The only lesson I learned from life: singer Paul Young says that singing is to stay healthy
- Paul Young, 64, rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of top hits
- He explained that being in the music industry has helped him stay healthy
- Singer said he can’t wait to get back to his schedule as Covid’s restrictions are reduced
Singer Paul Young, 64, rose to fame in the eighties with a series of charts hits and still performs – Covid-19 permit. He has three adults children: Levi, Layla and Grady.
As a child I knew I wanted to be a singer, and in 1976, at the age of 20, I quit my job at Vauxhall Motors in Luton and became a musician.
After performing in several bands, my big break came when I signed for the record label CBS. I had a few hits and then my third single, Wherever I Lay My Hat, hit # 1 in 1983.
Much success followed, but by 1984 it took its toll and I had to rest when I overloaded my voice.
Paul Young, 64, explained the importance of singing in helping him stay healthy
Nowadays my work attitude is: never stop.
First, I am grateful to have work in this difficult industry – and never more than now. The pandemic is really devastating the music industry.
Second, it really keeps me healthy. When I was younger, every time I stopped working and had a vacation, I got a rash. A dermatologist attributed it to stress, but it never seemed to affect me when I was busy.
Lockdown has been very strange to me, just like everyone else. I found it difficult to manage my time and ended up having to spin my thumbs for a long time. Eventually I realized it was important to have some sort of structure in my day and decided to get in touch with the guys in my other band, Los Pacaminos. Now I’m working with them on a project with unreleased material.
Now that the restrictions relax, I can’t wait to get back to my schedule, where I’m constantly on the go. My mind seems to like that as much as my body. I can’t wait to get back on the road. I especially want to sing! Singing is good for all of us, professionally or not. By breathing in all that air, more oxygen goes to the brain, which is good for overall health.
In general, musicians notice that as they get older, their popularity starts to decline. Pre-Covid went through a good phase though, and finding my live shows were very well received. My tour had to be rescheduled twice but is now scheduled for September 2021.
My intention is to keep going until I drop.
Paul Young and Go West’s UK tour has been rescheduled to September 2021. Tickets via: bit.ly/PaulYoungGoWest2021