At 18, Paolo Nutini became a household name in the U.K. after his debut CD “The Streets” landed at No. 3 on the charts. The Paisley, Scotland, native and Celtic FC supporter quit school at 16 to become a roadie and pursue a music career with the encouragement of a musical granddad who brought everything from Scottish folk songs to boogie woogie to opera into the Nutini household.
On “The Streets,” Nutini’s deep, mature, evocative voice belied his youth, while his lyrics laid out personal stories and emotional anguish — all backed by a guitar-driven sound produced by Liverpool’s famed Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Snow Patrol). A string of hit singles (“Last Request,” “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty,” “New Shoes”) and incessant touring — including opening for the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse — solidified his position as a bright new star on the Brit music scene.
Tapped for the lineup at the Ahmet Ertegun charity concert tribute, which headlines a re-reunited Led Zeppelin, the now-20-year-old Atlantic Records artist continues to write and tour.