Singer-songwriter Paul Fogarty is not your regular guitar strumming troubadour. 

Before turning full-time to music in 2001 Fogarty worked as an Investigative Journalist in Australia, exposing fraud, corruption, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement at all governmental and corporate levels across multiple industries and portfolios. He rose to national editor of two bi-weekly industry publications.

Paul’s dogged, hard line questioning and natural sense of irreverence made him a formidable force in the ranks of the fourth estate.  But in 2001  at the behest of his girlfriend Paul turned his back on his burgeoning career for a simple, grass-roots life writing songs. He was still writing about  global and local issues but with a freedom he’d not been able to approach as a journalist. 

“When you work in investigative journalism,„ says Fogarty, “you have gatekeepers who can and do stomp on a lot of your hard work - because it’s too sensitive, too close to home, or creates some kind of conflict within the organisation. What you end up with, as a journalist and writer, is a load of printed hogwash that crushes your soul every time you read it„.

“In songwriting,„ he says. “You can work unimpeded and the truth has at least a chance of surviving.„

Fogarty has written more than 1200 songs on topics as diverse as corruption, love, loss, rural life, suicide, family, foreign policy, sexuality, bias, bullying, fast cars, slow boats, madness, contemporary life, social media, mis-used technology and even medical equipment. 

Paul’s songs come to him at all hours of the night and day.  “Being asleep is no excuse for not working,„ he says. “Most of my song ideas and even complete songs come to me in my dreams.„

Fogarty hammers out new songs every week, some of which have made it into movies and TV shows seen and heard by millions. 

“My job in life is to tell the truth,„ he says. “And to help people equip themselves for the task of finding their own authenticity.„  

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