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BIOGRAPHY - Paulette McWilliams


Chicago has always produced great musical talent. Paulette McWilliams is no exception to that rule. She started singing before she could talk and even as a child, Paulette amazed her listeners with her low, deep, sultry, velvety tones and an incredibly wide range. She has quite a long and extensive musical history. She was the lead singer with Ask Rufus and before she left the group, she introduced her friend Chaka to Ask Rufus to take her place. They sang together for a short period in Ask Rufus and have remained close friends through the years. Paulette was introduced to Quincy Jones via cassette sent by Phil Upchurch (famous jazz guitarist). Quincy immediately made her his solo/lead singer for his "Body Heat" tour. Quincy introduced her on the "Mellow Madness" album of which she co-wrote the title song. While in Japan, she sang a duet on stage with Sarah Vaughan as Quincy Jones conducted the orchestra. She has recorded and/or sung live duets with Marvin Gaye (on his last tour), Johnny Mathis (2 duets on his album Different Kinda Different) and she sang a solo on Noel Pointer's last CD. Paulette has sung backups, live on tour for numerous artists. She was one of Bette Midler's famous "Harlettes" and performed all over the world with Bette including 8 weeks on Broadway!! She also toured and recorded with Luther Vandross for over 20 years. Paulette has recorded with Mary J. Blige as well as appeared with Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Anastacia, Whitney Houston, Patty LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Dennis Edwards (from The Temptations) and many others. The list goes from A-Z. You may not know it, but you have heard her voice many times. She is the voice behind many TV and radio commercials you hear daily such as Folgers, McDonalds, Diet Pepsi (with Britney Spears), Cadillac, Cover Girl, American Express, Celebrex, Master Card, United Airlines, Budweiser and the "Love Jones" by Mercedes. Paulette has also performed many times on TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, David Letterman, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Arsenio Hall, Rosie O'Donnell and Good Morning America!! with artists including Luther Vandross, Barry White, Jennifer Lopez, Anita Baker and Mariah Carey. Awards shows include The Grammy Show with Marvin Gaye, and with Luther Vandross a few times. In addition, she has recorded on numerous movie soundtracks. Paulette appears in videos for the Emmy award winning PBS children's show, "Between The Lions", and her voice is featured in many of the special segments on that show. Paulette's first CD entitled "Flow" was recorded and released in Japan on Columbia records with amazing reviews and accolades. Paulette has recently released a new CD entitled "Telling Stories" with Tom Scott; her long time friend and business partner. They've been performing all over the world, performing to sold out audiences in London at Ronnie Scotts 3 times, The Blue Note in Tokyo and in Milan, Duc Des Lombardes in Paris, and some of the Jazz festivals around the world; including the Java Jazz festival, the Monterey Jazz festival, the Ginza Jazz Festival (Tokyo) and the Trinidad Jazz festival, where she performed with Cedar Walton. The Single "Too Hot" is being released any day now. Written by George Brown from (Kool and the Gang), it features the amazing vocal skills of Will Downing, alongside Paulette. Also Ray Parker Jr. is playing guitar on this track. Internet stations are already talking about making the "Too Hot" single pick of the week! In addition to being a vocalist / songwriter / actress Paulette studied at Stella Adler in New York and Lee Strasberg in Los Angeles.

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