Born in Rio de Janeiro on May 31, 1948, Brazil, Paulinho Da Costa discovered his love for percussion at the tender age of five by exploring the different sounds of everything he could get his hands on. While still in his early teens, he joined several musical groups, traveling extensively throughout the world. Upon arriving in the United States, the multi-versed percussionist carved a sizable niche in the music community.

Contributing his professional outlook and friendly appeal to eight hundred fellow artists, his name has appeared on over two thousand albums and numerous top-selling records, including works by Quincy Jones, jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, plus pop superstars such as Madonna, Sting, and Michael Jackson. Perhaps even more outstanding than the multitude and caliber of artists he plays with, is the variety of musical styles he has mastered.

A dynamic percussionist, an innovative composer and a qualified producer, Paulinho's musical versatility is also well demonstrated on his four solo albums - Agora, Happy People, Sunrise and Breakdown.

Throughout his prolific career, Paulinho has been involved with some of the decade's best selling projects, including the record breaking Thriller, the landmark recording We Are The World and the percussion dominated successes of All Night Long and La Isla Bonita.

However, not only has Da Costa made a profound impact within the record industry, his talents are proudly recognized in both film and television. His movie credits range from the Oscar-nominated motion picture The Color Purple to thrilling action hits like Transformers and Mission Impossible. Plus, Paulinho has contributed to a countless number of films that have connected with people worldwide like the Academy Award winning Dirty Dancing and Purple Rain, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, Jurassic Park, Hairspray and Indiana Jones.

Through radio and television, the sounds of Paulinho Da Costa come into your home on a daily basis. Whether it is for hit TV shows like Will & Grace, Cold Case or ER, national car and food commercials or television movies, his music is heard around the world. Even more noted is his composition for the Coca-Cola "Orchestra" commercial, which found its way to number one on the U.S. and international ad charts.

Paulinho has been privileged to have collaborated with so many unbelievably talented artists who have achieved worldwide success and have laid their musical imprint on generations to come with their numerous hit songs. Many of those tracks have so resonated with people that they have been sampled time and again by today’s music superstars like Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and the Black Eyed Peas.

Throughout his career, Paulinho has also been performing live with several world renowned artists, as well as for the most important causes of our time. His participation at prestigious events and venues have included performances at Wembley Stadium, The Kennedy and Lincoln Centers for the Performing Arts, the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Also, Paulinho has played at key events in support of worldwide causes such as the International Tribute for Nelson Mandela & South Africa which featured Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Anita Baker, and Tracy Chapman; the Rainforest Foundation Benefit with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon; plus The Concert of the Americas which had the Presidents of the Americas in attendance. Paulinho has also had the wonderful opportunity to play alongside many talented artists in concert like Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Seal, Jon Bon Jovi, Chaka Khan, John Legend, George Duke, Lalo Schifrin and David Foster to name a few.

In recognition of his incredible talent, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Paulinho with its "Most Valuable Player Award" for three consecutive years and the honorary "Musicians Emeritus Award." His skills have provoked the Los Angeles Times to describe him "a virtuoso on percussion" and Downbeat Magazine to label him "one of the most talented percussionists of our time."


He has recorded with the following artists:


Aaliyah, Adam Cohen, Ahmad Jamal, Agnetha Fältskog, Air Supply, Akiko, Akira Asakura, Al Jarreau, Alain Chamfort, Alan Price, Alberto Fortis, Albert Hammond, Alex Acuña, Alice Cooper, Allen Toussaint, Amanda, Amanda Marshall, Ananda, America, Amy Grant, Andre Crouch, Andrea Bocelli, Andy Narell, Andy Taylor, Angela Bofill, Angela Winbush, Angie Stone, Anita Baker, Ann Nesby, Anri, Aretha Franklin, Art of Noise, Art Porter, Sr., Atlantic Starr, Audio Caviar, Average White Band


B. B. King, Babyface, The Bangles, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Barry White, Beat Disciples, Belinda Carlisle, Ben Sidran, Benny Golson, Bernie Taupin, Bette Midler, Bill Cosby, Bill Cunliffe, Bill Medley, Bill Sharpe, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, The Blackbirds, Bob Dylan, Bob James, Bob Seger, Bob Sinclar, Bobby King, Bobby Lyle, Bobby Mcferrin, Bobby Womack, Boney James, Bonnie Raitt, Booker T., Boys Club, Brainstom, Breakfast Club, Brenda Russell, The Bridge, Brothers Johnson, Bruce Gaitsch, Bryan Ferry, Burt Bacharach, By All Means


