Paula Tessaro ~ Vocals
Paula Tessaro is a singer, and for the last 35 years she’s collected a wealth of experience.
She began her career in 1980, studying ‘Classical Voice’ (Bel Canto) with the renowned Ed Johnson at his Academy of Voice. And now, she’s to the point where she’s a vocal instructor herself at Rayne Records in Hamilton, ON. “As soon as I opened my mouth, I knew that singing was what I wanted to do,” she says. “I was driven. I knew I was going to be a singer from 4 years old. It’s the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
This drive has taken her to a number of places – singing back-up with Canadian band, ‘Helix’, touring Canada and the U.S. with Juno Award nominee, Ray Lyell and the Storm, recording with ‘Neil W. Young & The Legendary Bear Creek Band’ and the ‘The Jim Italiano Band’. For years, she’s been a sought-after vocalist for jingle and background work. And for the last 25 years, she’s not only been working with Ray Lyell and his band but also teaching vocalists herself – for the first five years, privately, and for the last fifteen years at Ray Lyell’s studio in Hamilton. “I find it amazing, to be able to give people the skill and technique and then to see them improve,” she says of her teaching experience. “I just love my job.”
In addition to her work with the POWERHOUSE band, she has her own local R&B band, ‘Escapade’ which performs regularly in local night clubs, outdoor festivals, and corporate and private functions.
When not involved with music, teaching or her busy family life, Paula’s interests lie in the world of Interior Decorating – like designing and creating different paint techniques in the home, etc. “Ideally, I’d love to be involved with Home Décor on a more professional level.”