Paula Arlich comes from a very musical family, so it is no surprise that she was gifted with a special musical talent of her own. Her family realized this when at the age of 3, she kicked her Uncle John (film composer John Williams) off the piano saying "my turn" and played for the first time. Her grandfather (Johnny Williams - drummer for the Raymond Scott Quintette) believed she had the "musical gene".
At the age of 12 she began to compose simple melodies. "She'd sit at the piano and just play whatever came out, and we were all amazed how easy it was for her," her mother said. "She'd play for hours, and her melodies were very soothing, even at such a young age!"
Under the instruction and guidance of Doris Morioka, she completed the Certificate of Merit Program through the Whittier Branch of Music Teachers Association in 1983, earning numerous awards and honors for her talent. After high school, she went on to earn her BA in business with a minor in music.
Her passion for teaching and performing has led her to a diverse and extensive musical career. She has taught private piano lessons to over 100 students; was Musical Director for Broadway Musical Theater Company, performing live music for over 20 musical productions; was a musical director for several church choirs and music worship groups; and performed solo piano at hundreds of private/public events.
Currently, in addition to teaching private lessons, she is the house pianist for the Vail Ranch Steakhouse in Temecula, the accompanist for the award winning Thompson Middle School choir program, and keyboard player for the cover band Guilty Conscience, which she co-founded with Mark Cloud. The band has played literally hundreds of public and private events throughout Southern California.
Paula is known for her ability to play virtually any style of music, ranging from jazz standards, contemporary, classical, Christian rock, classic rock, country, pop, 50s, Broadway show-tunes, and holiday standards, but her passion always remains the softer, more soothing melodies that she loves to create. In June 2005, with the help of producer Jay Stewart and saxophonist Albert Von Seggern, her original instrumental CD "A Ray of Hope" was completed. Mark Cloud, owner/producer of Uncommonly Round Records heard the CD and immediately began promoting it through The Orchard with great success! The CD is now available for purchase through her website www.paulaarlich.com and on the internet. “A Ray of Hope” grabbed the attention of internet radio stations such as Loudcity, and many songs have made it to the top 100 new age charts! In 2008, the song "Lost Love" was nominated for best new age instrumental by the JPF Music Organization.
In 2013, Paula received notice that she was awarded and listed in the prestigious “Who’s Who in America” publication.