Singer/songwriter/pianist Paola Vera has been described as a ‘Jazz chick with hits’ (Richard Niles) and a ‘truly gifted improviser’ (Pete Churchill). Paola’s music blends her passion for jazz with a modern edge; a fresh take on groove, which she infuses into her own song writing and a new slant on old songs. She sites many influences including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Nat King Cole….
She first started singing and playing the piano at the age of 13, later going on to continue her musical education at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music after receiving the Elton John Scholarship in London. In 2007 Paola was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Award for outstanding young Jazz musicians in association with Jazzwize magazine. She has since gone on to receive several awards as a singer and accompanist, including winning 2nd place in the Jazz Voices International competition in Lithuania in 2011. She has performed with many greats of the jazz scene, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, Bobby Mcferrin and many more..
Paola’s emotionally charged live performances have been seen on the most prestigious festival stages, concert halls and jazz clubs worldwide including The New Morning (Paris) Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club (London), The 606 club (London), Pizza Express Dean Street (London), Nardis (Istanbul), St Emilion Jazz festival (France), Armandos (San Francisco), The Sound Room (San Francisco).Read more
Her second album, ‘Addicted’ is due for release with Dot Time Records, in early 2017. Following on from the success of her debut album ‘Spellbound‘ (Pathway records) Paola’s second album ‘Addicted’ delights us again with her talent for crafting catchy melodies that tie together her uniquely enticing blend of Jazz tinged Pop. The album shares her beguiling take on many universal themes familiar to us all, entrancing the listener with her uncanny ability to speak to our deepest selves. We catch a glimpse of a seasoned songwriter allowing us access to her secret inner world, which is every bit as diverse as she is. A refreshing artist who refuses to be boxed in, Paola’s ‘Addicted’ renders the listener addicted to a fresh, honest exploration of emotion and storytelling.
“A rare talent with an individual style and sound… she has an astonishing level of sophistication for someone so young.” – Norma Winstone
”There are hints throughout of Paola’s impressive jazz credentials – particularly in the licks of Indestructible Melody and Take My Breath Away. Her tone is well-controlled, her voice flexible and wide-ranging, and there are scatterings of gorgeous vibrato and impressive turns..” – London Jazz News
“An extremely accomplished singer and pianist… a truly gifted improviser…” – Pete Churchill