"His lyrics are raw and honest."” - J. J. Thayer

Pitch Perfect

Spend time with [The Road Of Life] and you’re likely to find it’s very easy to like; the songs are well crafted, the subjects are believable and there’s an endearing, wholesome feel to it.” - Peter Thompson

Americana UK

John Richard Paul

Northern Michigan-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist specializing in heartfelt, deeply personal lyrics ruminating on life, love and loss, all filtered through a timeless Americana lens. 

A veteran of the Northern Michigan music scene, John Richard Paul has played with a who's who of local artists over the last decade. His most current roles include: bass and vocals for up-and-coming country artist Drew Hale; one half of the popular acoustic duo Rhett & John; bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals for acclaimed singer-songwriter Jack M. Senff & The Heartland Mission; bass and vocals for celebrated singer-songwriter A.S. Lutes; bass for the NMC Jazz Big Band; and bass for local jazz-fusion group East Bay Drive. 

A full-time musician for more than half a decade, John Richard Paul has worked his way to becoming a well-respected mainstay on the Northern Michigan music scene. His debut full length recording, The Road of Life (2024), features musical contributions from fellow Northern Michigan notables Drew Hale (electric guitar), Phillip Parker (producer, cello, keys, guitar, percussion), Will Harris (drums), Chris Sterr (electric guitar), Andrew Dost (keys), Erik Deutsch (keys), Jim Kremidas (pedal steel), Jack Senff (vocals), and Rhett DuCouer (vocals). 

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