Cachao, Captain & Tennille, Carlos Toshiki, Carole Bayer Sager, Casiopea, Catie Curtis, Celine Dion, Cerrone, Chaka Khan, Champaign, Chanté Moore, Charles Veal, Charo, Chayanne, Cher, Cheryl Lynn, Cheryl Ladd, Chet Atkins, Chicago, Chico Freeman, Chris Beckers, Chris Botti, Christopher Cross, Chuck Cissel, Chuck Mangione, Chuck Rainey, Cinderella, Clark Datchler, Claus Ogerman, Cliff Martinez, Cock Robin, Commodores Conway Twitty, Courtney Jaye, Craig Huxley, Cruzados, Curt Smith, Curtis Mayfield


Dakota Moon, Dan Hill, Dan Seals, Dana Glover, Dave Koz, David Arnold, David Benoit, David Foster, David Pack, David Pomeranz, David Roberts, David Sanborn, David Waters, Dean James, D. C. LaRue, DeBarge, Debra Hurd, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Delilah, Demis Roussos, Deniece Williams, De Novo, Destiny's Child, Diana Krall, Diana Ross, Diane Schuur, Dianne Reeves, Dionne Warwick, Dirk K, Dizzy Gillespie, Djavan, D-Knowledge', Doc Severinsen, Dog's Eye View, Dolly Parton, Don Felder, Donna Summer, Dori Caymmi, Dov, Dräco Rosa, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Dr. John, Durell Coleman


Eagles, Earl Klugh, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Money, Edu Lobo, El Tri, Eliane Elias, Elisa Fiorillo, Elkie Brooks, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Emotions, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Carmen, Eric Clapton, Eric Marienthal, Eric Martin, Ernestine Anderson, Ernie Watts, Euge Groove, Eva Santa Maria, Evie Sands, Everette Harp


Fee Waybill, Finis Henderson, The 5th Dimension, For Real, Four Tops, Fra Lippo Lippi, Frank McComb, Frank Rosolino, Frank Stallone, Frankie Valli, Freddie Hubbard, Fuse One


The Gap Band, Gap Mangione, Gardner Cole, Gary LeMel, Gary Myrick, Gary Wright, Gato Barbieri, Goldstar, Gene Page, Geno Washington, George Benson, George Duke, George Howard, George Jones, Gerald Albright, Gino Vannelli, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Gloria Gaynor, Gloria Loring, Gloria Trevi, Graeme Revell, Greg Phillinganes, Grimaldi


Hanne Boel, Harry Connick, Jr., Harry Gregson-Williams, Harves, Heatwave, Heitor Pereira, Henry Mancini, Henri Salvador, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, Hiroko, Hiroshi Sato, Hiroshima, Hitomi Tohyama, Howard Hewett, Hugh Masekela


Ilse María Olivo Schweinfurth (simply known in Mexico as Ilse), Ilse DeLange, Imperial, Indigo Girls, In Vitro, Irene Cara, The Isley Brothers, Ivan Lins


Jacintha, Jaguares' James "J.T." Taylor, James Ingram, James Last, James Reyne, Jane Monheit, Janet Jackson, Janis Ian, Jann Arden, Jass A Karaka, Javier, Jay Hoggard, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Lorber, Jeffrey Osborne, Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Warnes, Jeremy Monteiro, Jermaine Jackson, Jermaine Stewart, Jill Scott, Jimmy Ponder, Jimmy Reid, Jimsaku, Joan Baez, João Bosco, João Gilberto, Jody Watley, Joe Cocker, Joe Lamont, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Joe Satriani, John Benitez, John Denver, John Goodsall, John Klemmer, John Patitucci, John Pizzarelli, John Stoddart, Johnny Gill, Johnny Guitar Watson, Johnny Mathis, Jojo Alves, Jon Anderson, Jon Secada, Jonathan Butler, Joni Mitchell, Jorge Ben, José Feliciano, José José, Josee Koning, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Journey, Joy Enriquez, Joyce Kennedy, Juanita Dailey, Julio Iglesias, Jr., Julio Iglesias, Junichi Kawauchi


Katey Sagal, Karyn White, Kassav' KC and the Sunshine Band, Kazu Matsui, Keb' Mo', Kelis, Kenny G, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Keola Beamer, Kevyn Lettau, Keith Washington, Kirk Whalum


L.T.D., Ladysmith Black Mambazo, La Toya Jackson, Lalo Schiffrin, Lamont Dozier, Lani Hall, Larry Carlton, Larry Graham, Laura Branigan, Lee Oskar, Lee Ritenour, Leo Sayer, Les Charts, Les McCann, Lenny White, Lenny Williams, Leslie Phillips, Level 42, LeVert, Letta Mbulu, Linda Ronstadt, Lionel Richie, Lisa Bade, Little River Band, Little Feat, Living in a Box, Livingston Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Lori Lieberman, Lucy Pearl, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Luis Miguel, Luther Vandross


