Paolo Nutini © KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Paolo Nutini

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Paolo Nutini has captured international audiences with his universal lyrics and soulful sound. Born and raised in Scotland, Nutini began his career with relatively little musical experience at age 16 as a roadie. By 18, he had signed a record deal and by 19 he had released his debut album These Streets. Nutini’s swift rise to fame took him from working in a pub in London, to performing with artists such as KT Tunstall and Amy Winehouse, and eventually to his own tour in Europe and a performance at the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Influenced by such artists as the Drifters and Van Morrison, Nutini writes songs about his personal experiences. “Basically, the album is an autobiographical journey,” said Nutini. “A diary if you like, of my last three years.” These Streets has attained critical praise worldwide,, going platinum only four weeks after its release. The Observer hailed Nutini as having “a talent for elegant, melodic songwriting and an admirable willingness to vary the tempo.” Nutini was also named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists to Watch in 2006.” “Everything that has happened to me so far has been really good, really fluent,” Nutini said. “There have been a few bumps along the way, sure, but nothing fatal. All I want now is for enough people to identify with my songs so I can keep on singing them. I like to think they’re worth hearing.”

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