Since I was 16 yrs. old I have been singing the songs of the great “PAUL WILLIAMS”!! 
I have always loved his way with a lyric.
Last week, celebrity photographer, “ALAN MERCER”, who has photographed Paul and his wife Mariana several times, sent my new CD, “NATURAL MAN” to Paul Williams. I recorded two of Paul’s songs on this CD. Four days later we got invited to Paul’s house for lunch. His wife said that he was interested in meeting me.
At lunch he told me that he really liked the treatment that I gave to his songs. He also said that I pay attention
to the lyrics when I sing. Coming from a “lyricist” this is an enormous compliment! I later got a chance to play his grand piano, and he actually sang “Nice To Be Around” with me. It was very impromptu, but truly a “great” moment for me. To top things off, Alan Mercer brought his camera and shot this wonderful picture of both of us.
I think the very first song that I sang of Paul’s was “LET ME BE THE ONE”!
Later, my very first piano vocal demo in New York, was a wonderful obscure song that I found of his called “NICE TO BE AROUND”. In that same session I also did another obscure “WILLIAM’S” song entitled “YOU KNOW ME”.
I used to sing these songs in clubs along with some of his other’s…. “WHAT WOULD THEY SAY”, “YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD”, “I WON’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU”, and ” I NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD”!
I was also becoming popular in “church” with his music. I used to sing at weddings.
I would bring my keyboard with a small PA system and sing on the alter.
I used a “RHODES” sound which created a very “heavenly” atmosphere in the church.
Didn’t like the loft….too much echo!!
It sounded so ethereal when I sang “WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN”, “I WON’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU”, and “LET ME BE THE ONE”, that I always had the people crying!! Later on, I would also perform “EVERGREEN”, ” WITH ONE MORE LOOK AT YOU” and “RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS”.
I am looking forward to a “great” new relationship with someone that I respect and admire, and have for many years.
– Patrick Basile

Local Musician Patrick Basile Honored

SHERMAN OAKS—Local musician and singer Patrick Basile recently won an award in the United Kingdom. Fans of the singer and judges of the competition felt that he was worthy due to his great performances in 2011. The award was for “Artist of the Year,”  and was given by Venture Radio in London. This week I caught up with the handsome singer of America’s greatest Standards, and he spoke exclusively with us about his latest success.

Q-Patrick, tell us about the British award that you received?

A-“About three years ago, Cammy Reali got me into rotation on Venture Radio. Bob Birch of Venture Radio played my music every Monday night. Last October, I was informed that I was up against nine other artists for their ”˜Artist of the Year’ award. After I was informed, Kate Rossi Stuart started promoting the fact that I was in the running for the award. Since I was already in the contest, I got proactive too, in letting people on Facebook know that I was up for the award. I didn’t really know what to expect. On January 15, they announced the winner, and lo and behold, it was me! I was thrilled by this, especially, since this was the first award I had ever won. From this, I got in rotation on Cuillin Radio in Scotland, and a Smooth Jazz Radio station in Italy.”

Q-So, it really was a total surprise to win?

A-“I had an idea that I would be in the top five , but yes, it was a very pleasant surprise. I just received the actual award a week and a half ago.”

Q-Where can locals catch you singing and performing?

A-“Locally, nowhere at the moment. Right now there are a few great things in the works. I was asked to perform in Rome, Italy on a show to launch a new video station, that incidentally, I am on now. They are featuring my ”˜Cry Me A River’ music video. There is also a couple of other incredible gigs in the works, which I am not at liberty to talk about yet. However, I will definitely let you know before anyone else in the media, when I find out for sure.”

Q-I play your CD all the time. When is your next one coming out?

A-“I am working on a new CD right now. I am experimenting with some material. There will also be three new original songs on the CD as well. You can get my ”˜Natural Man’ CD on iTunes.”

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