In an apartment tucked between the brownstones and bodegas, power lines and stop signs of Queens, New York, you can hear an original sound emitting from an original artist. This is MikelParis. He paints pictures of New York with a six string and delivers his songs in a way this is truly one of a kind.
Paris developed the art of GuitarDrumming around 2000. In 2007, he released his debut record “Flow” and a live record in 2010 entitled “MikelParis Trio Live at the Egg”.
The story of what led MP to New York and the release of his albums is as interesting and varied as the tracks that make up the records. Born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut, Paris gravitated to music almost immediately. “I was playing Beethoven by the fifth grade,” he reflects. “But I always wanted to sing. Scratch that, I always wanted to sing my way.” MP would do things his way throughout his childhood and that social bravery eventually led him to receive a scholarship to the esteemed Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT. He began his studies majoring in Jazz Piano, but after two years a disconnect developed in Paris and he once again changed directions and his major to Music Composition.
MP’s ability to ride the ebb and flow of life’s challanges once again proved to work in his favor as the tools he acquired at Hartt would only add to his arsenal of skills so well depicted on “Flow” and “…Live at the Egg”. After school, he entered the world of live music and never looked back.
From Germany to Australia, New York to London MikelParis has graced stages worldwide. He joined the renowned cast of Stomp merely intensifying his passion for rhythm and groove. He parlayed this experience into joining the touring band of Platinum selling artist PINK, renowned comedy rockers The Dan Band, Songstress Jewel, and eventually American touring staple O.A.R. Check out more at Mikel Paris.com