A local musician is excited after possibly striking a deal with a global record label.
Paul Tanners, 51, who used to live in Stanmore, first picked up a guitar at the age of 47 and said his short career in the music industry has been a bit of whirlwind.
In a performance with his band, The Days, a member of the audience liked Paul’s voice and said she wanted to introduce him to Billy Lawrie, a famous singer/songwriter.
“Once I started writing with Billy and after previewing some of our tracks to big stars in the industry, who loved it, it started to feel real,” said Paul.
“We have written 17 tracks in total and Warner Records have had a listen and said they want to possibly do a distribution deal which will be massive.
“It has always been a dream and passion of mine since I was a kid but only properly got into it when I was around 47.”
At the age of 40, Paul stopped breathing after his lung burst and was taken to hospital after paramedics brought him back to life.
As traumatic as it was, Paul said it made him look at life different and his perspectives changed so he started to get into music.
He added: “It made me refocus life. I knew there was more to life, but it really woke me up. Once I got a family, I focussed on working hard and providing for them – I didn’t really focus on me.”
Alongside his career in music, Paul runs his own business, Alan Day VW and works with children with down syndrome and autism.
In November, Paul and his band, The Days, are performing in a charity concert in Kings Cross for Cancer Research – information can be found on their Facebook page; The Days Band 7.