PAUL BULLEN

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Biography

Paul has been Musical Director for winners of X-Factor and The Voice; he has duetted with Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz; played keyboards for Spice Girl Melanie C; and mentored young artists starting out in the industry including Aaron Floyd and The Voice Kids 2017 winner Jess Folley. 

 

He began his career in television, working on various major entertainment shows including SM:TV Live, CD:UK, Fame Academy, Big Brother and T4. He worked in several positions: producing, filming, editing, writing scripts and interviews, casting, briefing presenters and studio guests, doing audience warm ups and looking after the welfare of contributors on reality TV shows.  

 

Alongside this he would often return to his family’s music venue & recording studio in Essex to record live music videos for artists, and engineer studio sessions. He was fortunate enough to encounter a number of artists on their way to success including teenagers Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. Paul also performed regularly himself and in 2007 Jason Mraz invited him to duet his international hit ‘I’m Yours’ on his UK tour.  

 

In 2011 he left his job as Producer on the TV show Big Brother, to become Musical Director for Matt Cardle, who had recently won The X-Factor. They met during studio sessions and with Matt’s new found success, embarked on a UK theatre tour to promote Matt’s debut album. Live performances on X-Factor and other TV and radio shows followed… and many years and UK tours later Paul and Matt are still working together. 

 

Alongside working with Matt, in 2013, Paul became Musical Director for The Voice Andrea Begley to promote her debut album after winning The Voice UK. Then in 2014, he met Spice Girl Melanie C on Matt Cardle’s Porcelain Tour and accompanied her on keyboards playing hits ‘I Turn To You’ and ‘Never Be The Same’.

 

He is now putting all of these experiences to use, mentoring and managing a new generation of talented young artists in their early teens. This includes The Voice Kids 2017 winner Jess Folley. His aim is to help them develop from great singers into creative exciting artists. 

 

In his free time, Paul likes to keep fit and has run various Marathons including London, Rome, Paris and New York. He also teaches piano and runs community choirs, bringing people together to sing and get into music.  

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Christmas Concerts ON SALE NOW!

November 24, 2019

Tickets are ON SALE now for my Choir Christmas Concerts on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd December.  I'll be hosting and conducting the festive concerts in the beautiful Ashlyns Chapel in Berkhamsted.  We've got several BRILLIANT guest performers (including a name or two you may recognise), and there'll be 100 singers in the choir to serenade you whilst you enjoy mince pies and mulled wine and get all Christmassy.   Last year tickets sold out within a week, so we've added a second night.  Get in quick though to avoid disappointment :) 

Matt Cardle Shows

November 16, 2019

Great time performing with Matt and Ali at a couple of intimate Pizza Express Live shows in Central London.  Thanks to all the fans who came along.  These might be the last shows of this kind for a while as, next up we're rehearsing for December's full band shows.  Click the link for tickets for those... 

Slimefest 2019

October 19, 2019

This weekend I was up in Blackpool with Jess Folley as she performed at Nickelodeon Slimefest 2019.  We had a great time with all the other acts including Max & Harvey, Diversity, Kira Kosarin, Raye, New Hope Club and Roadtrip. Check out the behind the scenes footage video! 

Choir Christmas Concert

December 09, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to my first ever Choir Christmas Concert! We sold out Ashlyns Chapel and in the process raised £3000 for Chiltern Music Therapy.  Combined with other gigs I'm happy to say we helped raised over £12,000 for charitable causes in December 2019!  Thank you to our guest vocalists Jess Folley & Azu Yeché, the audience and of course the choir for being absolutely brilliant.   Click the link to see us performing Lean On Me! 

BBC Radio 2 Live Performance

April 21, 2018

Matt, Ali and I returned to Radio 2 to perform Matt's latest single 'Desire' live on the Michael Ball Show.  Matt and I also did a cover of Chandelier by Sia.  Matt's album 'Time To Be Alive' is out now!  If you'd like to have a listen click the link button.

St Clements Dane Concert, London

December 18, 2017

My choir ended a busy year of gigs with a Christmas concert at St Clements Dane Church on The Strand in London. The event raised money for The Anderson Foundation (for children with Autism).   It was a fantastic night and an amazing way to end the year.  Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Choir On The Green.  Can't wait for everything to come in 2018.  

Congratulations Jess!!

July 16, 2017

Last night the wonderful Jess Folley won the final of The Voice Kids UK. Thank you to everyone who voted for her. It means the world to her and her family. If you'd like to follow her career from here, go check out her website.  There you can join the mailing list and there are links to all of her social media pages too.  Well done Jess!!! 

Berkofest 2017

July 08, 2017

I'm happy to announce I'll be running The Bullen's New Music stage at Berkofest 2017, on Sept 9th.  First person confirmed to appear is the brilliant Jess Folley who is currently finalist in The Voice Kids UK on ITV.   The main stage is headlined by Dan Gillespie Sells (lead vocalist from The Feeling), Alabama 3, and John Power (Cast).   Tickets on sale now. 

West End Live with Matt Cardle

June 24, 2017

Matt and I returned to the stage in Trafalgar square for the second year running, to perform The Prologue from Les Miserables.  The crowds were enormous, and we were onstage after the amazing Kerri Ellis who is a really tough act to follow, but as always Matt was brilliant.  

London Marathon

April 22, 2017

I made it around the Marathon today in 3hrs 14 minutes.   I was running for The National Autistic Society.  Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me. The generosity from Matt Cardle fans, Aaron Floyd fans, my choir, friends, relatives and strangers has been amazing. In under a week my page received over £3500 of sponsorship so I'm really grateful. It's a great cause and you've all made a big difference. Special thanks to Dean Floyd for the generous donation... and for signing me up in the first place!  

Choir On The Green with Blake

March 31, 2017

Well done to everyone in Choir On The Green for a fantastic night singing with Classical Brit Award Winners Blake. From humble beginnings a year and a half ago, the choir has grown into something really special.  I feel so lucky to have such a great group.  To see more photos, or learn more about Choir On The Green, visit the website.

European Tour with Aaron Floyd

December 12, 2016

Congratulations to Aaron for another amazing tour. We went all around Germany and Switzerland supporting German Pop Star Lukas Rieger. Thank you to Lukas and his team for being so generous and welcoming... and to all the fans who made this an incredible experience.  Aaron, his family and I can't wait to return again soon.  Check out the photos here x

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Music Credits

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