Paul Ledding’s musical stylings teleport you to a classier time and place, making it easy to imagine yourself sitting in a nightclub circa-1950 with a glass of fine wine or whiskey in hand. A modern take on a classic sound, Ledding’s eclectic 2014 debut EP Play Me A Song masterfully explores his vocal versatility, while placing him in the spotlight alongside renaissance stars like Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum and Gregory Porter.
A natural showman, Ledding draws his audience in with his flirty and playful energy, effortlessly navigating through a wide array of styles with his velvety voice. In concert, he flourishes as he shares the stage with his fellow musicians, creating a powerful and unforgettable experience for his audience.
Ledding’s debut EP Play Me A Song, tells his story of finding love and the lessons he learned along the way. The first single from the album, He’s Not The One, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards. Ledding is currently writing new material for his forthcoming full-length album, which will elaborate on his style by incorporating pop, r&b and soul inspirations.
When asked about his journey as an artist, Ledding shares “Life is a waste of time if you spend the majority of your day doing something that is not meaningful to you. Music reminds me to keep doing what I love and it provides me with a chance to inspire and connect with others through my songwriting.”
8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PAUL LEDDING
1. A native of Saskatchewan, Paul is the youngest of a very large and very musical family.
2. Paul’s first recording, a cover of Pop Goes the Weasel, was captured on his family’s tape deck when he was six years old. He’s come a long way since then.
3. Paul works as an elementary school music teacher. He sees teaching as a two-way street; he finds joy in sharing his love of music and inspiring children, and his students remind him to enjoy life and not take things too seriously.
4. Finding songwriting to be great therapy, Paul often writes about his experiences without necessarily knowing beforehand what life lessons he is learning. The “AHA!” moments tend to come after.
5. Paul recently married the love of his life. Feeling Good Again from his debut EP, Play Me a Song was inspired by their romance.
6. In his spare time, Paul likes to travel and takes kickboxing lessons. Both clear his mind and get the creative juices flowing.
7. Paul draws inspiration from a number of different artists from a wide range of genres. On his iPod right now, a few of the artists you will find: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Ben L'Oncle Soul, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Ray Charles, Colin James, Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Barenaked Ladies, and Blue Rodeo.
8. His recent release, Play Me A Song, has been featured on A Time for Jazz on CKUA with Kody Hutchinson, Mid-Morning Mojo on CKUA with Baba, and Key of A on CBC with Katherine Duncan, and CJSR’s It Takes a Village with Rhea March.