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Paul Peterson, Bass

Performed or Recorded With:

Steve Miller
David Sanborn
The Spice Girls
Anita Baker
Paula Abdul
George Benson
Jonny Lang
The Corrs
Neneh Cherry
Shannon Curfmann
Tuck & Patty
Tevin Campbell
Sergio Mendes

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Paul Peterson, Bass

Paul Peterson is the youngest son of a musical dynasty lovingly referred to as Minnesota's First Family of Music, based in Minneapolis.

Peterson was discovered at the young age of seventeen by the legendary artist Prince, and was designated to appear in his 1984 Academy Award Winning film Purple Rain as the new keyboard player in the chart topping R & B group The Time. Peterson's foray into the big leagues was under way at a rapid pace. He shortly thereafter contributed his keyboard prowess to the groups platinum album Ice Cream Castles (#24 pop), and the infectious single Jungle Love (#6 R&B/20 pop).

After the surprising disintegration of the group later that year, Prince, who had recognized Peterson's talent as a gifted vocalist during the filming of Purple Rain, recruited him to front the burgeoning new group, The Family, whose self-titled debut was released on Prince's expanding Paisley Park label in September of 1985.

With the eventual demise of The Family, St. Paul released his self-titled debut album on MCA Records in 1986. In 1990, Peterson released his second eagerly awaited solo CD, Down To The Wire on Atlantic Records. More recent releases consist of 1996's Blue Cadillac, a personal project created to satiate his many international fans, and a fiery live recording as a member of the funky Minneapolis All-stars.

With his musical skills and contributions firmly established, Peterson has been and continues to be in high demand as a studio musician lending his musical chops to yet another impressive list of artists and their varied recording projects, a partial list including Jonny Lang, The Corrs, The Spice Girls, Neneh Cherry, Shannon Curfmann, Tuck & Patty, Anita Baker, Paula Abdul, Prince, Tevin Campbell, Sergio Mendes, David Sanborn, and George Benson.

Peterson is indeed a prestigious recording artist, but is also known as a thrilling live performer complementing a richly diverse list of talented artists he has performed with, including, Stevie Wonder, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Lionel Richie, Reba McIntire, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys, Little Richard, Boy George, Kenny Loggins, Robert Palmer, David Sanborn and Dolly Parton to name but a few.

Peterson recently finished up a two-year assignment playing bass on the popular nationally syndicated Donny & Marie television show. Always wanting to stretch himself artistically, Peterson has recently signed on, after a personal request by Donny Osmond, to serve as his musical director for the singer's first solo tour in eleven years.

Obviously a man on a mission, Peterson continues to embrace new musical challenges and is always searching for new ways to express his explosive creativity. He has in fact throughout his acclaimed career, expertly demonstrated himself to be a consummate artist, studio musician, live performer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, drums, guitar and vocals), songwriter, arranger, producer and musical director, with many more musical horizons ahead of him to explore.

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