Monday, September 13, 2010
Jim's original songs explore the universal truth of Torah, the depth and power of Chasidic niggun, the groove of Phish & the Grateful Dead, the lyrical mastery of Dylan, Eminem & Talib Kweli, the story telling of Woody Guthrie, uplifting optimism of Bob Marley and the unprecedented love of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
As Jim points out "When Bob Marley sings something that the Ba'al Shem Tov teaches, we should pay attention."
After a seven year mission in business and legal world, Jim has resurfaced in the world of spiritual programming and exceptional music; he brings renewed vigor, new songs, and a slightly better understanding of the universe than he has ever had before.
Raised on the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Jim’s quest for words took him to Boston University where he studied with Elie Wiesel and Saul Bellow. He began his spiritual quest in earnest under the continued guidance, tutelage and love of Rabbi Joseph Polak at BU Hillel. It was during his junior year in Israel that he discovered his profound love of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s legacy of music and Torah, introduced to him by Rabbi Avraham Arieh and Rachel Trugman.
Subsequently Jim spent two years studying Talmud at Yeshivat Darché Noam in Jerusalem, and two years singing, learning and teaching in Albany, NY under the auspices of Rabbi Moshe Bomzer. After law school, Jim worked on multi-million dollar complex commercial litigation cases in and around New York City by day, while exploring the Manhattan and Brooklyn music scenes by night. He has performed at NYC venues such as the Knitting Factory, the Sidewalk Cafe and the Carlebach Shul, but his favorite venues remain rooftop kumzitzes.
Most recently, Jim has been busking in Philadelphia, singing Woody Guthrie, Shlomo Carlebach and original songs in the open air, as well as writing and performing kids music, “folk songs for kids ~ kid songs for folk.” He is thrilled to be part of the Radio Free Nachlaot community and soon hopes to bring his body back to where his soul is.
Please check out yaakov-yisrael.com to hear, download and link to all of Jim's projects.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I am involved with a large recording studio here in Israel called "SPS” ('Sound Productions Studio') which is run by the musician Ofer Hamerman. I have released 3 Cd’s with all original songs in Hebrew & I also have several original songs in English, all with the music production by the musician and composer Ofer Hamerman, who is also my music manager. My repertoire also includes well known songs in English and in the Hebrew languages. I regularly perform in several concert venues around Israel. I also have a number of songs that I have composed & also wrote the lyrics for.
A song of ours called 'I'm All Yours' was recognized as 'an entry of merit' in the 2003 Unisong International Competition in the U.S.A. Another song that I wrote the lyrics for called "Keep on Moving”, with music composed by Ofer Hamerman, was chosen as one of the top 20 songs in the Dance/Electronic song category in the 2005-2006 “Unisong” International Competition in the U.S.A. Also, in the same competition, my latest release "See the Stars Tonight" (lyrics by Paul R. Thomas / composer, instrumental & music production by Ofer Hamerman) was chosen to be in the top 20 of the Honorable Songs Ballad category 2009.
Also, I received an honorable award from the great Venture Radio station http://www.ventureradio.co.uk (run by the presenters Tracy Clark & John Peters) for been the most popular artist in year 2008.
I was also chosen to be one of the 'Special Mentioned' artists in the Best Female Solo artist category of the Music Aid competition in 2009.
I have performed a number of concerts in France, at Toulouse, Marseille & Nice which were very successful. I was interviewed there by a popular French radio station after which they played an original song of mine on air. I have also been interviewed by a popular music station here in Israel after which they also broadcasted a number of my songs. I have also performed on the Russian TV channel & also recently on the Romanian TV channel "Antena1" on the "Duminica in Familie" family entertainment show with Michaella Radulescu, as well as here on Israeli TV on culture shows. At present, I am planning to release my first International album with my lyricist Paul R. Thomas.
I am also proud to announce a new version of the 'Ray of Hope' song, a duet performed by me with the UK singer Ade Carr (lyrics written by the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, composed by Ade Carr & arranged by both Ade Carr & Ofer Hamerman who also produced the music), and in just 2 weeks our song has reached number one in the ReverbNation song site's local chart in Israel.
The Israeli President Mr. Shimon Peres wrote the lyrics in dedication to Peace. He is a visionary and felt that through the site Songweavers.com a message to the world will be conveyed for peace and unity through music. Having Musicians collaborate from over the world with their own language and represent their country of origin will exhibit unity and spread the message of peace all around the globe.
Both International CD’s of “Ray of Hope are now on sale at: http://www.theshouk.com/peace.htm
I hope you enjoy listening to and supporting this great cause.
Also, I have to mention that my Hebrew version to Ray of Hope is appearing on track number 14 on the second International CD: http://www.myspace.com/lsongweavers
Here you can watch my clip to my Hebrew version of “Ray of Hope” – Enjoy! :)
I am pleased to announce that the album ‘The Lyricist – The songs from Paul Thomas and Friends’ was released on the 22ndof March 2010 by the UK record label ‘All Round Music’ and two of my songs, “See the Stars Tonight” and “If You Could Have Loved Me” appear on this album (tracks number 5 and 9). The album is available exclusively through iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-lyricist/id360947054
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
They are blessed with 2 children. A boy and a girl. Both feature in his songs.
Ofer is a working musician (BIRMAN, BLAZE and everywhere else that pays in Jerusalem) who teaches others how to be working musicians and learns from his students.
Writes, records, performs and practices being happy and answering with deeds – what is a good Jew. Is hopeful, idealistic, naive, and never killed any mammals. Doesn’t have a television or credit card. Eclectically creative O produced 9 CDs and is the present אדמו"ר of AKHOTKHA – a musical – band – happening – film . You can see him
On Youtube as JERUSALEMAN
Hi & Shalom! My name is Paul Robert Thomas, my Hebrew name is David Ben Avraham, & I am a published song lyricist (try saying that after a few beers:)!
I was born & grew up in North London with Camden Town, Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill & Regents Park as my playgrounds.
I now live (or try my best to live) in Israel. I have some Welsh blood in me too as my mother & grandmother were from Swansea in Wales.
My musical & lyrical roots are drawn from English Folk, American Folk & Blues, Christian/Gospel with influences from English nursery rhymes and church hymns.
I am always writing song lyrics and I work with bands and artists from all over the world - England, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Israel & The USA.
I am a member of the MCPS-PRS Alliance (ASCAP), London (CAE 497904008) and the International Songwriters Association.
I write lyrics so that songs can be created from them, so if you are a singer/songwriter/composer then feel free to contact me via Facebook, my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my music site at http://www.paullyrics.com or my secondary website at http://myspace.com/paullyricist (I will only work with people who have manners and are looking to share 50/50 - I detest and have no time for those too many in the 'music world' who are looking to make a 'fast buck' on the back of someone else)! - Cheers & wishing you all the best & of course ‘Shalom’ - Paul:)!