International Indigenous Hip-Hop Award-nominated producer PaulStar makes his debut as a performer
Canadian singer-songwriter and producer PaulStar explores long-held and unexpressed grief on his new single, “One Last Time.”
“This is the very first song I worked on in the fall last year, and I finished it that winter,” he recalled. “It’s about losing a loved one.
“It took me a few years to grieve for my grandfather. I had no words to express that grief in a song until that fall. From there, I included the others I’ve lost as well.”
A preview of his forthcoming fall 2020 album, Find Myself, “One Last Time” marks a step in a new realm for PaulStar, a.k.a. Paul Napash. Nominated for an International Indigenous Hip-Hop Award for Best Producer and Beatmaker, the engineer, producer, and composer helms the record label, PaulStar Entertainment and has released a series of acclaimed singles on it. However, Find Myself officially puts Paul on the other side of the desk or stage – as the performer.
A member of the Eeyou istchee community who was born and raised in Chisasibi, QC and now lives in Ottawa, the multi-disciplinary Cree artist said he “bathed in music from infancy” thanks to his uncle’s weekly band rehearsals.
“I quickly got into how music can act as a unifier within a community. I picked up a guitar at age nine and realized there’d be no returning on this musical journey.
“I’m trying to go for something that represents the world as I live it, while sharing the best things in the world for me as I sense them,” he added. “I’m proud of the way I’ve come, but there’s still a lot to accomplish.”
“One Last Time” is available now. Find Myself is available Oct. 2, 2020.