• 8/10/23 ~ Paula Artherton

    Some of Atherton’s past tour dates include the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, The Bishop Arts Theater in Dallas, The Empire Theater in San Antonio, The John Ruffin Theater in Chicago, Jazz in the Park in Birmingham, AL, Smooth Jazz Festival in Atlanta, Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Fest in CA, Las Vegas Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz fest and Low Country Jazz fest with Jazz in Pink, Smooth Jazz at Sunset in MI (opening for Marc Antoine), Southern Tier Jazz festival in Elmira (opening for Rick Braun), Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in MD, the Hub City Fest in NJ (4 years in a row) the Pensacola Jazz Festival, the Gulf Coast Jazz festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, as well as the Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival with Cindy Bradley (as the Fabulous Blondes).

    Paula performed at the Hot Smooth Jazz festival in Madrid, Spain, in April 2019 at Maria Guerrero Theater. Other 2019 performances include Jacksonville Beach Jazz series, Dauphin County Jazz Fest, Potomac Jazz Festival, Brass City, Grand Rapids, and Legacy Jazz Festival. Paula released the 1st single from her 6th release, entitled “Can You Feel It in 2020. It was produced by Greg Manning, and written by Paula and Greg. “Can You Feel It”, was #1 on Mediabase, #1 on the Smooth Jazz Network, (for 4 weeks) and was #1 on Billboard for 3 weeks.

    Including “Can You Feel It,” Atherton has enjoyed 11 Billboard Top 30 charting singles. The other 10 are “Sassy Strut,” “Herbie,” “Between You & Me,” “My Song For You,” “Into the Night, “Just Can’t Stop,” ”Summer Song,” “Ready or Not,” “Keep it Comin’” (which hit #4 on Billboard, and #1 on Mediabase, and was the #3 Song of 2022 on Billboard) and current single. “Open Road,” which is currently #6 on Billboard (March 2023). Paula’s’ single (prior to “Keep it Comin,’”), Summer Song,” was #1 on Billboard for 2 weeks, #1 on the Smooth Jazz Network, and #1 on Mediabase as of August 2021. Summer Song was #14 on Billboards’ 2021 year end chart, and #7 on the Smooth Jazz Network 2021 year end chart. Atherton was also featured on Cindy Bradleys’ single, “Girl Talk,” which hit #2 on Billboard.

    Paula was nominated “Best Artist of 2020” by the Smooth Jazz Network.

    Atherton’s sixth release, Can You Feel It includes music from a few different producers. Including Greg Manning, Paul Brown, Nate Mitchell, Matt Godina, Schuyler Deale (who produced “Herbie” and “Low Rider” on previous releases), and Lou Gimenez, who has produced the majority of Atherton’s music.

    Paula was the #3 Airplay Artist of the year on Billboards’ year end 2022 chart, and in addition, had the #3 song of the year, with “Keep it Comin.’”
    Paula endorses Sax Dakota saxophones, and does jazz workshops for them across the country. Paula also does some music therapy type work for a wonderful organization called “Music that Heals,” which brings music to autistic children, cancer patients, people in hospice, and other populations. Paula is also on the board of the F2F Foundation in Houston, TX, which promotes jazz workshops, performances, and jazz education. F2F also helps get instruments to students whose families can’t afford them.

    “I had so much fun the last time I played Branford – the audience is always great and it’s such a beautiful setting, “said Atherton. “I am honored to be part of the great line-ups that get selected to perform at Branford.”

    Paula Atherton