Singer/songwriter/pianist Paola Vera has been described as a ‘Jazz chick with hits’ (Richard Niles) and a ‘truly gifted improviser’ (Pete Churchill) . She first started singing and playing the piano at the age of 13, later going on to continue her musical education at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music after receiving the Elton John Scholarship in London.
In 2007 Paola was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Award for outstanding young Jazz musicians in association with Jazzwize magazine. She has since gone on to receive several awards including prizes for best accompanist in the Finsterwalde Pop and Jazz competition Germany, best improvisation and 2nd place in Lithuwania at the International Jazz Vocalist Competition held in Klaipeda.
Paola’s music blends her passion for jazz with a modern edge; a fresh take on groove which she infuses into her own song writing and a new slant on old songs. She sites many influences including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Nat King Cole….
Paola performs internationally with a variety of different projects all over the world. The last few years have seen her perform in San Francisco, Paris, London, LA… Her first album ‘Spellbound’ was released in 2012 on Pathway Records and features her talents as a songwriter and pianist – available on iTunes and Amazon. Her most recent EP ‘Sing out loud’ came out in June 2015 . She is currently working on her second album, due for release later in 2016!