Music changes lives. A new recording from a Westport, Connecticut-based indie-rock band is proof of that.
The Paula G Reality’s new self-titled CD has been a project that’s been brewing on the back burner for years. It took a life changing event to bring it front and center.
Paula Gallo has been involved in music since childhood. She took piano lesson, sang in the chorus, and made music with friends throughout high school and college.
While Paula was talented in music she also was talented in art. So after graduating college she became a graphic designer eventually landing a lucrative corporate job that included worldwide travel.
However, in the economic downturn in 2008 Gallo found herself unemployed – and mired in depression.
One day a friend gave her a ticket to a music show featuring a group called Band Together that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. That event changed her life.
“I met a whole community of people that were making a difference with music. It rekindled my passion for music,” said Gallo. She began teaching music lessons in piano and voice.
She also started singing at local bars gaining notice and fans. Her powerful singing voice soon earned her gigs as a sideman for various bands including Band Together, who she performed with at the annual Connecticut music festival, the Gathering of the Vibes.
In 2010, Paula formed her own band with keyboard player John Lamb aka LambBone . Lamb has four solo CDs to his credit including Wild Man in 2008. The two started writing original songs for the new band. Lamb brought in drummer Jim Syarto and guitar player Scott Williams to go with his own thumping Moog bass which is one of the band’s signature sounds.
The band has already landed some big gigs and has been hooking up with some music heavyweights.
Their New York debut took place in May, 2011 at the Samsung Experience at Time Warner Center.
Emmy award winning guitar player Charlie Karp consulted on the recordings and appears on two tracks. The recording was produced by Mark Hermann, whose production credits include Five for Fighting and The Tudors on Showtime.
So for Paula Gallo this is not just another record, it’s a celebration of a lifetime of passion for music finally becoming a reality – the Paula G Reality.
The Paula G Reality CD
Tell Me Now (Lamb-Gallo)
Long Cold Hard Way (Lamb-Gallo)
Leave Me Alone Please Don’t Go (Lamb-Gallo)
Wild man (Lamb)
So Cold (Lamb-Gallo)
Paula Gallo – vocals
Scott Williams – guitar
John Lamb – keyboards, moog bass, vocals
Jim Syarto – drums
special guest: Charlie Karp – guitar on Leave Me Alone Please Don’t Go and
background vocals on Long Cold Hard Way
Produced by Mark Hermann; Mastered by Tom Brick
Recorded at Studio 23 Music in Fairfield, CT and The Dungeon in Harlem, NY
Engineered by Mark Hermann & John Lamb
Photography by Kate Eisemann Pictures
Paula’s Hair by Robert Bonito
Paula’s Clothes by Dress Code, Westport, CT
Cover Art by Paula Gallo