In his own words, Paul Sanchez is "New Orleans born, New Orleans bread, and when I die, I'll be New Orleans dead." Sanchez is known as a founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth, with whom he has 11 albums; For his role in the HBO series TREME where he played himself; and as the creative force the musical NINE LIVES, a musical adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel by Dan Baum.
Like many New Orleanians, Paul was tremendously impacted by Hurricane Katrina. "I lost my home, my possessions, community and, eventually, my job after the flood. I was changed, I'm changed as a person and it couldn't help but change my music", confesses Sanchez, who like many struggled to find a new identity after Hurricane Katrina. After much soul-searching, he left Cowboy Mouth November 2006. Paul lived on island of Amber-Gris Kaye in Belize for a few months before returning to New Orleans to begin again.
Heart Renovations, his 14th solo release, is a sequel to Sanchez is critically acclaimed first solo record, Jet Black And Jealous, which was released in 1992. Sanchez notes, "Jet Black And Jealous was a man in his twenties banging on his guitar and singing about finding and losing love. Heart Renovations is a man in his fifties, pausing to reflect on the same questions."
Off Beat Magazine gave Paul the Best Of The Beat Award for Best Country/Folk/Singersongwriter of the for 2016. Sanchez won Songwriter of the year in 2014, he won three Best Of The Beat Awards in 2010: Songwriter Of The Year, Song Of The Year, BestFolk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year, 2010, Gambit Weekly awarded him best roots rock performer at the Big Easy Awards.
Primarily a songwriter Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, two time Tony Award winning Broadway actor Michael Cerveris, had a song in the Billboard Country Music Charts w