Name: Paul Michiels

Country: Benelux

Official Website: http://www.paulmichiels.be/

Instruments Of Choice: Diatonic

 

Paul Michiels

Paul Michiels is one of the most experienced and best voices from the low
countries. You could say he is an icon in the Belgian music scene.
Paul began his career in the sixties with his first pop group Les Jeunes. The first great success came in 1974 with the Anglo-Belgian close harmony-band Octopus. After this, together with Jan Leyers he started the well-known group ‘Soulsister’ – originally called ‘The Soulsisters’ – and scored an international hit with “The Way To Your Heart”.

 

In 1989 the song reached the Billboard Top 100 in the United States resulting in many TV shows, interviews and live concerts, including touring with the
legendary Joe Cocker and Sting. One by one the next five Soulsister-albums
went gold or platinum.

 

At the end of 1995, Soulsister disbanded and Paul began a successful solo career. First by the side of Robert Mosuse as The Big M’s, then later all by his lonesome. In this period Paul gained attention as a solo artist this time, with the albums - Magic In The House, It’s A gas (with Jeroen D’Hoe), Let’s You & Me and A Singer’s Heart.

 

Paul Michiels performing live

Hits such as “Let Me Be Turned To Stone” and “Forever Young”, a cover of Alphaville are ingrained in the mind of the Flemish audience. With his soulful voice, his passion for music and his songwriting, it’s impossible to imagine the Belgian music industry without Paul Michiels. “Forever Young, I Want To Be Forever Young” Paul is about to turn seventy years old but he seems more like seventy years YOUNG!.

 

‘Ageless’ is the title of the new full CD and of the upcoming theatre tour.
The album release is scheduled for 14/06/2018 where he will perform 3 sold out concerts in a row at the CC Zwaneberg in Heist-Op-Den-Berg to celebrate. The theatre tour is planned in the autumn of 2018, where he will browse through his favourite songs of past and present like only he can.

 

Backed up by his fantastic live-band: Hervé Martens (keypad), Vincent Pierins (bass), Eddy C (percussion), Chris Van Nauw (guitare), Ibernice MacBean & Nina Babet (backing vocals) and Dave Imby (drums).Paul Michiels is één van de meest ervaren en ook één van de beste stemmen uit onze lage landen. Al jaren is hij een icoon in de Belgische muziekscène.


Photograph credits:  top image: Elke Briers. Lower image: Sabrina Wille