Paulette Dozier’s work has received acclaim for her international record releases and live performances in the US and abroad. A well received theatrical run in South Florida saw Dozier starring in the acclaimed Billie Holiday biographical tour de force, “Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill.” She's done it all.
Dozier started off singing in the church choir in Florida as a child, warming hearts with an incredible soprano voice and playing the alto sax until her mother (a single parent and career oriented) moved north to New York. There, Dozier's striking looks led her to a modeling career, walking catwalks professionally for the city's fashion elite. At the same time, she had begun intense training with the legendary jazz dance and Broadway choreographer Frank Hatchett.
Her budding career led to an early flurry of international travel and performances. A touring dance contract brought her to live in Caracas, Venezuela, where she was discovered as a singer and signed with Venezuelan record labels for a series of incredible collaborations with Vytas Brenner and Jorge Aguilar, including Belong (Polydor), Aguilar (Love), and Siempre Juntos (Rodven). She later toured Italy as a vocalist with former Simple Minds’ drummer Mike Ogeltree.
While her dance and singing talents gave her a fulfilling livelihood abroad, Dozier’s return to the US directed her interest to acting. A natural on stage, the now two-time Carbonell Award nominee has appeared in beloved productions that include the celebrated 1940s Radio Hour, La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry’s Girls, and Parade.
Her attraction to musical theater nudged her desire to be a solo recording artist. Paulette continued to develop a stunningly unique voice that echoed heroes like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as well as a magnetic stage presence that harkened to the glory days of Josephine Baker. Dozier now has her own catalog of solo albums With You, Over & Over Again and In Walked You, all with the PF&E label. On her last album, In Walked You, she reveals a tenderness from a soul that still lets its guard down now and then. As with so many other moments in her career, the effect is disarming.
Qhen not on stage, Dozier uses her talents for a successful career in lifestyle modeling, acting, voiceover performing, and coaching. She's also earned degrees including a Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida International University. A true renaissance woman with a varied artistic background that has not left a rare stone unturned.
"...very enjoyable vocal jazz"
JAZZREVIEW - H. Allen Williams
"...excellent and well worth hearing"
AMG ALL MUSIC - Scott Yanow
"Vocalist Paulette Dozier's presentation is impeccable."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ - Dan McClenaghan