Jeremiah Jermaine Paul
Born on July 26, 1979 in a musical family of ten children, the youngest of the older half of the Paul clan, some say this child was destined for greatness. Raised in the tough streets of New York, Jermaine begin tagging a name for him self when singing while playing the drums at local churches and talent shows with his family at the tender age of 8. Jermaine recalls playing on books with forks and spoons to practice for Sunday church service and family gigs.
Today he reveals that the drums is what eventually led him to Hip Hop music. With a genuine love for singing , at age 10, he joined numerous adult choirs, mostly working as a secret weapon for older mature crowd. Than labeled the young Michael Jackson of Gospel, In many instances he was told “Don’t Cry, SING!” And thats just what he did. Jermaine’s anointed voice and breathtaking musicianship stood out, and the entire family and church knew that he would not be denied his destiny; to sing and touch the world with his music. Claiming his own style of singing, a mixture of wailing and weeping , making you listen to every word that came out his mouth, he made you believe that their was a man trapped inside his little scrawny boy frame.
At the age of 12 Jermaine and his older brother Charles moved to Alabama with his grandfather to help preserve the family farm. There he was introduced to the guitar. Never getting lessons, he played his step-grandmothers old gibson at the local church. He begin listening to r/b music and imitating the voices of yesterdays greats like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, just to name a few. With a little knowledge of the guitar and the yearning to go back to New York, he wrote his first blues song. He learned to embrace the country air and to this day considers himself a country boy rather than a city b-boy. At age 14 he returned home only to find that the family had moved to a nicer cleaner suburb. Now attending a predominately high school, he was introduced to rock, alternative music, and for the first time, piano. He and his brother Charles became a member of a four guy R/B group named 1Accord.
In high school he was a part of the all-state chorus, and a classically trained Voice Ensemble. Rejecting a basketball scholarship to Syracuse University at the age of 17, Jermaine with his group 1Accord signed to, Shaquille O’neil’s label, Twisim Records. Giving him the opportunity to tour South East Asia, play basketball along side Shaq and other NBA stars, perform as an opening act for Shaq and Peter gunz & Lord Tariq and write, sing and produce with a host of producers and artist in the likes of Marry J Blige, Brandy, Blackstreet, Kelly Price, Christopher Williams, Peter Gunz & Lord Tariq, Shaquille O’Neil, Corey Rooney, Rodney Jerkins, Joss Stone and of course Alicia Keys.
He also, as the lead singer of 1Accord, recorded a song (Don’t Stop, Don’t Quit) that appeared on the movie soundtrack Booty call featuring Jamie Fox. Determined to reach his dreams, he than begin crafting his writing skills and producing songs of his own. At 22, Jermaine joined a live band named FOCUS and reeked havoc on the showcase circuit in the ti-state area. Performing memorable original songs that take audiences on an emotional roller-coaster.
In 2010 the rumor went that the debut album would come in fall. After Jermaine Paul won the NBC program “The Voice” Season 2, they did announced a new date for the release of the debut album. Only it has not been released yet…