In Bern, Switzerland an 11 year old Paola Kraehenbuehl sings in her school choir and discovers her desire for the stage. Choir practice led to competitions and winning led to the conviction that music is her message.
Vocally trained at the Swiss Jazz School, her singing/songwriting career since then has only moved in the positive direction. Shortly after recording her first demo with producer Ben Thaler, the two became known as pioneers of soul music in Switzerland, Paola's song "You gotta know what you want" was aired in Montreal, Canada. Using this momentum her singing ability was noticed by national and international artist's R&B singer Emel, and rapper Kamel of the famous French group Alliance Ethnic(Respect yourself) with whom she co-wrote several songs with. Paola knew exactly what she wanted. She recorded her first single "Strong" with Session All-stars Compilation released on Universal Records as well as re-writing and performing the anthem of her hometown in Switzerland. "Constant evolution of change".
While working as a registered nurse, opportunity presented itself. Winning a spot on Pop Stars (Switzerland's equivalent to American Idol) was key exposure and a catalyst for a number of performances; attracting audiences with a 10-piece band in Russia, Germany and the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, where she performed alongside The Roots' Rahzel. Her impression was felt by Japanese Jazz musician Kenji Hino, with whom Paola spent time writing and singing with for his album release in May 2003 with Colombia Records Japan.
Relocating her gift to the States in '03, Paola now resides in New York and Los Angeles working with well versed producer Selan Lerner, whose musical prowess is only complemented by his counterparts. The musical director for R&B singer Joe also works with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Masters at Work and DJ Spinna,Louie Vega.
Paola is working with producers all over the world. creating the full length album. She was in the Studio with Roots last year working on a new track. Her lyrics inspired by life and her sounds are original and a joy for all ears. On stage, this spirited young woman is a breath of fresh air, touching the audience with her positive energy. With a candid approach, she takes us on a journey of funky soul music, arriving to captivating ballads. In New York she was seen at Sob's, Chetty Red, Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, Village Underground, The Eden Bar and Killis.
In Los Angeles Temple Bar and Knitting Factory, Conga Room.
"I live to feel, breathe and be music. Music touches without judging and changes people in the best way. I write songs about life, society, nature and everything that surrounds the you and me. I try to keep my mind open, Inspiration and Reflection." - Paola Jean New York 2004.