with his remixes, P Bailey has found a manner to reinvent himself in quite a number of subtle ways. With Mystery Radio Edit and Mystery (Sava Boric Mix) what you’re getting is a totally new product with the same essence that you had to begin with. It’s like the same chicken soup, only with more ingredients so it tastes better! New and improved!
In these latest releases, I think P Bailey is really finding out what he likes and what goes best with current audiences. You can tell from each track, that they all come from the same place…his soul, but they’re going in all directions style-wise! The way he hits those high notes is so sexy and so necessary.
It’s really well put together, smooth flowing music. P Bailey has come a long way and his determined to go even further!