Picture yourself in a cozy cafe, a folk singer-songwriter enchants with story-songs of life, love, and making it to adulthood.

…and now you can download three of his songs, including his latest single for free!


Here is what listeners have said about Paul Hatem!

“…songs that are simple at first blush, but quietly reveal themselves as little gems.” -David Keevil, Songwriter

“Poetic, mesmerizing, dreamlike; captures something essential about human experience.” -Natalia, Musician

“Whimsical, poignant, accessible, guitar-based folk songs, sometimes with unorthodox classical instrumentation…” -Chris Eastburn, Composer, Orchestrator


Contemporary folk singer-songwriter, Paul Hatem (pronounced “Hay-tem”), has a way with words. He’s been quietly writing songs in New England for most of his adult life. At the heart of his singing is the songs, and at the heart of the songs is his quirky, but finely-crafted lyrics. His songs tell stories; his stories just might make you feel and also make you think. Paul’s New England underpinnings rise to the surface in his songs, like tree roots pushing up a sidewalk. He’s a family man, working at day jobs – but he’s never given up on writing, and consistently creating high quality songs about his life. Until now, his writing has been mostly for his own enjoyment – along with that of a small, loyal, local audience. For more than a decade he and his family have sung in the Family Folk Chorale in the Boston area, a multi-generational choir of singers and instrumentalists. That chorale – along with Paul – has performed seven of his songs onstage. Paul has also performed in local venues solo, or with his acoustic band, Arl-Lex Five and Dime. Now, after a lifetime of writing interesting songs, he is finally stepping out into the larger public eye, to share what he does with a wider audience.

In a world of excessive hype, Paul’s songs are a refreshing change. They seem simple, but are like miniatures that open a door to a bigger world. His language is without pretense, subtle and evocative, direct and engaging, saying just enough to imply what is happening. His emotional restraint packs a punch of meaning. With a lyrical, pleasing tenor, and captivating melodies, it is still in his lyrics that the emotional punch lies. His music draws from the deep roots of the folk tradition; and yet, he follows the sentiment that “all music is folk music.” With influences also from rock, country, blues and bluegrass he creates a pleasing, eclectic blend. Paul’s songs are tightly composed, and with the help of skilled producers, they are carefully arranged, using just the right instrumentation to bring out the essence of each song. His topics range from love songs – reminiscent of Cat Stevens, Neil Young and James Taylor – to tender and humorous memories of childhood, and to much quirkier topics. He explores road trips, the fun in getting old, and whether we get hungry or cold after we die. Let yourself be drawn in by the humor, insight, compassion and thoughtfulness of this constantly growing artist.

For a limited time Paul is giving away three of his songs, free, when you sign up to his email list. The songs include “When I Get Old,” the title song from his new album of the same name. Just enter your name and email address underneath the big red arrow and you will immediately be sent the download links to the free tracks.

So enter your name and email address now, get your downloads, sit back and listen!