Paula Punch - Gasoline Pony
Singing has always been Paula's passion.
From teaching herself to play guitar as a child to be able to play her favourite folk and pop songs to
singing with the Sydney Motet Philharmonic Choir, her dream has been to be able have a career in music. She recorded her first demo with her now husband Philip Punch of Electric Avenue Studios and worked as a session singer recording vocals on many albums including Ed Kuepper, and on advertising tracks for Groove Myers,such as Singapore Airlines jingles.
Paula continued to sing with her university band "Kookaburra"(whose band name changed as many times!)."We are still close friends and get together to play rock and roll when we can!"
Paula also sang and performed with an A capella group called the "Wrong Church", and was a sought after Wedding Singer!
Whilst always enjoying writing poetry, Paula never wrote her own songs until she left her full time position as fashion buyer for Grace Bros and had her first son Michael. This magic time gave her a great opportunity to express herself through her own music.
Performing regularly at Inner West venues such as the Cat&Fiddle Balmain, The 3 Weeds in Rozelle, The Globe in Newtown, and the Hopetoun in Surry Hills Paula begin to find her own voice and loved opening for artists such as Ed Kuepper, The Gadflys, and Neil Murray.
Her favourite gig though was a residency at BB's in Bondi where indie musicians hung out years ago and where you could play for hours straight. It was a great place to try out new songs with a supportive audience!
Paula started a regular event called "The Friday Girls" where women singer-songwriters artists such as Jackie Bristow, Suzy Connolly, Lara Goodridge & Joy Howard (" Joy & Lara"), Tania Bowra and Fiona Kernaghan, and Melinda Schneider would play their own material.
Although Paula started recording her first album some years ago, she unfortunately had to work full time to help support her young family. She however looks forward to finishing her album at her husbands new studio in Ultimo.
Paula left her position as a Fashion Buyer for David Jones last year to start her own business which combines fashion and music called Punch Park.
"We plan to support and encourage local fashion brands and local musicians by featuring locally designed fashion with homemade music."
Recently performing at Gasoline Pony in Marrickville with long time friends Jackie Bristow and Suzy Connolly, Paula is planning to play her new songs at her next gig on 18th June opening for Lisa Richards Album Launch.