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Paul Sidoti

Lead Guitarist and Vocalist

Paul Sidoti was born on May 13, 1971, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He has toured with Taylor since December 2007 as lead guitarist and vocalist.

At the age of five, Paul started playing guitar. Along the way, he taught himself keyboards, bass and drums and also took lessons on saxophone through junior high and high school. He started singing and playing in his own rock bands at the age of 14.

Shortly thereafter, Paul began writing and performing his own songs. With the help of his supportive parents, he received his own recording studio setup when he was 17. Writing, recording, producing and playing all instruments on his demos, he put together a 10 song album and moved to Los Angeles after completing his freshman year of college at Ohio State University and Western Michigan University where he majored in Jazz Studies. Upon arriving, he attended the Los Angeles Recording Workshop and earned an honors degree in recording engineering.

In the fall of 2000, Paul moved to Nashville and upon arriving, quickly met a few major songwriters in town. One being Stephanie Bentley (“Breathe” by Faith Hill, “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride). They formed a friendship and began writing songs together. An instrumental person in Paul’s career has been singer/songwriter Dickey Lee who introduced him to the staff at Universal Music Publishing where he currently co-writes with various writers. Before playing with Taylor, Paul has also shared the stage with Eric Carmen, The Raspberries, Bryan White and many others.

Since 2007, Paul is part of Taylor’s band. He is the lead guitarist and also sings backup vocals during live shows. In addition to touring, Paul has also played on Taylor’s studio albums Speak Now (2010) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version) [2021], which have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Taylor has had numerous guest artists on tour over the course of Paul’s tenure. Some of Paul’s personal highlights include playing for; Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Bryan Adams, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Alanis Morissette, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Johnny Rzeznik, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Carly Simon, and James Taylor to name a few.

Paul also does session work for many styles of music. Whether a project needs vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards or a fully produced demo, he can achieve the sound his clients are looking for.

He’s married to the lovely Ashley White Sidoti. Together, they have a daughter.

Visit Paul’s website where he offers meet & greets here.

General Information
BornMay 13, 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee, USA
EducationLos Angeles Recording Workshop
Alma materOhio State University
Western Michigan University
SpouseAshley White Sidoti (m. 2011)