The Northern Soul movement was at it’s peak during the reign of the mighty Wigan Casino in the 1970’s. The world famous club closed its doors in 1981, but that didn’t stop the connection it would come to have with a new generation of soul lovers.
Paul Stuart Davies was born in Manchester in 1982 and began performing professionally in his teens when a local agent took him on and gave him work at pubs and clubs across Lancashire. This lead to music college and the beginning of a successful career as a vocal coach. Paul’s love of Motown (the music of Marvin Gaye in particular) lead to fronting 9-piece band ‘The SoulTrain’ and performing at iconic soul venues such as Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Blackburn’s King George’s Hall.
In 2015 Paul decided to take on a performance career outside of the band and, following an endorsement from Janis Gaye (Marvin’s wife), landed himself a spot at ‘The World’s Biggest Northern Soul Weekender’ at Butlins Skegness where he performed alongside Motown greats Kim Weston, Brenda Holloway, The Velvelettes and The Contours.
Paul impressed organiser Russ Winstanley enough to be invited to perform again in 2016, when he joined Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, Pat Lewis, Sidney Barnes, Eddie Holman and Chris Clark.
Having become close friends with many of these Northern Soul legends, Paul put together a charity recording, under the name ‘Northern Soul Survivors’, and along with Chris Clark, Tommy Hunt, Sidney Barnes, Pat Lewis, Dean Parrish, Johnny Boy and The Signatures, released a new version of the iconic ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’.
Paul proved that this wouldn’t be the last time that he would share a studio with legends when in May 2017, he visited Detroit to record his own song ‘Tomorrow’s Love’ at the world famous United Sound Systems recording studio with backing vocals provided by none other than Tobi Legend, Kim Weston, Pat Lewis and The Original Vandellas.
Paul is currently promoting ‘Tomorrow’s Love’ and is due to appear for the third successive year at the ‘Northern Soul Survivors’ weekender in September 2017 alongside yet more Northern Soul legends.