Singer and actor Paul Pashley, 34, was born and brought up in Arbourthorne. Taking the lead in school productions led to the Crucible Youth Theatre, and he recorded three singles while starring in Jack and the Beanstalk. He became a full time recording artist at 27 and is now a professional singer, as a solo artist and with bands ranging from a jazz trio to a 17 piece big band. Clients include Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul was flown to Italy to sing at Wayne and Colleen Rooney’s wedding. Paul performs at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday and at The Genting Club on December 31. His first album will be released in the New Year.
Music and Yellow Arch studios
I could talk all day about music and production, having just completed my first album years after recording demos at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch studios. Although my professional genre centres mainly on the nu-jazz feel, I love nothing more than to listen to a range of artists, from Harry Connick Junior to 50 Cent! I’m fascinated with the production of some of the things I hear. At a time when the word ‘legend’ or ‘superstar’ can often be over used, I like to remember the roots of some of the material I sing that relates to a time when many of the studio’s tools didn’t exist...
I’m a lifelong fan and have fond memories of the promotion two seasons ago when Wednesday were fighting for second place alongside the red and white side of the city. My passion for football means I like to see all of the local sides doing well, especially as they always seem to be the underdogs due to financial restraints. Being in Manchester during the week, and having done a fair bit of work for the red side of the city, I really can see how far behind we are. Having watched Ronaldo live a few times and the way premier league players have a specific code of conduct, it really does appear sometimes to be a world away from where we currently are!
Italian food and Nonna’
I love food, although I don’t consider myself to be a good cook. However, both my parents are pretty handy around the kitchen. My favourite food is Italian, any dish ... I have the privilege of working residency at Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant Rosso in Manchester city centre. When in Sheffield, I often pop to Ecclesall Road restaurant Nonna’s for coffees or a bite with friends. Eating out regularly has widened my knowledge from my beloved spaghetti bolognaise! Flicking through the TV channels, I love the entertainment Jamie Oliver provides, but also appreciate the entertainment factor of Gordon Ramsay.
I am the proud owner of ‘Busby’, a 1968 bright yellow VW Beetle that my uncle rebuilt for me four years ago in his garage in Worksop. He knew that I always wanted a Beetle, but I was advised to get a ‘normal’ car because of my studies in Manchester at the time and the practicality. I did, but when I found out that there was one available from a farmer’s field a few years later, I jumped in and the project began! After a few minor teething problems, it runs great and is ready to take to the Beetle shows when we both have the time.
Thornberry animal sanctuary and wildlife
You can definitely call me an animal lover - one of those people who would take all the animals he could. I would love a dog, probably a bulldog, but as I rarely seem to be home and get back so late, it wouldn’t feel right to leave an animal on its own for long periods. I am planning to take bags of food to animal sanctuaries around Sheffield, such as Thornberry in North Anston, which I have visited on many occasions.