Bio

Pal Shazar was born, raised and punished in Los Angeles, California. Her musical career began at a time when creative souls roamed wildly on the east coast. She began writing songs in the late 70's, inspired by artists Patti Smith, Television, and Iggy Pop, all of whom she illustrated for the local rock fanzine Back Door Man while working nights as a ticket girl at the famed Troubadour nightclub.

Together with partner Andrew Chinich she created the band Slow Children in the early eighties and began playing clubs in L.A. A highly cerebral duo, their music consisted of guitar driven pop laced with intellectual lyrics. Slow Children soon caught the eye of producer Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, Pretenders) and musician Jules Shear who together produced a demo for the group. A single released by Jet Records caught the ear of maverick A&R man Nigel Grainge in the U.K. He signed the band to his Ensign Records and the two records they recorded were released in the states by RCA.

Pal's association with Jules proved to be more than just a musical collaboration. In time they married and relocated to the east coast. After a short stay in Boston, they moved to Woodstock, New York where Pal found inspiration to begin writing songs on her own. She continued to paint and illustrate which provided the means for her to develop her own record label, Shiffaroe Records, on which she released her first solo effort, "Cowbeat Of My Heart".

"Cowbeat", which received little exposure due to lack of distribution, did receive much praise from industry insiders and caught the attention of Mike Scott (Waterboys) who Pal first met in the 80's when they were both signed to Ensign Records. Mike loved what he heard and invited Pal to sing on his record, Dream Harder, which was released in 1992. Pal also did the cover art for the CD.

Her second solo CD, "There's A Wild Thing In The House," was released on Transatlantic in 1994 and featured duets with Jules Sear and Mike Scott. Pal toured Europe with Giant Sand to promote the release. The journey culminated in opening for The Band at the Olympia in Paris. The European press embraced her work. Time Out/London praised Wild Thing as "a coolly crafted work of mysterious power, invention, melody and emotion.'

Coming back to the states, Pal began working on new material that grew into a project called "The Requiem Tapes." The title track "Requiem," appeared on the 1996 soundtrack for the film "Walking and Talking." Next came the third full length release, "Woman Under The Influence" recorded at Woodstock's Bearsville Studios. Publications such as Musician, Pulse, The Village Voice and The New York Press enthusiastically endorsed her latest effort. "'Woman Under The Influence' catches Pal peaking on record, ditching her folksy flirtations to knock out a delicate urban classic." - The New York Press.

In 2000 Pal worked with bassist Sara Lee (B52's, Ani Defranco) co-writing several songs for Sara's debut solo record. She also began her t-shirt line, which received wonderful press. A true renaissance artist, this musician, painter, and designer continues to write prolifically and gain attention with each and every move. In March of 2000 Stylus Records released her CD, "Safe" which was agreed by writers and fans to be her best work to date.

In 2001 Pal relocated to the land of her teenage years. She rented a place in Topanga Canyon, California, where her first love Neil Young roamed, and wrote the songs that appear on her fifth record, Shazar No. 5. The recordings were done back in N.Y at "The Magic Shop", while Pal could be seen each month performing her songs at "The Living Room" in NYC.

After completing "Shazar No.5", Pal went back to Topanga Canyon, packed up her belongings and returned to Woodstock. With the release of the CD she resumed performing at the excellent NYC club, "The Living Room." During the year in Woodstock Pal recorded 4 new songs with musicians Rick Norman and Jules Shear at a nearby Shokan studio and one track at the magnificent Allaire Studios courtesy of Mark McKenna.

Pal also wrote her first complete novel, "Janitor", a first person account of an affair as told by the man. At a friend's suggestion she submitted the book to Penthouse Magazine. One morning, after a long walk, Pal returned to a message from the editor of Penthouse stating that he was interested in publishing an excerpt from the novel. Amazing.

At this time she and husband Jules were planning to spend the upcoming winter in Ojai, California, a beautiful haven fifteen minutes inland from the Pacific Ocean, about one hour and a half north of Pal's hometown of L.A. Upon arrival in Ojai, Pal received her first check as a published fiction writer.

Over the course of the year Pal recorded three songs with the exceptional musician and dear friend Richard Stekol (he and Jules were in the group The Funky Kings). Considering taking a break from her own writing Pal recorded several cover songs at friend/musician Bob Beland's Wrong Way Studios with the view of eventual release. In the final analysis, Pal decided to compile recordings of her own songs for the next CD. Some of the material was recorded before "Shazar No. 5" and the rest was from the sessions since. Many studios, many musicians. all produced by Jules. Much of the mixing was done by Stephen Hague, friend and first class producer who possesses an incredibly intuitive mind regarding Pal's work. Pal: "I would trust him with my hands over my ears."

At the end of one full year out West, the family made the trip across the States once again, this time returning East but somewhere warmer. Destination Asheville, North Carolina, a small city as opposed to the towns they'd been living in.

In Asheville Pal's clothing line blossomed. She created a second line alongside her original company "A Pal Shirt" called "Pauvre Moi" collaborating with Myah Hubbel and Erin Honeycutt, two accomplished designers from Asheville. The "Pauvre Moi" line is sold in L.A., NYC, and North Carolina.

One afternoon Pal happened to see a large black and white photograph of a doll on the wall in one of the local boutiques. At once she knew that the time was right to begin the process of putting the next CD in order, with this photograph as the cover.

Photographer Serenity Eyre is a visionary. She and Pal have worked together packaging the CD, "The Morning After", using the original title of the photograph. "Serenity allows one to see life in places normally overlooked. Her work is a rare gift."

With the release of her seventh solo work, Pal says,"it is so easy to go back and forth when deciding the fate of one's work. Some of my paintings I sell, others I can't part with. My book 'Janitor' was featured in a major publication under the heading, 'Women's Erotic Fiction' yet it is a very private work. Regarding the recording and subsequent releasing of a CD, my ex-partner from Slow Children, Andrew Chinich says, 'Pally, it's your duty.' Thanks Andrew."