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Paul ‘JusPaul’ Spires, is a multitalented singer-songwriter and event host. Currently, he is a recording artist with independent label, Oy Boyz Records. He is also male vocalist with legendary, Grammy-nominated jazz/funk band, The Blackbyrds, and founding member of DC-based rap group, TopShelf Starz. He holds his own as an independent R&B artist whose talent and unique vocal stylings are evident in his successful releases of mixtapes including Left Field in 2010, JusPaul in May 2014 and Bobby Brown Jr. in October 2014. He has acquired a following not only for his many hit songs but also for the captivating hooks he provides on collaborations with other artists.
Paul began his semi-professional musical endeavors with competition-winning performances in middle school as battle rapper and freestyle artist, aka ‘Crucial Thoughtz’ (Thoughts). He was reigning champion against upper class, older student/rappers gaining recognition from then-popular WPGC-FM DJs Flexx and Rane. He went on to collaborate with local singer, Devante Gardner, performing as special guests at many cultural and music festivals and events including many sponsored by WPGC-FM for a few years. During his high school years, he was very active musically. He co-founded TopShelf Starz, a rap group with classmates from Washington DC’s Anacostia High School and also became part of TheHouseDC youth ministry in Anacostia Southeast DC. His musical talents also translated into work with TeenChampionsDC’s youth development program where he along with TopShelf penned the very popular song, “I Wanna Go to College.” The “College” song became the daily morning inspirational broadcast song for several years at Bladensburg High School (Bladensburg, MD). He also penned a contest-winning song that was developed into local and national television commercial that aired as part of D.C. Tobacco Free Families (DCTFF) and American Heart Association underage youth smoking cessation campaigns.
He continued to perform musically after completing high school and attending community college. He even sang at an official 2009 Presidential Inaugural Event. His continued work with one of his music mentors whom he met at Anacostia High School, Keith Killgo (Chairman of Fine Arts at Anacostia HS, Drummer, and Original Member of Blackbyrds) led to his becoming male vocalist with The Blackbyrds in 2011. The group re-formed and released, Gotta Fly, its first studio album in decades. The release included Track 1: “I Need Your Love” with Paul Spires on lead vocals. In 2012, the band’s European tour included performances in France, London, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain. Paul continued performing extensively with The Blackbyrds, TopShelf Starz and honing his craft at local open mics, clubs and lounges for the next few years. He also continued his work in youth development as lead facilitator with nationally recognized nonprofit organization, MetroTeenAIDS. His musical talents coupled with his leadership skills helped grow the organization’s “Freestyle Center” and “Freestyle Fridays” into an integral tool in promoting HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness as well as youth educational development.
In 2013, he took his professional music endeavors to the next level as a solo artist. To signify his musical development as well as answer the often asked question of what genre would he categorize himself, he changed his stage moniker to ‘JusPaul.’ The music associated with the name quickly began to gain new audiences in addition to solidifying the expectations of his faithful supporters.
In early 2014, he signed with independent label, Oy Boyz Records. As a newly signed artist with Oy Boyz, he hit the studio and stages with his signature vigor recording, performing and collaborating with label mates and many other artists. In May 2014, Oy Boyz Records presented his self-titled mixtape release, Jus Paul. The EP’s hit singles "Halfway," "Red Cups" and "Too Turnt" received positive coverage on several internet outlets including The Source.com, EliteDC.com, HipHopSince1987, World Star Hip Hop and AllHipHop. During promotions for the mixtape, JusPaul was featured on 93.9 WPGC-FM's DMV Spotlight with DJ Mr. Peter Parker in addition to several internet radio shows. The Jus Paul mixtape release and song release performance tours included venues such as The King of Diamonds (Miami, FL); SOB's NYC and several popular DC music venues. The success of the Jus Paul EP along with his demand at the Up and Up Open Mic also led to the establishment of the “Jus Paul Jam Session” segment at the popular D.C. open mic. JusPaul was also selected as a featured artist at the open mic after performing there for four years beginning in his high school years.
The wave of successful singles, performances and media attention for JusPaul continues as even his feature with Pinky Killacorn (“Tequila”) now on iTunes and radio rotation garners positive reviews as well as features with Che Merk (“That’s All”), King Shug (“Born Into”), X-Kalibur (“Go Crazy”) and Tino (“No Filter”), to name a few. He then followed up the Jus Paul EP with his homage to one of his musical inspirations and an R&B legend in October 2014 as part of Oy Boyz Records “OYTOBER TAKEOVER” Campaign with the release of his latest mixtape, Bobby Brown Jr.
The October 15, 2014 release of Bobby Brown Jr. simultaneously illuminated and accelerated the recognition of the talented independent artist known as ‘JusPaul.’ Positive industry reviews and an ever-increasing fan base is no surprise to longtime supporters. Bobby Brown Jr. mixtape’s first single produced by @David Knocks & HouseDC “Alive” as well as its additional hit singles “Fling,” “The World” and “Melanie” are still abuzz and actively downloading. He continues to hone his craft, record, write and perform vigorously.
JusPaul’s musical artistry is unlimited and not to be defined by generic genres -- giving rise to his stage moniker and the only appropriate description -- JUSPAUL.