Combining his trademark down home grits and gravy funk, unstoppable grooves, and sizzling, horn drenched blasts of Cajun fire, Dorian Paul created his new song “Shake It Around” to make us think, make us dance, and reflecting the glory he gives to God for every endeavor, “put you on your knees in prayer and help you live again!” The lead single from his eclectic upcoming album Cause I Want To-Cause I Can, the track inspired fans in South Korea to create a YouTube dance video that gained over 40,000 views in just a few weeks.
The multi-talented Houston based artist’s career extends back to the mid-80s, when Tom Joyner broke his debut single “Stacked to the T” in the Dallas area. Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band discovered Dorian and took him under his wing as his protégé for 16 years. During this era, Dorian wrote and co-produced tracks and contributed backing vocals on three GAP Band albums, Gap Band 8 (1986), Straight from The Heart (1988) and Roundtrip (1989). He wrote or co-wrote “I’ll Always Love You,” “Come & Dance,” “I’ll Never Leave You” and “Wednesday Lover,” and arranged and sang vocals on countless others. Over the years, Dorian graced the stage with late greats like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and sang backing vocals for Celine Dion. He also produced projects for Yarbrough & Peoples, Confunkshun, Dazz Band, Pieces of a Dream and Ollie Woodson of The Temptations.
In the gospel music realm, he is the creator of Acca-Thera-Praise (Acapella Therapeutic Praise Music). “Jesus Is,” an album in this style that he produced for Tabernacle, a Houston based ensemble he was a part of, won Album of the Year from the NACAMA (National Acapella Christian Awards Music Association). His solo album Acca-thera-Praise, Vol. 1 For Him to You also won five awards from that organization. Dorian is also a noted author of the book “Oh Men of America, Where Are You?” – which asks men to stand up and accept responsibility at home, work and in dealing with their obligations to society.