Paul Laurence (born Paul Lawrence Jones III on November 29, 1958 in Harlem, New York) is an R&B singer\songwriter\record producer who has written & produced various R&B hits for artists such as Meli’sa Morgan, Melba Moore, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Lillo Thomas and Freddie Jackson (whom he attended school & church together at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church with). He also managed to appear on the R&B charts with songs of his own.
Paul was taught how to play the piano by a fellow church member, Valerie Simpson (of the hit R&B singing\songwriting duo, Ashford & Simpson). He later started a group called Laurence Jones Ensemble (which included Freddie Jackson) where they performed in clubs in the New York area.
By the 1980s, Paul & Freddie Jackson were working for manager Beau Higgins and he wrote songs for Melba Moore. In 1985, when Freddie Jackson signed a record deal of his own with Capitol Records, Paul wrote him his hit song “Rock Me Tonight” (For Old Times Sake) which topped the R&B charts and was certified Gold.
During that same year, Paul released his debut album “Haven’t You Heard”. It’s unknown how or if the album made the album charts.
The first single from the album “She’s Not a Sleeze” (featuring Freddie Jackson and Lillo Thomas) peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single “You Hooked Me” peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The last single released from the album “Strung Out” peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks, making it Paul’s highest charting appearance on the R&B chart to date.
During 1986, Paul produced Meli’sa Morgan’s version of Prince’s song “Do Me Baby” which became a number-one hit for her. He also continued to write & produced music for Freddie Jackson.
In 1987, he produced and co-wrote Stephanie Mills’s number-one R&B song “(You’re Putting a Rush On Me).” He also wrote songs for Lillo Thomas, especially his hit song “I’m in Love.”
In 1989, Paul released his sophomore album “Underexposed.” Just like his debut album, it’s unknown how or if this album made the album charts at all.
The lead single “Make My Baby Happy” peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The follow-up single “I Ain’t With It” peaked at #83 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. Another single “Cut the Crap” (with R&B singer Janice Dempsey) was released, but didn’t chart.
After a while, Paul took a break from the music industry to help raise his family. These days, he is back in the music business, has his own record label, Poplar Music Entertainment Group and as of 2016, he is working on new music.
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