Paul B Allen III is best described as a Renaissance man.
He has written songs that have been number 1 on the charts in America and Europe, has been the lead singer of one of the greatest vocal groups of all time, The Platters, and he has acted in major Hollywood blockbuster movies, as well as in commercials.
As an author, Paul's style of writing is eclectic. He has currently finished his fourth book, a historical sci-fi / fantasy, named "Benjamin Franklin: Time Tripper," and his three other books currently available are the non-fiction, autobiographical "how-to," From Karaoke to The Platters; a comical set of short stories named, The Tall Tales of Erasmus Obadiah Short; and a superhero screenplay rendered to book form, Xiuying: The Power of X.
Sexy. Rich. Smooth. Warm. These are terms you'll most often hear as people describe his voice, the voice that brought him to stardom as the lead vocalist of one of the greatest vocal groups of all time, The Platters!
Paul B Allen, III was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but raised in San Bernardino, California. He has been involved in music virtually all of his life. Paul became the lead singer of the band, "Raw Sugar" a group established by his younger brothers, Corey and Milo. In a very short time, the band developed a tremendous following in the Southern California area.
Sometime after the "Raw Sugar" days, ex-James Brown saxophonist, Dr. Larry "T-Byrd" Gordon, heard Paul singing and was "knocked out" by his smooth vocal phrasing. T-Byrd immediately asked Paul to join his band. As the lead singer for "T-Byrd's" band, Paul performed for the rich and famous in Texas, including former Presidential candidate, Ross Perot, multi-millionaire Paul Bass, and The Dallas cowboy Cheerleaders.
As a vocalist, Paul has performed at many impressive venues, such as The Kennedy Center, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, in Washington, DC. And the list of stars and dignitaries he has performed for is even more impressive, including performances for The Royal Family in England; Prince Albert, and his sister, Princess Caroline, of Monaco; and The President and First Lady of Fiji. Paul was also invited to the White House to perform for the President of The United States of America.
In March of 1997, Paul was asked by the original management company of The Platters to become the newest member of the group that they helped establish, and have continued to manage, since 1953. Since that time, Paul has led the group in performances on nearly every continent of the globe.
Paul is not only a world renowned vocalist. He is also an internationally published hit songwriter. He has written hits for UK Jazz Fusion band, Incognito (Top Ten on Billboard Magazine's UK Charts with Paul's song "Always There") and for Brothers In Rhythm (#1 on Billboard Magazine's Dance Charts with Paul's tune "Such A Good Feeling").
His songs have also been recorded by film and fashion diva, Grace Jones; Dance Music Divas Jocelyn Brown and Charvoni; Be-Bop music greats Side Effect; Soul music stylist Miki Howard; Jazz drummer extraordinaire, Bily Cobham; DJ Miss Behavin' of the UK (nominated for a BAFFY Award with her version of Paul's "Such A Good Feeling"); Dance Club king, Imhoot of The Netherlands; the legendary family vocal group, The McCrarys; the landmark African group, Sweet Talks; and Waye Henderson, a founding member of the world famous Jazz Crusaders.
Paul also enjoys acting. He has worked on the movies Lethal Weapon 4, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Rush Hour 2, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, Undisputed, starring Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and Peter Falk, and Miss Congeniality 2, starring Sandra Bullock and Regina King. Paul has also done commercials for The History Channel, UPS, and The Station Casinos, in Las Vegas, NV. He was also the principal in a 30 second commercial for Nevada Federal Credit Union as the spokesperson.
Most recently, Paul has written and performed five songs that will appear in a soon to be released Sci-Fi film in the UK called, "COOLIO-Time Travel Gangster."
And, Paul's first ever solo CD, titled "Paul B Allen, III - The Arrival" was released October 2, 2014 and given worldwide distribution.
He has also co-written a screenplay that is being turned into a feature film in China.
Now Paul has published four books in all. This non-fiction book, "From Karaoke to the Platters," the time travel fiction "Benjamin Franklin: Time Tripper," the fiction fantasy folk-lore piece, "The Tall Tales of Erasmus Obadiah Short," and and the Female Asian Super-Hero screenplay in book form, "Xiuying: The Power of X."