The story of Paul Kneipp is one of a person singularly devoted to excellence in music, whether performing, composing, producing or developing artists.
Born in Townsville, North Queensland, Paul left home to play drums professionally at the age of 16 and went on to perform all over Australia, the U.S.A., Germany and New Zealand with a Who’s Who of Australian stars and overseas artists. In between studies at the New South Wales Conservatorium Of Music, Paul toured and recorded his way through the 1980s. Some highlights:
• Marcia Hines • Sharon O’Neill • Jaco Pastorius • Seals and Crofts at the Sydney Opera House • New Orleans Worlds Fair • Leon Berger • Rick Price • Danny LaRue • Rolf Harris • “Blood Brothers” (starring Russell Crowe) • “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (starring Martin Shaw) • “Chess” •“Late Night With Jonno & Danno “ (weekly TV show starring Jonathan Coleman) • Marc Hunter • Tim Finn • Renee Geyer• Wendy Matthews • and toured with the band America in Germany.
Paul moved to Los Angeles after acceptance to the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Afterwards he traveled across the US to play at The Worlds Fair in New Orleans. It was during this period that Paul became interested in production and song writing, subsequently returning to Australia to concentrate on this.
Paul soon met up with singer Chrissy Moy and together they signed a deal with Festival Records. The single ‘Dreamland’ was released, which Paul co-wrote and produced. The pattern of finding and developing artists, writing songs and producing them to then secure a record deal is one that Paul has repeated successfully, many times.
Paul was a driving force behind Australian vocal trio The Robertson Brothers and negotiated their record deal with BMG. The Robertson Brothers were nominated for an ARIA award as Best New Artist and the first single ‘I Know Why’ written and co-produced by Paul, made the top 40 in Australia. Paul wrote four songs for the album which was recorded in Nashville and featured Dan Huff on guitar. 'Symmetry' gained air play in Asia, the U.K., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South America and made it to number one in Lebanon. The Robertson Brothers and Paul toured Germany in the summer of 1995 as support for the group America.
Soon afterwards Paul built a studio with partners Rex Goh and Tim Ryan, writing and recording his own material as well as songs for clients like Tim Finn and Wendy Matthews.
"Flying" is a compilation which features some of Australia's most talented performers, singing songs produced and written or co-written by Paul.