Paul Russell on the 'cool journey' from playing ukulele in coffee shops to 'Lil Boo Thang'

'Now it’s real'
Paul Russell
Photo credit Arista Records

Taking a break for “making tunes” in the studio, Paul Russell zoomed in to chat with Audacy’s Bru, to talk all about the success of “Lil Boo Thang,” how he started on this career path, and more.

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“I first started releasing music in 2017, but before that I was playing ukulele in coffee shops and little restaurants,” Paul revealed. “Over time I met people who were musicians, that kind of encouraged me, “ he continued. “So I started making more stuff and started figuring out what my sound would be, and stuff I enjoyed.”

Paul never imagined or thought to “be a musician as a job, until recently.” But as things “have been growing and going crazy," he's "realized how much of a passion I have for making people happy, so yeah, it’s been a cool journey.”

Originally starting off as a fun little TikTok snippet, Paul’s tune got people excited and making videos. As people started reaching out, with praises and wedding performance requests, yes just for a 20 second little number, Paul knew what he had to do — create an actual song. Noting, “I recorded it in my room, so I just went back to my room, finished it all up, and now it’s real.”

For all that and more listen to the entire interview above, and then press play on “Lil Boo Thang” below.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Arista Records