The Great Legendary Singing Wonder Frankie “Dancehall” Paul i one of the greatest and most prolific Dancehall singers since the early 1980s, Paul has a rich, soulful voice like a honey-coated stick of butter. He has recorded over 100 albums since the early 1980s. He releases more albums per year than many artists put out in a career, maintaining an exceptional level of quality throughout. Born mostly blind, Paul has been called the “Jamaican Stevie Wonder,” and he was encouraged by Wonder himself after singing with the Motown legend as a teen.
He began singing at an early age. His parents could not afford to buy him musical instruments and therefore Frankie Paul developed his musical skills and talent in the church and in school at the Salvation Army School For The Blind. When Frankie Paul was four years old, he went on the Hope Ship where they worked with him for four years enabling F.P. to see through his right eye. His musical genius continued throughout his childhood. At the age of nine Frankie Paul was suspended for singing in school “too much”. F.P.’s punishment was that he would not be allowed to sing in school for the period of one year.
While still attending the Salvation Army School For The Blind, Frankie Paul met Stucko who introduced him to Earl China Smith, Teddy Renolds and Burtrum Brown. Since that time until this day, Frankie Paul is known throughout Jamaica and the world as one of the most fluent and melodious singers of all-time. At the age of thirteen F.P. sang on his first recording, “African Princess”, recorded at Tuff Gong Studios. After meeting Henry “Jungo” Laws the following year, Frankie Paul took the Reggae market by storm with a string of hits recorded at Channel One.
He performed with the “Mighty Tides”(out of Kingston) where he met A.J. Boots Brown who influenced his musical style and skills. He began to work the hotel-cabaret circuit performing with A.J. in Montego Bay, Portland, Ochi Rios & Kingston. Eventually he continued to perform live with the “High Times Players” thus moving to New York at seventeen.Frankie Paul’s version of Starship’s song “Sara” became his biggest selling hit. His prolific and charismatic style carried F.P. across the globe spreading his fame all over the Caribbean, England, Europe & Japan.
Frankie Paul has gained countless merit for both his recordings and his live performance. In terms of his vocal style, Paul has a sweet sound similar to the great Dennis Brown with his vibrant wealth of enthusiastic energy. Part of his success stems from the excellent artists he works with — from Sly and Robbie’s Taxi label to albums with producers King Jammy, Bobby Digital and Winston Riley.
His hits continued to bring him fame as F.P.s music stayed on dancehall charts in Jamaica and abroad. His songs held the Reggae dancehall chart in N.Y. at once: 1.Worries In The Dance, 2. Pass The Kushunpeng, 3.Hooligan 4.Sara. He has been crowned with a multitude of titles including: F.P. the “Dance Master”, Frankie “Kushunpeng” Paul, “Tune-A-Day” Paul and since 1995 Frankie “Gahgile” Paul.
Frankie is presently in the studio working on a double album Coffee Walk Part 1 & Coffee Walk Part 2 due to be released by Spring 2014
Paul has resided in Gambia since 1994. In January 2016 he underwent surgery to amputate a foot and part of his leg.
Frankie Paul died on 18 May 2017 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
“Frankie Paul has a voice that improves with each release and, although initially compared with Dennis Brown, he has evolved a strange nasal, throaty style that makes him sound much older. It’s the sheer exuberance of his best performances that give away his youthfulness, and his two London appearances have been joyous occasions.” – NME (4 May 1985)