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JUNO Award winning producer

Winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, The International Songwriting Contest and recipient of the first John Braheny Songwriting Award.


Paul Otten is a mid-western singer/songwriter who is not ashamed to churn some heartfelt, acoustic, warm butter that sounds like Ryan Adams crying on David Gray's shoulder. Shell out some pure pop (think Tim Myers on a good day) candy nuggets. Or crack open a can of neo-blues, raunchy gut rock that smears white stripes all over the black keys.

Most notably, Paul is half of the Indie Folk duo Big Little Lions with Canadian based singer/songwriter Helen Austin.

In addition, Otten is an award winning producer, producing the JUNO Award winning children's album "Colour It" by Helen Austin, has worked with multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken ("What a Girl Wants," "Come On Over Baby") on a remake of her hit single "Almost Doesn't Count" (Brandy), is a two-time winner in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a winner in the 2014 International Songwriting Contest and is the first recipient of the John Braheny Songwriting Award.

Here's a list of tv shows, ads, movies, etc. that Paul's music has landed in:


Homefront - (starring James Franco, Jason Stathum and Wynona Ryder)

Dirty Beautiful 

Trailer for "Goddess" (Australian Film)


FOX tv promos


True Blood Season 7 Trailer


Necessary Roughness


American Crime

Jane By Design

Happy Endings


Biker Live

Bo Jack Horseman


ABC's The Vineyard


The. Nate Berkus Show

I Used To Be Fat


Access Hollywood

The Young and The Restless

Cougar Town

Breaking Pointe

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

After Lately

America's Next Top Model

The Lying Game

Teen Mom

Last Call With Carson Daly


Tia And Tamera

Redneck Rehab

Party Of Five (DVD)

The Listener

God, Guns and Automobiles

Trailer for VICE (This Is What Winning Looks Like) on HBO



Big Star Denim

Taco Time

DuckBrand Tape Radio Ad

All of this is brought to you by the spongey, unfiltered heart, mind and fingertips that serve as Paul Otten's musical playground. And emanates…….nay, resonates from Paul's home studio nestled in the hills overlooking the Ohio river valley.


2 of Paul's songs land in this trailer for the upcoming indie film "Dirty Beautiful."



Here's a trailer for True Blood Season 7 using Paul Otten's song "Demons."



Paul Otten Production Credits:

"Colour It" by Helen Austin

(2014 Juno Award winning album, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Year winner)

"Paper Cage" by Big Little Lions

(2013 International Songwriting Contest winner, songs featured on MTV's "Catfish," Ikea Ads and ABC's "The Vineyard)

Remake of "Almost Doesn't Count" for Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated hit songwriter Shelly Peiken.



Big Little Lions

The new wonder duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten.

Ryan Seacrest has posted our new single on his website!!



New Single "Make It Up As We Go Along" Premiers on


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