Paula Arlich comes from a very musical family, so it is no surprise that she was gifted with a special musical talent of her own. Her family realized this when at the age of 3, she kicked her Uncle John (film composer John Williams) off the piano saying "my turn" and played for the first time. Her grandfather (Johnny Williams - drummer for the Raymond Scott Quintette) believed she had the "musical gene".
At the age of 12 she began to compose simple melodies. "She'd sit at the piano and just play whatever came out, and we were all amazed how easy it was for her," her mother said. "She'd play for hours, and her melodies were very soothing, even at such a young age!"
Under the instruction and guidance of Doris Morioka, she completed the Certificate of Merit Program through the Whittier Branch of Music Teachers Association in 1983, earning numerous awards and honors for her talent. Since then, she's earned her BA in business with a minor in music. Currently, she teaches private piano lessons, is the house pianist for the Vail Ranch Steakhouse in Temecula, and she is the accompanist for the award winning Thompson Middle School choir program.
Performing with other musicians has always been a true joy for Paula, and she has played the piano and keyboards for a variety of different musical groups including "Believer" and "YNT", and in 2006, along with founding members Mark Cloud and Bill Carrigan, she co-founded the cover band "Guilty Conscience". They have played literally hundreds of events throughout the southern California area.
Paula is known for her ability to play virtually any style of music, ranging from jazz standards, contemporary, classical, baroque, Christian rock, classic rock, pop, 50s, Broadway show-tunes, holiday standards, and country, but her passion always remains the softer, more soothing melodies that she loves to create. In June 2005, with the help of producer Jay Stewart and saxophonist Albert Von Seggern, her original instrumental CD "A Ray of Hope" was completed. Mark Cloud, owner/producer of Uncommonly Round Records heard the CD and immediately began promoting it through The Orchard with great success! The CD is now available for purchase through this website or on the internet.
A Ray of Hope has grabbed the attention of internet radio stations such as loudcity, and many songs have made it to the top 100 new age charts! In 2008, the song "Lost Love" was nominated for best new age instrumental by the JPF Music Organization.