Madonna, Marc Portman, Magnum, The Manhattan Transfer, Mara Cubeddu, Marcus Miller, Mahogani Blue, Maria Bethania, Maria Vidal, Mark Portman, Marlene de la Peña, Marlena Shaw, Marilyn Martin, Marilyn Scott, Marta Sánchez, Martha Davis, Martika, Martin Mull, Martin Taylor, Mary J. Blige, Matraca Berg, Masami Nakagawa, Masayoshi Takanaka, Matt Dusk, Maurice White, Maxi Anderson, Maxine Nightingale, Maysa Leak, Melissa Manchester, Melissa Sweeney, Melody Gardot, Mezzoforte, Michael Brecker, Michael Bolton, Michael Bublé, Michel Colombier, Michael Franks, Michael Jackson, Michael McDonald, Michael Omartian, Michael Sembello, Michael White, Mike Love, The Mike Theodore Orchestra, Miles Davis, Milly Carlucci, Milt Jackson, Mimi Manners, Mindi Abair, Mindy Mccready, Minnie Riperton, The Miracles, Miyuki Nakajima, Molly Hatchet, Motivation, Mystic Merlin


Nancy Wilson, Najee, Nathalie Archangel, Natalie Cole, Nazareth, Neil Diamond, Neil Larsen, Ney Matogrosso, Nick Kamen, Nielsen/Pearson, Nino Buonocore, Nino Tempo, Norman Brown, Norman Connors


O'bryan, The Offspring, Olivia Newton-John, Overtime, Oscar Castro-Neves, Ozone


Pat Coil, Patrice Rushen, Patti Austin, Patti Brooks, Patti Labelle, Patrick Williams, Patty Weaver, Paul Anka, Paul Horn, Paul Jabara, Paul Jackson, Jr., Paul Kelly, Paula Abdul, Pauli Carman, Pauline Wilson, Peabo Bryson, Peaches & Herb, Pebbles, Peter Cetera, Phil Collins, Phillip Bailey, Philip Mitchell, Phyllis Hyman, Pia Zadora, Pieces of a Dream, Pleasure, The Pockets, Poco, The Pointer Sisters, Prince


Quarterflash, Quincy Jones


Rachelle Ferrell, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford, Randy Jackson, Randy Newman, Raul Midón, Ray Charles, Ray Pizzi, Ray Simpson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Regina Belle, Renaud, Rene & Angela, Riccardo Cocciante, Ricardo Silveira, Richard Marx, Richie Sambora, Rick Braun, Rick Lawson, Ricky Martin, Rita Coolidge, Rita Lee, Robbie Nevil, Robin Trower, Robert Brookins, Robert Hazard, Roberta Flack, Roberto Carlos, Robi Draco Rosa, Rockie Robbins, Rod Stewart, Rodney Franklin, Ronald Isley, Ronnie Foster, Ronnie Laws, Rosemary Clooney, Rosie Gaines, Roy Ayers, Rubén Blades, Rufus


Sadao Watanabe, Sam Phillis, Sam Harris, Sammy Nestico, Sarah Vaughan, Seal, Seawind, Serah, Sérgio Mendes, Sheree Brown, Shirley Bassey, Shoko Suzukif, Shotgun, Slave, Slash's Snakepit, Simone, Sister Sledge, Smokey Robinson, Sneaker, Spinners, Splendor, Stan Getz, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Turrentine, Stephanie Mills, Steve Barta, Steve Tyrell, Stevie Woods, Stephen Bishop, Steven Curtis Chapman, Stewart Copland, Sting, Stix Hooper, Susan Osborn


10,000 Maniacs, T-Connection, Talking Heads, Tania Maria, A Taste of Honey, Tata Vega, Tavares, Teddy Pendergrass, Terence Blanchard, The Association, The Temptations, The Carpenters, The Crusaders, The Jacksons, The Jets, The Jones Girls, The Memphis Horns, The Originals, The Raes, The Whispers, The Winans, Thomas Anders, Teena Marie, TLC, Tim Draxl, Tokyo Monogatari, Tom Grant, Tom Scott, Tomandandy, Toots Thielemans, Tori Amos, Toto, Tracie Spencer, Tracy Chapman, Tramaine Hawkins Trini Lopez


U-Nam, Urban Nights


Vanessa L. Williams, Vanity, Vasco Rossi, Véronique Rivière, Vesta Williams, Vonda Shepard


Walk This Way, Walter Becker, Wang Chung, Warren Hill, W. G. Snuffy Walden, Whitney Houston, Will Downing, Willie Nelson, Wilson Phillips, Wilton Felder, Windham Hill


Yarbrough & Peoples, Yellowjackets, Y Kant Tori Read, Yes, You Am I, Yoru Ni Kizutsuite, Yoshitaka Minami, Yvonne Elliman, Yutaka


Zachary Richard, Zezo Ribeiro



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