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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.

Paul has also had hundreds of placements in movies, tv shows and advertisements.


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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