Paolo Nutini was taught singing by Avril McCusker for three and half years, but was expecting to follow his father into the family fish and chip shop business. He was first encouraged to sing by his music-loving grandfather, Jackie, and a teacher at his school, St Andrews Academy, who recognised his talent. He left school to work as a roadie and to sell t-shirts for Speedway. He spent three years learning the music business, performing live, alone and with Dome and Dick from the Dongues. He mentions Dome and Dick as great influences on his later career, especially Dick's singing. He later worked as a studio hand at Glasgow's Park Lane Studio. He later met Mike Bawden, who went on to manage him, along with Craig Beck.
His big chance came when he attended a concert staged by 102.5 Clyde 1 for David Sneddon's return to his home town of Paisley at the beginning of 2003. Sneddon was delayed, and as the winner of an impromptu pop quiz, Nutini was given the chance to perform a couple of songs on stage during the wait. The favourable reaction of the crowd impressed another member of the audience, who offered to become his manager.
Daily Record journalist John Dingwall saw him performing at the Queen Margaret Union, and invited him to appear live on BBC Radio Scotland. Only 17, Nutini moved to London and performed regularly at The Bedford pub in Balham while still legally too young to drink alcohol himself. Other radio and live appearances followed, including two live acoustic spots on Radio London, The Hard Rock Cafe, and support slots for Amy Winehouse and KT Tunstall.
Throughout 2006 Nutini played a number of sold-out concerts in the UK and performed at a wide variety of venues worldwide, including King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, a TV appearance on Later with Jools Holland, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Wireless Festival, Oxegen and T in the Park. He supported the Rolling Stones in Vienna and was invited to appear with them again at the Don Valley Stadium in August 2006. He was also booked to appear at the V Festival and The Austin City Limits Music Festival, Texas later in 2006, with a European tour in the autumn. In May 2006, he also played at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundee.
On Hogmanay 2006, Paolo appeared on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live celebrations, after the official celebrations in Princes Street Gardens were cancelled at short notice due to abysmal weather. He performed several songs in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle for the TV audience with little or no rehearsal.
Paolo is a big Celtic F.C. and FC St. Pauli supporter and was criticised by fans for allegedly coming on stage seemingly drunk after celebrating Celtic's title win in April 2007. This has been vigorously denied by Paolo himself and his management, who said that Paolo was just mumbling as he sang, and that the set was subject to several technical problems that made him difficult to hear.
Paolo performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2007 on the famous Pyramid Stage on the second day of the event. Nutini also performed at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium on July 7, 2007, with his set including a cover of "What A Wonderful World", a classic pop tune by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, and George Douglas. He performed the following day at T in the Park, in Scotland.
Scottish independent TV company Volt MediaFix are currently making a one-off special documentary on Paolo's recent US tour. The programme, for the BBC, was scheduled for broadcast on BBC2, on Thursday 7 June throughout Scotland and on Sky channel 990 throughout the rest of the UK.
His song "Rewind" was also played at the end of CSI: Miami episode "Broken Home" in season 5. His song "Jenny, Don't Be Hasty" was also featured on another member of the CSI franchise when it was played on the season 3 finale episode of CSI: NY, "Snow Day".
On 24 July 2007, Paolo was awarded The Golden St. Christopher medal by the city of Barga in Italy, the highest honour the city can give, to celebrate his extraordinary contributions to Barga and its people.
In September 2007, Paolo recorded a short radio show with imeem.com where he listed his top 10 favourite tracks and the reasons behind his choices.
In October 2007, Paolo performed for the annual Voodoo Fest held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On New Year's Eve 2008–09, Paolo performed at the Hogmanay street parties in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, becoming the first act to play both locations on the same day for the event.
On 29 May 2009, Nutini released his second studio album Sunny Side Up, after the first single from the album "Candy" was released on 18 May. In July, he appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, performing "Coming Up Easy". This was released as the second single to the album on 10 August and it debuted at #62 in the UK Singles Chart on 16 August 2009.
On September 10th, 2009, Nutini performed "Coming up easy" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Paolo made his first demo which saw him signed to Atlantic Records in May 2005, shortly after his 18th birthday. He released his first single "These Streets" as a free download in May 2006, this was then followed by his next single "Last Request" which was released on 4 July 2006 and charted at #5 in the official UK charts. In the video for "Last Request", Nutini plays the part of a robber - though this is not revealed until the end. Nutini's third single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty", was released on 25 September 2006 and got to #20 on the UK Singles Chart. "Rewind" was Nutini's fourth single. It was released on 4 December 2006, and reached #27 in the UK.
His debut album These Streets, produced by Ken Nelson (who has also worked with Coldplay and Gomez), was released on 17 July 2006 and immediately entered the UK album charts at #3. Many of the songs on the album, including "Last Request" and "Rewind", were inspired by a turbulent relationship with his girlfriend Teri Brogan, and "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" is a true story about encounters with an older woman. These Streets, as Paolo himself puts it on his official website, he states, "The album is a little glimpse of some of the experiences I have been through in the last three years". In late 2007 he covered Madness' version of Labi Siffre's It Must Be Love for BBC Radio 1's Radio 1 Established 1967 album.
New self-produced second album Sunny Side Up was released on June 1, 2009.
- "Singer Paulo Nutini headlined the Hogmanay bash..." eveningtimes.co.uk,  1-1-09.
- Paolo Nutini Photo Gallery
- Interview on ilikemusic.com
- Article in The Evening Times July 18 2006
- Live Review Cardiff University 2006
- Article in barganews Aug 15 2006
- Video and audio clips (Windows media/Realplayer)
- Paolo Nutini video interview on stv.tv
- Intimate interview with Paolo Nutini, june 2007, movmnt magazine
- Undercover video interview with Paolo Nutini April 2007
Biography from Wikipedia