are the Paul Colman Trio ?
songs can make you laugh, think, feel, dance, jump,
and more ... sometimes all at the same time. Songs
that are struggling towards truth with a smile and
a broken prayer. Honest songs about life and a loving
The Paul Colman Trio got its start in 1998 when
Colman, who had already released two well-received
solo albums in his native Australia, recruited drummer
Gaudion for a trip to the United States. Upon returning
home, the duo decided to add a bass player, turning
to longtime friend Norsworthy, and the affectionately
dubbed pc3 was born. The band went on to become
the most successful independent artist in Australia’s
history, dominating radio and garnering the title
of Artist of the Year in 2000 and 2001, as determined
by The Rock Across Australia charts.
"There was this chemistry from the word ‘go’
when we three started playing together. There were
already 30 or 40 songs that I had as a soloist that
worked well with this ensemble,” Colman says.
"The collaboration that happened when we came
together, that to me was what made the magic.”
The pc3 "magic" was captured in raw,
low-budget form for the 1999 independent CD release
"Serious Fun." In Australia, and very
soon after in New Zealand, a little homegrown band
of favorite sons was gathering a following of "serious
fans". In 2000, pc3 followed the much-loved
"Serious Fun" with their second studio
In 2001, a matching pair of concert recordings
"Live- electric" and "Live - acoustic"
were released in Australia and New Zealand to capture
the two "sounds" of this eclectic band's
performances. As popularity at home grew with sold-out
concert tours and a string of local radio hits,
it was becoming obvious that the little band from
the eastern suburbs of Melbourne might need to launch
itself over the Pacific Ocean to the USA and beyond.
As it turned out, it was one of pc3’s self-released
CD's that made it into the hands of two different
people who would have an impact on the band’s
rapidly changing future. Completely independent
of each other, the music found its way to both Third
Day’s Mac Powell, who invited the band to
open for them on their 2002 US tour, and veteran
producer Monroe Jones, who immediately took up the
band’s flag and arranged for pc3 to record
its U.S. debut in music city Nashville, Tennessee.
Their major-label global studio album debut "New
Map of the World" (2002) received a Grammy
nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
The disc also produced US radio hits "Run",
Turn", "The Selfish Song", and "Fill
My Cup". In the same year, pc3 were awarded
a Dove Award for best new artist.
Non stop US touring ensued. Visits to Canada and
western Europe were added. Under the strain of living
so far from home and constant travel, pc3 prepared
new songs for the follow up release usually back
stage or in hotel rooms. Although 2003's "One"
stands strongly in the pc3 catalog, it did not enjoy
the support of a music industry unsure of its future.
Despite the strength of tunes like "Solution"
and "Pray" the 2003 release did not find
the ear of a wider US audience.
After more than 5 years of an exhausting schedule
of touring and recording the band officially announced
in February 2004 that they would be "taking
a break as a recording/performing band", citing
"financial and family considerations"
as primary reasons. It seemed the pc3 story was
But not so ...
It was a longish "break", but the band
were thrilled to have an opportunity to renew personal
and musical acquaintance in April 2009 with a couple
of special reunion shows at Australian musical festival
Easterfest. Despite the long absence from each other,
Phil (now living back in Australia), Paul and Grant
(still living in Nashville, TN, USA) were moved
and encouraged by the number, enthusiasm and long
memories of the Australian serious fans.
Perhaps buoyed by the success and serious fun of
the 2009 reunion performances, the band re-entered
the studio in January 2011 to record a new album
of previously unreleased material. The new CD "Return"
is now available from this site as mp3 downloads,
shortly from itunes, or from venues where the Trio
a successful tour of Australia in April 2011, pc3
headlined at Easterfest 2011. Stay tuned for more
exciting developments to the pc3 story soon.