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Paul Fogarty is a performing singer-songwriter born in Clifton, Australia, raised among cattle, sheep, corn monsters, poisonous snakes, floods, famine and other events of biblical proportions.
He feverishly writes dozens of new songs every year as if on a mission to save the world from greed, brutality, corruption, ignorance, delusion, and lies. Paul has worked full-time as a touring singer-songwriter since 2001.
Paul started living early. He began smoking cigarettes at seven and quit when he was fourteen. "I decided it wasn't helping," he says. He started driving tractors at 8, cars at 9 and combine harvesters at 10.
Paul wrote his first songs at age 15. "They just came into my head," he says. "I thought everyone was doing it."
Paul played his first solo songwriter concerts straight out of high school and played 150 gigs his first year. Since then he's been through university, got his BA in journalism, history and philosophy, while working menial jobs to pay the rent.
"I drove cabs in cities where I didn't know where anything was," he says. "Then I got a job at the post office to force myself to know where shit was."
He worked in the civil service and eventually wound up as public relations manager in a hospital in Brisbane.
He then was head-hunted by a financial newspaper and worked two years as an investigative journalist in Sydney.
In 2000 Paul's girlfriend convinced him to quit being a journalist and devote himself full time to his songwriting and concert performance. That same year Paul started up an Original Music outdoor concert with his friend and fellow musician Jay Bishoff called The Peregian Originals. These concerts were held two Sundays a month and are still continuing today 15 years later with upwards of 1000 people in attendance.
In 2003 Paul moved to Germany to get married. He stayed for 11 months and played Irish pubs, small festivals, Songwriter events and opened for Status Quo. "I got the idea that Germany and Europe might be better suited to my music than Australia was," he says.
Paul and his wife returned to Australia in 2004, bought a house, had a daughter, and Paul released his third album "Born Naked" which attracted the attention of Universal Records in New York and other industry figures.
Paul moved back to Europe in 2008 and has toured with Arrested Development, performed with Angelo Kelly, Klaus Weiland, Klaus Major Heuser, C. B. Green, Adwoa Hackmann, Jenny Weisgerber, Wayne Grajeda, Alan Doherty, Steve Reeves and countless others, and written and recorded hundreds of new songs some of which have made it onto the sound tracks of TV Crime Series and movies in GERMANY.
Paul has written more than 1000 songs, plays many different instruments including lap-slide guitar, piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bass and percussion and is constantly on tour through small and medium sized clubs, cafes and acoustic venues throughout Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Austria.