He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, mixer, producer
and composer born in California
who took the name Sabu from his father who was
the Indian born movie star Sabu Dastagir.
His mother, Marilyn Cooper, was also an actress. Although a somewhat late
starter, playing the guitar from fifteen years old, he quickly made up for
it by beginning his professional recording career when he was nineteen.
He became a member of the new band Kidd Glove in the
early 1980s after Motown had decided to start a
Rock Division and held auditions for a new rock star. Paul got the job as lead man
and also started to write songs for the band with other Motown
songwriters. The debut
self-titled album was released in 1984 and it was re-released with extra
tracks in 2010.
Later in the 1980s he formed Only Child which released
two self-titled albums that are still recognised today and which got him
dubbed as an “AOR hero” and “L.A. Session King” by
various melodic rock publications.
Aside from working with his bands, he also became a
much sought after session musician, songwriter and producer for many other
artists. During his career to
date he has worked with countless singers and band in the studio which has
led to fourteen platinum and 11 gold recordings. Some of these artists include Aneka, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Duran Duran, Sheena Easton, Heart, Little Caesar, Madonna,
The Motels, Robbie Neville, Prince and John Waite. He also co-wrote, performed on and
produced Shania Twain’s debut album Beginnings.
Spreading his wings to work in TV and movies, his work
as been credited on the soundtracks of shows and films such as Accused, Bad Guys, Baywatch, Beverly
Hills 90210, Ghoulies II, Hard Rock Zombies, Sex
and the City and Vice Versa
as just a few of many.
Some of the albums he has released over the course of
his career to date include Heartbreak,
High & Mighty, Sabu, Paul Sabu
and Strange Messiah.
In recent years a poll for Kerrang magazine gave him the
accolade of being No. 2 on their list of Favorite
AOL Vocalists of All Time.