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Nashville Singer/Songwriter with Bay Area Roots Nashville singer-songwriter Paul Jefferson will be headlining Discovery Counseling Center's fifth annual fall fundraiser, An Evening of Laughter and Music. Paul is an accomplished country artist; as a solo performer, a duo and as part of a popular band. However, it's Paul's songwriting talent that has kept him in high demand in and around Nashville for the past twenty years. Paul has written songs for the likes of Keith Urban, Little Texas, Jon Bon Jovi, Timothy B. Schmitt (Eagles), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go's), and Buddy Jewel, to name just a few. He co-wrote Aaron Tippin's number one song, That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You. Not bad for a kid from Northern California. I first met Paul Jefferson Jaquain the spring of 1989 at a little coffee shop in Mountain View. A mutual friend, Steve Silver, convinced me to check out this aspiring country artist whose brother was the starting quarterback on our community college football team. County A L I V E E A 24 S T B A Y s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 music was beginning a surge in popularity with the emergence of such popular acts as Garth Brooks, The Judds, Travis Tritt, Brooks and Dunn and the band, Restless Heart, along with the more established artists like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Alabama and Reba McIntire. I'll admit, my expectations were relatively low, knowing that Paul had grown up in Woodside, California, playing tennis and learning to fly while earning a Bio Medical degree at Cal. However, the minute he hit the stage, I could tell by his old-school country sound and appeal that audiences would gravitate toward such an authentic performer. Over the next couple of years, I became Paul's booking agent, merchandise manager, publicist, roadie, bodyguard and confidant. It wasn't until the unexpected death of our good friend Steve that Paul would leave the comfort of the Bay Area to pursue his dreams in Nashville. "When Steve died, I knew I couldn't live with myself if I MICHAE L COP E LAND


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