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Paul Doucette


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Member of Match Box Twenty and Film Music Composer

Paul Doucette  is the rhythm guitarist and former drummer for the band Matchbox Twenty. Paul also wrote 20 songs recorded by the band including "Soul", "Feel", and "How Far We've Come".  He formed a side band The Break and Repair Method when Match Box Twenty went on hiatus and released the CD "Mike and the Bee" in 2008.  Doucette composed music for the Nickelodeon film "Shredderman Rules" in 2004 which includes the song "Better Days". He won the 2005 Rhode Island Film Festival award for Best Score for the film "Just Pray". He is married to Moon Unit Zappa.

A native of North Huntington, Pennsylvania, he started drum lessons at age 13.  He graduated from Norwin High School in June 1990. After graduation he worked as a parking lot attendent at No. 1 Cochran in Pittsburgh."I really liked growing up where I did. "It's good to be raised in a blue collar work ethic." Doucette said in a interview with Valley Independent.  He moved to Orlando, Florida and answered a newspaper ad in 1996 for a drummer who was into R.E.M., Van Morrison and the Jayhawks. Through the ad he met singer/song writer Rob Thomas and Brian Yale. With two additional members they formed their first band Tabitha's Secret. After two members left they recruited guitarist Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook and renamed the band Match Box 20. Paul is credited with naming the band. They landed a contract with Atlantic Records.

Matchbox Twenty's first album "Yourself or Someone Like You" (1996), was certified diamond in the U.S. and multi-platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Their second release "Mad Season" (2000) was certified 4× platinum in the United States. The receach double platinum with their 2002 release "More Than You Think You Are" in 2002. The band took a break in 2004 and rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor left the band in 2005. Paul Doucette took over rhythm guitar the band released a compilation album "Exile on Mainstream" in 2007, which hit gold. Singer Rob Thomas went on a solo tour and the Matchbox Twenty went on hiatus.


Written by Paul Doucette