5 Drummerszone artists - Paul Leim

Paul Leim
United States
For most musicians, there is a distinct separation between various segments of the entertainment industry. Few other musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performance and television as Paul Leim. In the last twenty years, Paul has compiled an enviable "track record" in all four areas and has earned his distinction as one of the foremostdrummers in the entertainment industry world wide.

In concert venues and recording studios all over the world, Paul has performed for a seemingly endless list of top artists, composers and producers. Paul has performed on tours or special engagements with Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Tanya Tucker, Tim McGraw and Randy Travis.

Number 1 albums credits with Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chestnut, Lyle Lovett, Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Shania Twain and many others, including Pe Werner and "Pur" (German "Pop" artists), make up a remarkable variety of interesting and rewarding record projects in Pop as well as Country and Contemporary Christian.

Motion pictures such as "Star Wars Return of the Jedi" and "The River"; Music oriented movies like "Dirty Dancing", along the television series "Fall Guy", "Spencer for Hire", "The Tonight Show", "Growing Pains", "Dolly", "The Grammy Awards" and eight years playing on the "American Music Awards" have provided a variety of musical experiences only dreamed of by aspiring players.

Of the thousands of records, soundtracks and albums Paul has played on, over 125 have been certified Gold or Platinum. That translates to more than 125 million in unit sales and $1.5 Billion in sales including multi platinum. Over 75 of those are Dove, Grammy, CMA or Academy Award Recipients. Being well established and known for his own style and sound, contributing to the success of the tremendous artists and talents he works with, and having a happy healthy family with his wife Jeanie, sons Jacob, Josh and daughter Kristen, has been a "Life Dream Come True" for a Farm boy from "Troup, Texas".

Few other musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performance and television as Paul Leim.

Paul has performed live with a diverse list of top artists, composers and producers world wide, including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Mike Nesmith, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Lynda Carter, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and “ELVIS, The Concert” along with Elvis’ “TCB Band”.

Motion picture credits include “The River”, “Tank”, “The Legend of DB Cooper”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Elvis and Me”, Elvis, and “Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”.

Episodic television series and specials include ‘Wonder Woman”, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, “Elvis”, “Fall Guy”, “Spencer for Hire”, “The Tonight Show”, “Growing Pains”, “Battlestar Glactica”, “Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters”, and “Dolly”.. He was staff on “The Grammy Awards”, eight years on Dick Clark’s “American Music Awards”, 4 years with the “Academy of Country Music Awards”, and the perennial “Grand Ole Opry”.

His Gold and Platinum album credits, consisting of over 300 million records sold include, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Lyle Lovett, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Seger, Billy Currington and Kenny Chesney. Paul recorded with The Monkees on their 20th anniversary record “Then and Now” including the hit “That was Then and This is Now”.

He is 8 time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year Nominee, multiple winner of Nashville Music Award, “Drummer/Percussionist”, and Nashville Music Row Magazine’s “Top 10 Music All Stars” award winner. Most recently he is winner of “Drum Magazine” Drummie of the Year, (Country Category) 4 Years in a Row and Modern Drummer Magazine “Reader’s Poll”, Drummer of the Year, (Country Category) for an Eighth year in a Row (2001 " 2008).