A native of New York, jazz vocalist/musician Paula Atherton began studying voice and flute at the age of nine, becoming proficient on saxophone during her teenage years. She studied with a number of notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz and Bob Mintzer, performed at the New York Ball celebrating Bill Clinton's first inauguration, and led the house band for the cable comedy show Girls Night Out. Playing saxophone, Atherton and her band, Interplay, managed to attract a following in the New York City area and released Let Me Inside Your Love in 2001. Atherton returned in 2009 with the album, Groove with Me. In 2013, she released her third studio effort, Enjoy the Ride.