Combining elements of country, bluegrass, and folk music, singer/songwriter Paul Jefferson writes songs that concentrate on positive examinations of love, whether it be romantic or spiritual. Jefferson's first taste of success was as a songwriter, co-writing Aaron Tippin's chart-topper "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You." Hailing from the hills and ranches of Woodside, CA, in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Palo Alto, he began listening to country music as a child. While attending college for engineering, Jefferson -- who is also a pilot -- developed a large regional following playing in a country band, eventually striking out on his own and marketing a tape of his original songs. After signing a publishing deal in L.A., the company took him to Nashville where he linked up with the newly formed Almo Sounds record label, started by music veterans Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. The company released Jefferson's debut in 1996, and the album's first single, "Check Please," was a Top 40 hit.