New York soul singer Paul Loren shoots for the heartstrings in his powerful and emotional new single, “I Know A Place,” which has a strong message about unity and world peace. In the accompanying music video, Loren uses images from the civil rights movement and the LGBT community to remind the world that we came a long way but there’s still much work ahead.
“‘I Know A Place’ started out as a simple folk song,” explains Loren. “It’s really inspired by the times we live in, and the desire for change through understanding. The song has optimism at its heart. There’s certainly a connective thread to the 1960’s civil rights and peace movements and to songs like ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘A Change Is Gonna Come.’ Just like then, we are living in trying, often polarizing times. But I do believe that it’s our similarities and strengths which truly bind us—that’s the ‘place’ I’m talking about.”
The emerging artist grew on listening classic soul and pop music — he coupled his inspirations with elements of R&B, jazz, and Brill Building pop to create his sound.
“I started singing at 3 years old along with the little 45rpm records my mom would play and started playing piano at 4 years old,” says Loren. “The voices I remember most and identify with are Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Sam Cooke, Sinatra, Aretha, Otis, and Tony Bennett. Growing up in New York, Billy Joel was also a big influence.”
Greats like Queen Latifah and Jennifer Lopez has already taken notice of Paul’s undeniable talent!
Watch the video for “I Know A Place” below: