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There is seemingly no challenge big enough for Paul Oakenfold who has taken the craft of DJing to the world’s biggest heights (Mount Everest Base Camp) and its most sacred sites (he is the first artist to ever perform Stonehenge). Paul’s latest endeavor took him to the sands of Abu Dhabi where on Wednesday, March 10th, he performed a DJ set surrounded by more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing 200 nations at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games 2019 at Zayed Sports City.
Paul was among several internationally renowned music artists to appear at the Opening Ceremonies. Avril Lavigne (whose song ‘Fly’ was the official anthem for the 2015 World Games), Luis Fonsi (singer of global smash-hit single ‘Despacito’), Emirati singer and Good Will Ambassador at Large, HE Hussain Al Jassmi, Syrian superstar Assala Nasri, and star of Egypt and the Arab world, Tamer Hosny came together for a performance of the official World Games anthem ‘Right Where I’m Supposed To Be’ for the very first time. The song was created by Greg Wells (a producer and Grammy Award-winner for ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack), Ryan Tedder (lead singer of chart-topping act OneRepublic), and Quincy Jones (Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy Award-winner).
Paul holds philanthropy and humanitarian causes close to his heart. For his work, he’s received the Humanitarian Cultural Award from British Ambassador in Washington, DC and is Soccer Aid for UNICEF Advisor. In 2017, after a 10-day trek, he gave a live performance at Mount Everest Base Camp. The event raised money for local charities Himalayan Trust, Youth Music, Mayors Music Fund, and Supporting Nepal’s Children.
Up next for Paul: He’s putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming artist album “Labor of Love” set for release later this year. The album features guest appearances from Ryan Tedder, Luis Fonsi and CeeLo Green, among others.
About Paul Oakenfold
When it comes to a career the magnitude of Paul Oakenfold, it’s hard to encompass one of the true legends of electronic music into just words. For over three decades he has elevated and shaped an entire genre and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today.
Paul has produced for megastars such as U2, Madonna, and The Happy Mondays. As well as three acclaimed artist albums under his name. He has remixed Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and released over 20 DJ mix compilations. His work as taken him from the DJ booth of the worlds hottest night spots and festivals to the studio producing soundtracks for Hollywood blockbuster movies – including The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral. His diversity of artistry and ability has earned him accolades from critics and fans alike. Garnering him not one but 2 Grammy Nominations.
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