ICMP Spotlight Artist | Paul Usher

Our Careers and Industry team actively support and nurture all the musical talent to pass through ICMP and are responsible for selecting our weekly #ICMPSpotlight artist.

This week they've chosen to shine the spotlight on BA (Hons) Songwriting alumnus Paul Usher.



Self-taught pianist Paul Usher released his latest track this month and there is a reason behind it; it's 50 years since the first Pride parade took place.

'Paper Cups' tells a LGBT love story starring cheap wine in paper cups, drinking games and make-shift beds on best friends' floors.  Paul takes us back to the start of a love, when it’s not about the things you have, it’s all about just being so into each other that the rest doesn’t matter. 

'Paul Usher wonderfully illustrates that nostalgic sense of magic in ‘Paper Cups’, so much do we winder if the song was inspired by anyone special' (The Q Review). 

A day after its release, the track received its first radio airplay on The Graham Norton show on BBC Radio 2.

Keep up to date with Paul Usher on Facebook and Instagram.

Listen to our Spotlight 2019 playlist on Spotify, including 'Paper Cups' and more releases by ICMP students/alumni.

Stay connected to our Careers and Industry Hub

If you're an ICMP student or graduate then please keep in touch and let us know what you're up to thehub@icmp.ac.uk. Also, don't forget that our Careers and Industry team continue to be available to you after graduation, providing advice and connections to help further your career.

If you're interested in taking advantage of ICMP's music industry connections, then join us at our next Open Day. You'll learn all about our courses, meet tutors and find out how ICMP can help you carve out your music career. Book your place here.

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