MIkel Paris of O.A.R.
MIkel Paris of O.A.R. 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 that is truly one of a kind. Paris developed the art of Guitar Drumming in 2000. In his 2007 Look At Life Records debut release "Flow", he infuses his guitar methods and dynamic melodies into a collection of songs that truly reflect the albums title. The story of what led MikelParis to New York and the release of his debut album is as interesting and varied as the 10 tracks that make up "Flow". 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, Connecticut. 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 challenges 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". 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 Broadway's 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, and eventually American touring staple O.A.R. Throughout the years and over the miles MikelParis never lost sight of his ultimate goal: To put on record his own music, his own words, his own way.