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Paul Thorn Biography

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Born: 1964/07/13
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Years Active: 1997-present
Genres: Americana

Paul Thorn (born Paul Wayne Thorn, July 13, 1964) is an Americana singer-songwriter from Kenosha, Wisconsin, whose style is a mix of blues and rock music. Before his professional music career began, he was briefly a professional boxer, having fought a nationally-televised fight against former world champion Roberto Durán, and also won the Mid-South Middleweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.

After a few years of working in a local furniture factory and playing in local clubs, he was discovered by industry professional Miles Copeland (brother of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland), was signed to a recording contract with A&M Records and recorded his first album, “Hammer & Nail” in 1997.

He followed with his sophomore album, “Ain’t Love Strange,” on Ark Records in 1999. This was followed in 2002 by his third LP, “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand.” His first album to enter the Billboard charts, “A Long Way from Tupelo,” was issued by Fantasy Records in 2008. It reached #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, #27 on the Independent Albums chart and #191 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 2010 his fifth album, “Pimps and Preachers,” was released. It debuted at #83 on the Billboard 200 and at #12 on the Independent Albums chart. Like “Pimps and Preachers,” his 2012 album, “What the Hell Is Goin’ On?” was issued on the Perpetual Obscurity record label and reached #12 on the Independent Albums chart while also reaching #88 on the Billboard 200.