Paul, who was born in Huddersfield, talks about how he got into music, even though he couldn’t hear it.
“From the age of 12 this is what I wanted to do,” he said.
“I had a naive, child-like idea of what I was going to do. It involved having a big house for one.
“I had a vision, some might say a calling, like I was put on earth for a purpose.
“The success has been amazing. When people come back to you all grown up and say they have been inspired and you have changed their life it is humbling.”
When he was seven, Paul joined a church choir and pestered his parents to take him to concerts and recitals.
Put simply he was music mad, unusual enough for a seven- year-old. Unique for a deaf child.
“I never thought it was unusual,” said Paul. “It’s only when other people point it out that I think maybe it is out of the ordinary.”
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