Fresh, original Texas country music with a true twist of traditional, folk and Americana that stirs the imagination telling tales of real life events.
Award winning songwriting and European #1 albums and songs. Boasting the longest running Independant single in ECMA history of 25 weeks, "Sedona" written by Martin Moss on the critically acclaimed CD "So Strong" (12 weeks ECMA #1 Album). #1 most played on the Worldwide Mainstream Charts many times.
Paul Mateki's biography.
He was born in Leeds, England and began singing at an early age in the church choir. After emigrating with his parents to the United States in 1965 he quickly learned how to play the guitar and was soon doing local gigs with his first paying group "The Front Page". This band covered such notable bands of the time like the Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Guess Who etc. These groups, along with established country artists like George Jones, Don Williams and Hank Williams and contemporary artist Dan Fogelberg formed the basis of the music Paul performs and writes today.
While earning an Associates Degree from Fulton-Montgomery C.C. and a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Music History and Literature from the State University of New York, Paul refined his musical abilities at local coffee-houses and folk clubs. During this period he landed a job as rhythm guitarist/vocalist with Gary Bonner, who penned "Happy Together" that became a gold record for the Turtles, and "Celebrate" which became a gold record for Three Dog Night. While performing with Gary Bonner and Street Beat for two years, Paul did an East Coast tour with Tommy Jones and the Shondells.
After the break-up of Street Beat and several jobs with other local bands, Paul felt the pull of the West Coast and headed for California. While in California he developed his solo act, which is a big part of what he does today. He shared the stage with notable groups and performers such as Huey Lewis and the News, Maria Muldaur, Jo Baker (formerly of the Elvin Bishop group), Jonathan Edwards and the Motels. In recent years, Paul has opened for the likes of Lyle Lovett, P.J. Price, Dave Dudley, Donna Fargo, Norma Jean, The Cattle Company, The Souths, Hermann Lammers-Meyer and the Emsland Hillbillies, Gene Watson, the Oakridge Boys, Jody Adams, the Cheatin' Hearts, the Black Hills Country Band from Belgium and numerous other US and European groups and artists.
On his return to Texas after a one year period in California, Paul became aware of the ever increasing market for country music in Europe. Country music was a big part of Paul's life at this point and he decided to pursue this ever-growing desire on the European market. Shortly after his first album release, aptly entitled "PAUL MATEKI", he released his first single "Long Distance Lovin' " in 1992 on Pristine Records. It not only made the top 10 Inde Chart in the US, but also hit the European charts very strong, getting the ball rolling overseas! Throughout '93 and '94 Paul charted seceral songs including the now well-known "Quick Train" and "Why Baby Why?" on Comstock Records, both of which were produced by Jeff Huskins of Little Texas. Over the past four years Paul has released numerous singles on more than a dozen compilation CD's with ever increasing success and chart action. This would build the foundation for his critically acclaimed first CD "TEMPERATURES' RISING" on Misty Int'l Records, and open the door for numerous offers to tour overseas which he and Helen do every year.
"TEMPERATURES' RISING" quickly became a manstay on the European Country Music charts and peaked at #19 in August of 1996 on the Top 30 Album Chart, and his song "Quick Train" hit the #1 spot in Holland in June 1996. His first single release "Zevenbergen" (7 Mountains Memories) from his 1998 CD "ACROSS THE MILES" has already reached the #1 spot in Holland and has been in the Top 30 of the European Country Charts for 17 weeks, as of January 1998. The second single from the album is "Rusty Nail", set for a January '98 release on Misty Records, followed by his 1998 European Tour, set to start in Belfast, North Ireland in May.
The latest CD from The Mateki's "Something to Sing About" has scored big with 5 #1 singles on various European and Australian Charts, most notably "When the River Runs Dry" and "Please Don't Let me Go" and "We've Got a Love."
As an award-winning songwriter and performer, Paul also helps to produce and arrange the albums he records, along with doing all of his own harmonies and rhythm guitar work. As evidenced by his first two albums, Paul moves effortlessly through all of his musical influences, applying his expert touch to each nuance and mood. Above all else, he lets you experience his feelings that are contained in his music and that are easily conveyed to the listener. He sings with feeling and emotion at all times!
Helen Mateki Biography
Helen was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Being tought in a Catholic School, she discovered singing, and found her love in harmonizing. At age fourteen, Helen and her family emigrated to Fort Worth, Texas where she finished her schooling. Knowing that she nor her sister and five brothers spoke English during that summer, they quickly had to learn that language before beginning their first school year in America.
Helen's background in highschool was playing and performing on cello, and her dream at one time was to become a professional Cellist .
A few years later, English became Helen's very serious study. Discovering that her hunger was in writing, she has written many poems and short stories and today she is happy to say she is a published poet.
With several poems published, she didn't do much with her writing. She only had time to work and raise a child after the loss of her first husband. After her son was old enough, she again continued with her writing, but only as a hobby. She has a very critically acclaimed book of poems called "Thoughts."
In 1996, Paul Mateki came into her life. She quickly fell in love with his singing style, loved his song writing, and five years later they married. Now she writes some songs with him, harmonizes wonderfully and in time their voices grew together as one.
After singing together for more than a year, the CD "Texasville" started taking shape in 2001. Paul invited Helen to sing harmonies on two songs: "Mighty Fine Dog", and "Time Is Short". In November 2002, Paul and Helen had their first #1 hit together in Europe on the "European Media Services Most Popular Chart" with the Renie Peterson song "We've Got A Love".
2003 brought out the first collaboration of Paul and Helen with their new CD, "Something To Sing About". Helen's fine angelic harmonies complement Paul's singing so much, that in July 2003, their first #1 from the new CD "When The River Runs Dry" was on top of the European CMA Charts for 3 weeks. That was followed up by "Please Don't Let Me Go" featuring Helen on lead voclas and spending 2 weeks at #1.
Helen can be seen accompanying Paul around Texas singing harmonies and an occasional lead vocal. As of this writing Helen is teaching herself to play bass.
Yes, it's our living and life.
Our most special moment is probaly performing with our good buddy and Opry member Ernie Ashworth on the "Ernest Tubb Midinight Jamboree."
Dan Folgelberg, Gene Autrey, Hank Williams, The Guess Who, Roy Rogers, YES(for the Melodies of John Anderson) Everly Bros, Jonathan Edwards, and I. Renie Peterson.
Currently working on songs for a 2006 European Tour, writing and recording. http://www.paulmateki.com is always being updated. Pics of Euro Tour 2004. European CMA http://www.europeancma.com