Purchase Paul Hardcastle
Paul Hardcastle [Dec. 11, 1957] never planned to become a musician;
he wanted to race motorcycles for a living. But after an accident
sidelined those dreams, he discovered his true calling.
Working as a stereo salesman, he famously traded some video
equipment for his first synthesizer. Following some minor underground
dance club hits, Hardcastle made a name for himself with the
song, "19," about young soldiers in the VietNam war. A few years
later, "Rainforest" established him on the smooth jazz scene.
In addition to cranking out his own hits, either solo or with
his Jazzmasters, Hardcastle has produced or remixed a variety
of artists ranging from Luther Vandross and Barry White to Ian
Dury and the Blockheads. He's also been active in creating music
for movies (The Spice Girls, SpiceWorld) and TV (including
writing a new theme for the BBC's Top of the Pops).
Two of Paul's children, Maxine and Paul Jr., are also musically-inclined
and frequently work with their dad on his music.