David ‘DaPaul’ Philips

David Philips is a soulful, gospel-influenced singer who uses the stage name ‘DaPaul’.

“Soulful Spirit” Album

In 2012/2013 I co-produced the “Soulful Spirit” album with David (click here to audition at CD Baby).

‘Soulful Spirit’ was officially launched on 30th April 2013 at MAP Café to coincide with International Jazz Day 2013 (click here to see video highlights from the gig) and the album subsequently reached no.3 in the UK Soul Chart in Dec 2013, staying there for 4 weeks.

Peter Young @ Jazz FM chose ‘She’s So Entertaining’ as Track Of The Week’ in July 2013 and the album has also received good airplay on Solar Radio, TSOL, JFSR, Starpoint Radio, Unique FM & Stomp Radio. Click here to see media reviews etc.

Co-written Songs

In 2011, I started writing songs and recording with David. So far we have completed four songs together.

“Everyday People”

This is the first song I co-wrote with David. We constructed the music to a drum track that I had recorded with Blair Cunningham a couple of years before that. David played the Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano, I played the electric and acoustic guitars, the bass guitar and the pedal harp.


This is the second co-written song with David Philips that I produced for release on Rude Note Records. David plays keyboards in the intro and middle 8 sections while I play acoustic guitar throughout. Aurora Colson sings the backing vocal on the chorus ‘hook’, “Try”. Jay Stapley plays rock lead guitar, Anselmo Netto plays pandeiro and other hand percussion, Winston Blissett plays bass guitar and Marc Parnell plays drums.

“She’s So Entertaining” 

“She’s So Entertaining” features David playing Fender Rhodes electric piano and Steinway acoustic piano while I play various electric and acoustic and nylon-strung guitars, tambourines and shakers. Anselmo Netto added various percussion parts, including more tambourine and shakers, cowbell, and other hand percussion instruments. Winston Blissett plays great bass guitar and Marc Parnell plays inspiring drums on this recording.

In 2013, we recorded a new version of “She’s So Entertaining” for the “Soulful Spirit” album:

“Until The Next One Comes Around”

Our latest song, “Until The Next One Comes Around”, uses a chord sequence I wrote back in the 80’s!

“Thy Kingdom Come”

“Thy Kingdom Come” was written by Kirk Whalum who I met via his childhood friend, Blair Cunningham, originally from Memphis, who plays drums on this track. I heard Kirk play this tune on his Gospel Meets Jazz DVD and was intrigued by the musical arrangement. Kirk sent me a chord chart for the tune and I developed a new band arrangement with the musicians who were recording at my place around that time.

Damon Butcher plays piano and Fender Rhodes, Jim Mullen plays smooth electric guitar fills and a solo, I play the main electric and acoustic lead guitars, Winston Blissett plays bass, and Jamie Talbot plays sax. Aurora Colson sings harmony backing vocals together with Da Paul – who also sings the gospel-style improvisations.

Now available via Rude Note Records RNS 0003 – “Thy Kingdom Come” c/w “Thy Kingdom Come” (4:31 Edit).

“No. 1 Girl”

“No. 1 Girl” was one of the first songs I co-wrote back in 1981 with Keith O’Connell and Gee Bello from ‘Light of the World’ – the UK’s leading Brit-funk group at that time. Released on EMI in 1982, it ‘died a death’ as far as sales were concerned – but became a ‘cult’ hit on pirate radio for the next 3 decades!

I decided to produce a new version of this song with some of my favourite musicians – so Jim Mullen plays electric guitar fills, Damon Butcher plays piano and Fender Rhodes, Keith O’Connell plays string synthesizer, Winston Blissett plays bass, Blair Cunningham plays drums, Roger Beaujolais plays vibraphone, and Rowland Sutherland plays some truly magnificent flute! David Philips sings the lead vocals – joined by Noel McCalla on some of the harmonies.
I play acoustic and electric guitars, hand percussion and pedal harp and Aurora Colson adds some improvised vocals at the end of the track.

Now available via Rude Note Records RNS 0004 – “Number One Girl” c/w “Number One Girl” (Edit Mix).

“Light My Fire”

Sometimes a singer just has to sing a particular song… Da Paul showed up at the studio to record one morning as the instrumental version of this track was being mixed. Couldn’t get him off the microphone until he’d ‘nailed’ this soulful version of the song after a couple of takes! That’s just the way it goes sometimes…

Released on Rude Note Records RNS 0009 – “Light My Fire” (Da Mix) c/w “Light My Fire” (Instrumental Mix).

Cover Songs:

“The Most Beautiful Girl In The World”

Our tribute to Prince!

“Joy & Pain”

Our tribute to Frankie Beverley & Maze.

“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”

A classic Motown song!