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Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 23 January 1987) is a Scottishmarker singer/songwriter from Paisleymarker. Both his parents are Scottish, although his father is of Italian descent, from Bargamarker, Tuscany, and his family has been in Scotland for four generations.

Nutini's debut album, These Streets, was released by Atlantic Records in the United Kingdom in July 2006 and included the singles "Last Request", "Jenny Don't Be Hasty", "Rewind" and "New Shoes", "Last Request" being the most successful, reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart. The album peaked at number three on the UK Album Chart and was certified 3× platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In May 2009 Nutini released his second album, Sunny Side Up, which debuted at number one in the UK and has produced three singles; "Candy" "Coming Up Easy" and "Pencil Full of Lead". It has so far been certified platinum by the BPI.

Musical career

Early life and breakthrough

Paolo Nutini was taught singing by Avril McCusker for three and half years, but was expecting to follow his father into the family fish and chip shop business. He was first encouraged to sing by his music-loving grandfather, Jackie, and a teacher at his school, St Andrews Academy, who recognised his talent. He left school to work as a roadie and to sell t-shirts for Speedway. He spent three years learning the music business and performing live. He later worked as a studio hand at Glasgow's Park Lane Studio.

His big chance came when he attended a concert staged by 102.5 Clyde 1 for David Sneddon's return to his home town of Paisley at the beginning of 2003. Sneddon was delayed, and as the winner of an impromptu pop quiz, Nutini was given the chance to perform a couple of songs on stage during the wait. The favourable reaction of the crowd impressed another member of the audience, Brendan Moon who offered to become his manager. Brendan and his business partner Mike Bawden continue to manage Paolo.

Only 17, Nutini moved to Londonmarker and performed regularly at The Bedford pub in Balhammarker. Other radio and live appearances followed, including two live acoustic spots on Radio London, The Hard Rock Cafe, and support slots for Amy Winehouse and KT Tunstall.

Nutini performing in September 2006.


These Streets (2006 - 2009)

Throughout 2006 Nutini played a number of sold-out concerts in the UK and performed at a wide variety of venues worldwide, including King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, a TV appearance on Later with Jools Holland, Carnegie Hallmarker in New Yorkmarker, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Wireless Festival, Oxegen and T in the Park. He supported the Rolling Stones in Viennamarker and was invited to appear with them again at the Don Valley Stadiummarker in August 2006. He was also booked to appear at the V Festival and The Austin City Limits Music Festivalmarker, Texasmarker later in 2006, with a European tour in the autumn. In May 2006, he also played at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundeemarker.

On Hogmanay 2006, Paolo appeared on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live celebrations, after the official celebrations in Princes Street Gardensmarker were cancelled at short notice due to abysmal weather. He performed several songs in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castlemarker for the TV audience with little or no rehearsal.

On Wednesday 11 April 2007, Paolo performed in a concert that was streamed live via MSN Music.

Paolo is a big Celtic F.C. and FC St. Pauli supporter and was criticised by fans for allegedly coming on stage seemingly drunk after celebrating Celtic's title win in April 2007. This has been vigorously denied by Paolo himself and his management, who said that Paolo was just mumbling as he sang, and that the set was subject to several technical problems that made him difficult to hear.

Paolo performed at the Glastonbury Festivalmarker in June 2007 on the famous Pyramid Stage on the second day of the event. Nutini also performed at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadiummarker on 7 July 2007, with his set including a cover of "What A Wonderful World", a classic pop tune by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, and George Douglas. He performed the following day at T in the Park, in Scotlandmarker.

Scottish independent TV company Volt MediaFix are currently making a one-off special documentary on Paolo's recent US tour. The programme, for the BBC, was scheduled for broadcast on BBC2, on Thursday 7 June throughout Scotland and on Sky channel 990 throughout the rest of the UK.

