Q & A
Paula is a musician, songwriter, vocalist and lover of Jesus. She is a regional worship leader and a friend to many pastors and leaders in the southern California region. Paula has served in the area of worship for many different churches and venues and has ministered to and encourages others in their faith walk. Worship, music and ministry have been an integral part of Paula's life for many years.
Paula has worked professionally as a piano and voice instructor at the Queens Village School of Music in New York City. Under the tuteledge of Dr. Mitzi Kolar at SDSU, Paula received 1st place awards for her classical compositions at San Diego State University at 16 years of age and amongst her college peers, and also received the prestigious Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego Scholarship and Bank of America Scholarship to further her education.
Paula attended the Juillard School in New York City and also served as the assistant choir director and accompanist for the Highland Church 50-Voice Men’s Choir under the direction of Calvin Wright in Queens, New York. She has also been a member of the world-renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Her musical talent has landed her on the same stages performing with the likes of Tommy Walker, Phil Driscoll, R.W. Schambach, Caleb Quaye, Jonathan Woodby, Fred Benedetti, Paul Rodriguez, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Norbert Sloley, Rich Cook.
Paula’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, performed by the Juilliard School Orchestra, featured on the Highland Church worship album, the Ethnos Project Volume II album produced by Eric J. Lige, played on Caz Taylor’s Radio Show “Homegrown Praise” featuring local worship leaders and music artists, and has also been performed at Spirit West Coast.
Paula is an intercessor. She also demonstrates her personal story of redemption through music with those who are free and with those who are searching to understand the love and grace of God in a lost and dying world. Paula has a passion for the nations, to see justice, liberty and truth prevail.
She has also acted in several major motion pictures, television and music videos including Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, and "Subway Stories” with Rosie Perez.
Paula currently resides in San Diego, California where she serves at St. Mark Lutheran Church and ministers at various churches and venues throughout the United States.
Q: Have you always enjoyed playing music?
A: Yes. From as young as I can remember, my family and I were always singing about something and play-acting around the house.
Q: How did you start playing the piano?
A: My mom encouraged me to play and made sure I practiced my lessons when I was a young girl. I grew to love it so much and found my own expression through music.
Q: When did you become a Christian?
A: I surrendered my life to Christ as an adult. My sister invited me to church when I was at my lowest point. During prayer time at the end of the service, I asked Jesus Christ to be Lord of my life. That same day I was baptized and I haven't looked back.
Q: What are your thoughts on worship in general?
A: Music in itself is a powerful, unifying tool. We are called to love God and each other. Worship through music is one of the greatest ways to express and accomplish that goal. How awesome is that? And we get to be a part of it!
Q: What else do you enjoy besides music?
A: I really love cooking shows! Iron Chef was my favorite until it went off the air. I really enjoy the Food Network and Masterchef. There's a real art in cooking, like composing except with food.