Paul Childers’ continues to paint the canvass via new Single
Paul Childers’ continues to paint the canvass bright in the upbeat pop-soul track “Working On Me” from Secondary Colors. “Working” is from the purple chapter, the combined pallet of res and blues often signifies power, wisdom, creativity and ambition. The song – a solid reminder that mental health and confident shouldn’t take a back seat to ambition.
Childers continues to spread joy with his easy-to-like vocals and warm music beds. The acoustic guitar is a perfect choice for the opening stanzas and creates an awesome, smooth transition into the jazzy piano and meandering percussion. Childers’ voice is suave and so endearing. Most of all, he’s sincere. You can hear the passion in his voice and his caring nature. When he sings “tired of faking something’s real, and it’s not, I got critics in every direction, thinking they’ll find perfection when everybody’s teaches, no one learns a lesson at all, that’s why I’m working on me, on things you can’t see..” the mood is knocked up a bit faster with the subtle electric guitar. It’s great to hum along to Childers’ cozy approach. The song has a certain cadence to it that is like a slow dance. Childers’ uses the bass guitar and percussion to create the smooth groove.
I loved the line “on things you can’t see” and we’ve all been seeing those internet memes that urge friends to remember that just because someone isn’t hurting on the outside, there isn’t something going wrong in their life. We don’t know everyone’s struggles. Childers’ approach to this is so relatable and welcomed in “Working On Me”. Furthermore, as independent artists, the struggles to fine one’s voice is often paramount. When artists do find their voice, it might not connect the level they expect. Childers need not worry. He definitely connects with his audience. His vocals are confident. I don’t think he’s trying to be anyone but himself and for this he should be celebrated. He may not have the most audacious or dramatic voice, but his vocals are solid and give the listener an instant rapport. I felt like I knew him, like he’s a close friend of many years, after the first listen. As an artist, he cuts through the red tape and as they say, ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus’. His song is a prime example of that.
Based in Nashville, Childers has previously released “The Song Inside You” and “I’ve Got You” from Secondary Colors. This third track continues to prove to audiences that Childers is remarkably talented and produces top-rate pop songs. Of the trio singles, “Working On Me” obviously feels the most personal. “I’ve Got You” sounds very radio friendly and while he’s not pandering to his listeners, it doesn’t quite grip the listener and leave the same artistic stamp as “Working” does.
Fans of Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, Michael Buble, Daniel Powter (“Bad Day”) and Jamie Cullum will want to check out Secondary Colors’ “Working On Me”. Childers knows his wheelhouse and stays in his very enjoyable musical lane.