Paul Davis` Bio
Paul Davis` first encounter with the industry was as an artist/connoisseur when he joined the school band in the sixth grade, as a trombone player. His second close encounter with the industry came the following summer when he purchased his first piece of music (Funkadelic "Maggot Brain"). This changed the way he heard music forever. His scholastics on the school band ended after five years but it taught him the basics fundamentals of compositions. Armed with former musical training and a hunger for more of the complex compositions he discovered with Funkadelic, he embarked on a mission as an avid collector. This led to him comprising one of the leading vinyl collections in the country.
His penchant for music led to numerous endeavors with Bust It Records (MC Hammer’s label) & Capitol Records, resulting with Mr. Davis receiving his first plaque for his promotional contributions to the multi-platinum album "Please Hammer Don’t Hurt `Em". In 1986 while attending the University Of South Carolina as a history major Mr. Davis became an on air personality at WUSC, then ranked top ten in the nation. He host a specialty show titled "The Funkmobile" that soon became the number one rated show at the station for an unprecedented 4 years. During his tenure at WUSC Mr. Davis hosted a variety of specialty shows that range & consisted of Jazz, Reggae, Folk, Classical, Rock, Funk, New Age & Hip Hop.
While attending the University of South Carolina in 1992 Mr. Davis took a post as director of South Carolina Record Pool, where he transformed a loose aggregation of disc jockeys into one of the most influential record breaking organizations in the southeast. As director of South Carolina Record Pool Mr. Davis quickly expand, the range, duties, responsibilities & services of S.C.R.P. to include street marketing, event planning, radio promotions & and various genres of lifestyle marketing.
Shortly after taking his post at S.C.R.P. Mr. Davis was contacted by James Alexander (The Bar-Kays), then national director of promotions at Select-O-Hits. Mr. Davis accepted the post as Select-O-Hits field marketing rep for the Carolinas while still holding his post as director of S.C.R.P. As field marketing rep for Select-O-Hits, Mr. Davis reported directly to James Alexander. As field marketing rep, Mr. Davis was responsible for introducing artist such as Eight Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Indo G. & Lil Blunt & Al Kapone to the South Carolina market. Within weeks Mr. Davis was also contacted & contracted by Stax Records founder & Industry legend Al Bell’s new label Bellmark Records. As field marketing rep for Bellmark Records Mr. Davis was responsible for introducing Tag Team (Whoomp There It Is) and the "A" Town Players to the South Carolina Market.
During his tenure as director of South Carolina Record Pool, Mr. Davis boasts an impressive client list that includes some of the top artist in the industry. Some of which are Uptown Records (the first Lost Boys singles), Slip-N-Slide (Trick Daddy Dollars), Pure Pain Records (Camouflage), Rap-A-Lot (Scarface, Do Or Die, Tela, 5th. Ward Boys, Devin The Dude, Ghetto Boys, Big Mike), Interscope (Dr. Dre, Eve), TVT (Tha Eastsidaz), Breakdown Records (Lil Keke), A&M Records (Barry White, Alexander O’Neil, Intelligent Hoodlum, Ralph Tresvant), Perspective Records (Mint Condition, Lo -Key, Rajene), Virgin Records (Janet Jackson, Gangstar, Lenny Karvitz), Warner Brothers ( Jaheim, L.L. Cool J, Queen Latifah, Something For The People, Eric Benet, Major Figgas, Tevin Campbell, Chino XL, Terry Dexter, Immature) J Records (Jimmy Cozier, Mario, Deborah Cox, Busta Rhymes, Next, Tyrese, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross, RL, Alicia Keyes, Monica) & the list goes on.
Throughout Mr. Davis’ career, he has hosted meet & greets and held conferences that were attended by & participated in the likes of artist such as, Queen Latifah, Jazze Pha, Jaheim, L.L. Cool J, James Alexander, Nappy Roots, Archie, Jim Crow, Mr. Collipark, Southboy, Grandaddy Souf, Devyne Stephens, Kieran, Red Eyez, Bleu DeVinci, Felton Pilate, DJ Toomp, Krucial, Ian Burke, Khao, Jazo, K-Rab, Akinyle, The Muzicianz,Windy Day, TJ Chapman, John Hollywood, Smokehouse, Marvin Howard, The Backwudz, Lil O, Lil Zhane, Angie Stone & Rell.
In 2003 Mr. Davis launched Columbia Record Pool. A multi-faceted promotions company designed to provide services for the different entities of the music & entertainment industry to do business in the Carolinas . Mr. Davis brings the attitude from his days at WUSC to Columbia Record Pool giving himself a mandate to educate the public to new music. Operating under the old adage "we don`t play hits, we make`em",
Columbia Record Pool hosts a bi-yearly conference that allows the different entities of the industry in the Carolinas to network on a national level