Tim Paul is a musician, arranger, composer, and orchestrator. He and his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Kaitlin, live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee.
After graduating from Cleveland (TN) High School, Tim attended the University of Tennessee where he studied Music Performance (in Studio Music and Jazz) and Music Education earning undergraduate and Master’s degrees. He studied jazz drumming with the great Keith Brown and jazz piano with world renown jazz educators Jerry Coker, and Donald Brown (formerly with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers). As a performing jazz musician, Tim has been blessed to perform on stage with jazz greats Joe Williams, Don Menza, David Baker, Dan Hearle, Bill Dobbins, Keeter Betts, Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, Mark Boling, Don Hough, and Rocky Wynder, as well as short stints with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
As a music educator, Tim was director of bands at Clinton HS in Clinton, TN. During his tenure, the Clinton band received numerous superior ratings in marching and concert band events, was a Bands Of America Regional finalist, and traveled to London, England to perform in London's New Year's day parade. He also served on staff with the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps and spent 4 years as the percussion arranger/instructor for the University of Tennessee "Pride Of The Southland Band". Tim was a marching/educational artist for Pearl Drum company and Pro-Mark drumsticks. He continues to serve as a band judge/clinician for High school marching events and Indoor drumline events throughout the Southeast, as well as an arranger for several High School bands in the area.
In 2005, Tim was called into ministry and left teaching to join the staff of First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, where he currently serves as director of Instrumental Music and is the staff arranger/orchestrator for Concord Worship. During his tenure at Concord, Tim has arranged, composed, orchestrated and produced several projects. He has been blessed to perform with several great Christian music artists such as Chris Blue, Regi Stone, TaRanda Greene, Shelly Johnson, Keith Getty, Travis Cottrell, Tiffany Coburn, Al Denson, Clay Crosse, Charles Billingsley, Larnell Harris, and Destiny Rambo-McGuire.
As a composer and writer, Tim has created music for Ruth Graham (Billy Graham’s daughter), and has composed and written with Sarah Mentzer, Jennie Lee Riddle and David Wise - including composing music for the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA., in association with WestPark Creative group in Nashville. Tim, along with his co-writers, was featured in reviews from MD Theater Guide and Broadway World magazine. Tim has also written/produced theme music for a nationally syndicated radio program as well as several jingles/music beds for local commercials and radio spots.
Currently, Tim arranges and orchestrates for several Christian music publishers in Nashville, including WORD music, Brentwood-Benson, Praisecharts and Discover Worship, and most recently, Semsen Music. In addition, he has been blessed to produce, conduct and work with many of Nashville’s top recording musicians, including the Nashville String Machine, and has had the opportunity to work in many of Nashville’s great recording studios including RCA Studios, Warner Brothers studios, and The Tracking room, among others.
Tim loves spending time with his family and playing golf....poorly. He also performs occasionally as a stand-up comedian.....while sitting down of course. But, Tim's true passion is to serve God by using his talents to worship the only one worthy of our praise, and touch the hearts of people through the gift of music.