Paul Gelsomine artist

Born in Long Island, New York, I learned to play the drums at the age of 12. As a child, I listened to my parent’s record collection, honing in on traditional big band, swing, jazz and country music, of their time. When I was in high school, I played with a variety of bands- including The Bay Shore High School Marching Band - playing everything from country to rock & roll, with The Whole Works, The Cool Jerks, Tumbleweed, and Rob Stoner’s Rockin´ Rebels, but I also played banjo and sang in local folk clubs and coffeehouses with my bluegrass trio Allswell & Blue, and in addition I did voice-overs. I spent most of his formative years out in Suffolk County, on Long Island, focusing primarily on music before a disintegrating home life led me to leave home traveling across the USA performing for a living. After dropping out of high school in my sophomore year, I joined The County Fair. The group recorded a couple of singles for the Frog Record label, and they gained the interest of Plantation Record & Sun Record owner Shelby Singleton, and his Producer for the Plantation Label, Royce Clark, who both shared a similar taste in music. I moved to Nashville, with the County Fair as support, in ’72 with the intent of becoming a recording artist. In addition finishing a complete album by the County Fair recordings which we had started in New York for the Plantation label. The recording was largely ignored at the time, until it’s release much later in 1990 on a copulation album Long Island Artists of the 60’s. At the time I moved to Nashville, the town was in the throes of the pop-oriented urban cowboy movement and had no interest in County Fair’s updated honky-tonk. Frustrated by the lack of success, the band members left Nashville one by one and the County Fair disintegrated. I stayed e in Nashville, and a lot of session work followed, thanks to Shelby and Royce giving me the kind of help they did. In comparison to the polished music coming out of Nashville, the County Fair’s stripped-down, direct revivalism seemed radical. The cow-punks, as they were called, that attended shows provided an invaluable support for our fledgling careers. From my Nashville days looking forward, I have collaborated with a wide variety of artists and clients (as a composer, producer, and session musician), who have used, recorded, or licensed my compositions.   I have been working hard ever since, and in 1990 found my way to Norway where I now reside. I own an independent label (A.C.T. Entertainment Group) and publisher (Essential Sound Music Publishing). I specializes in production music, and have had significant success composing and producing music for over 4 decades.  My compositions have been used by both major and independent record labels, and publishers: such as EMI, Grappa, Warner Chappell, Curling Legs, RUf Records, Little Big Beat Music, Victor Entertainment, Sonet, Collectable Records, Sweden Songs, Face Front, Inside Out, Trygve Sound, Essential Sound Music Publishing, Long Life Music, and have appeared in television and film: Heat, Breaker Beauties, TV 2, CMT TV, History Chanel, VH1, CBS, ABC, NBC, SVT 1, AMC, Sport 1, Jong Gewild, DIT Network, KIKA, Blitz, Direct 8, Discovery Channel, Rai Italia, TV 2 Norge, CMT, OWN, Travel Channel, Ketnet, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show James Corden, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, TLC, Vampire Diaries, The Late Show Stephen Colbert, Fox News Network, TVNorge, Jeger Tvillingene, TV3 (SE), among many, many others.