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Harkland / Press

“I got to sit down with friend, singer, and songwriter Paul Knakk, who breaks the standard “1 in 10 songs is a hit” rule and creates an abundance of music that would have overtaken the once highly rated TRL every day. Paul Knakk is a gem.”

“The truth is, the competition wasn’t even close. Knakk was the only contestant among the four finalists who picked notes on his guitar rather than strum chords (although much of his songs also were strummed). And he offered up a lot of energy on stage. His songs also were the most interesting – offering up, if not the only hooks of the night, certainly the most and the best. He strummed dynamically, attacking the strings on such songs as “Jealousy” (probably his best) and “Waiting on Superman). He also beat-boxed with his mouth, sang scat and rapped lyrics – which on the closing “The Real Song,” had the audience clapping along. It also helped that Knakk, who said he’s only been performing about two years, had a bunch of charisma, often smiling broadly.”