His song "Last Request" featured at the end of the Scrubs episode "My Words of Wisdom" from season 6 and also during the One Tree Hill season 4 episode "The Birth and Death of the Day." His song "Million Faces" was featured at the end of the Grey's Anatomy episode "Testing 1-2-3" from Season 3 and is on the Volume 3 Soundtrack of the show. His song "Rewind" was also played at the end of CSI: Miami episode "Broken Home" in season 5. His song "Jenny, Don't Be Hasty" was also featured on another member of the CSI franchise when it was played on the season 3 finale episode of CSI: NY, "Snow Day". His song "New Shoes" was featured in The Jane Austen Book Club and in a TV ad forPuma AG during summer 2008. On 24 July 2007, Paolo was awarded The Golden St. Christopher medal by the city of Bargamarker in Italymarker, the highest honour the city can give, to celebrate his extraordinary contributions to Barga and its people.. On 17 September, Paolo performed on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno performing the song "Last Request". In September 2007, Paolo recorded a short radio show with imeem.com where he listed his top 10 favourite tracks and the reasons behind his choices. In October 2007, Paolo performed for the annual Voodoo Fest held in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2008, Paolo's music will also be featured in a movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. On New Year's Eve 2008–09, Paolo performed at the Hogmanay street parties in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, becoming the first act to play both locations on the same day for the event. In The View's new album Which Bitch?, he is featured singing on the song "Covers".

Sunny Side Up (2009 - present)

On 1st June 2009, Nutini released his second studio album Sunny Side Up, which went straight in at number 1. The first single from the album "Candy" was released on 25 May. In July, he appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, performing "Coming Up Easy". This was released as the second single to the album on 10 August and it debuted at #62 in the UK Singles Chart on 16 August 2009. On 10 September 2009, Nutini performed "Coming Up Easy" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. The third single from the album will be "Pencil Full of Lead", and has already made its way onto radio stations.

The album received a mixed critical reception. Allmusic's Thom Jurek noted the move away from the sound of the debut album: "Nutini has taken huge chunks of America's (and Scotland's) pop and folk pasts and reshaped them in his own image," going on to describe it as "wise beyond this songwriter's years". Andy Gill of The Independent commented on Nutini's progress since his debut, saying the album "sees the singer making giant strides in several directions", and going on to say "don't be surprised if, come December, this is one of the year's biggest-selling albums." Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph was also positive, stating "his joyous second album organically blends soul, country, folk and the brash, horny energy of ragtime swing."

Some reviewers were less impressed. It was described by The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan as "not bad", with opening track "10/10" described as "jaunty enough to make you retch". Graeme Thompson of The Observer saw the album as an attempt by Nutini at "rebranding himself as a mongrel hybrid of John Martyn, Otis Redding and Bob Marley".

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with sales of over 60,000 copies, fighting off strong competition from Love & War, the debut album of fellow male solo artist, Daniel Merriweather. The album performed similarly well on the Irish Albums Chart, debuting at number two behind Eminem's new album before rising to the top of the charts the week after.

The album has been one of the best UKmarker album sales of the year.On the UK Albums Chart on the Week of Monday 19 Oct, the album move from #31 to #5, making the album sell more than the The Saturdays second album.

Recording history

Paolo Nutini performing in 2008.
Paolo made his first demo which saw him signed to Atlantic Records in May 2005, shortly after his 18th birthday. He released his first single "These Streets" as a free download in May 2006, this was then followed by his next single "Last Request" which was released on 4 July 2006 and charted at #5 in the official UK charts.In the video for "Last Request", Nutini plays the part of a robber - though this is not revealed until the end.Nutini's third single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty", was released on 25 September 2006 and got to #20 on the UK Singles Chart."Rewind" was Nutini's fourth single. It was released on 4 December 2006, and reached #27 in the UK.

His debut album These Streets, produced by Ken Nelson (who has also worked with Coldplay and Gomez), was released on 17 July 2006 and immediately entered the UK album charts at #3. Many of the songs on the album, including "Last Request" and "Rewind", were inspired by a turbulent relationship with his girlfriend Teri Brogan, and "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" is a true story about encounters with an older woman.These Streets, as Paolo himself puts it on his official website, he states, "The album is a little glimpse of some of the experiences I have been through in the last three years". In late 2007 he covered Madness' version of Labi Siffre's It Must Be Love for BBC Radio 1's Radio 1 Established 1967 album.

New self-produced second album Sunny Side Up was released on 1 June 2009.

Discography

Albums



Singles



References

  • "Singer Paulo Nutini headlined the Hogmanay bash..." eveningtimes.co.uk, [715495] 1-1-09.


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