Kevin Paul

Kevin Paul was born and raised in the city of Chicago, he left home as a teenager to pursue his love of music. The Chitlin’ Circuit in the 70’s was a virtual training ground for him where he developed a knack for playing inside the polyrhythms that were the basis for many grooves found in popular Funk music of the era.

Moving forward he landed with fellow Chicagoans Ted & Mitch Aliotta and John Jeremiah in the “Acme Thunder Band” replacing iconic guitar wizard Harvey Mandel. Harvey would later return the favor to Kevin upon his exiting the band.

Next stop was as staff musician and writer for Jericho Productions and member of the original act “small idols”. Other Jericho artists Steve "Silk" Hurley and Shawn Christopher were experiencing commercial success and Kevin was tasked with writing and playing on numerous sessions for a number of artists.

Kevin logged many years playing with Chicago Blues Legend Bumble Bee Bob Novak throughout the club and festival circuit. He also took up residence in The Jan James Band touring Europe for the Provogue label on several occasions in the 90’s.

In 1998 Kevin helped form StikMen who went on to be selected as one of the Top Twenty Unsigned Acts in America in 2000. A publishing deal was procured with the Westwood Music Group and two Indie CD’s were released on that label. Harvey Mandel would reappear to contribute to the 2nd StikMen release livin’ proof.  The band was courted by Original Muscle Shoals Swamper Jimmy Johnson but a deal to join a new forming label would never materialize. Kevin produced StikMen for Young Heroes Music Inc., co-writing all of the band’s originals and overseeing the company’s entry into Internet marketing which was quickly becoming a viable tool for Indie artists. StikMen’s songs were downloaded over a half million times in 2000. The track “More Than Money” from the first release was selected for inclusion in the recent documentary film “Going Places”.  Kevin Stik Paul soon became known as a producer and writer, in particular for his instrumental compositions.

In more recent times Kevin co-founded 1969, breathing new life into classics from the Woodstock era and occupies stage right in the dynamic show band Generation.  When needed, Kevin subs for guitarist extraordinaire Wil Crosby in R-Gang playing R&B, funk & soul from the Motown era. He continues to compose and produce his own compositions and can be seen performing regularly at festivals, concerts, clubs and corporate events.