Paul Stanley's Biography


For more than forty-five years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. Although preferring to live his off-stage life out of the media spotlight, he continues to be the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS. A visionary and trendsetter since the early 1970's, Stanley's passion for both the musical and visual arts has perhaps been the key to the astonishing ongoing worldwide phenomenon known as KISS. Stanley single-handedly penned such escapist anthems as "Love Gun," "God of Thunder" and "Black Diamond" and wrote the golden throat that throttled "Detroit Rock City," the charismatic swagger behind "I Was Made For Lovin' You," and stripped of makeup, was the unmasked troubadour that breathed vocal life into the ballads "Reason to Live," "Forever" and "Every Time I Look at You."

Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS logo which 40 years on remains universally recognized as one of the greatest logos of the 20th century. His artistic and visual input has been and continues to be seen in his designs of KISS album covers, stages and apparel.

Paul Stanley creates portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. The scale is huge, the paint laid on thickly; the colors have been chosen in order to generate a powerfully physical and emotional effect. His work can be associated with the Abstract Expressionists of the late 1940's and 1950's. He aims to maximize the direct, physical impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of images. His tremendous success has translated into tens of millions in art sales.

In addition to the concert stage, Stanley has also played to theatrical audiences in the title role of The Phantom, in "The Phantom of the Opera." Paul was chosen to be the final Phantom in the 10-year run of the Toronto production.

As an accomplished solo performer, Stanley released "Live to Win," his first solo album in more than 25 years. In it, Stanley strips his emotions to the bone and adorns them with a melodic sheen with songs about the power of the human spirit and commitment to not compromising ideals. In 2008, Stanley released the heavily awaited concert DVD, "One Live Kiss," that quickly went to the top of the music video charts.

A believer of reciprocity and calling attention to those less fortunate including numerous hardships faced by soldiers returning from duty overseas, KISS donated a dollar from every ticket sold on the "Sonic Boom Tour" to the Wounded Warriors Care Project.

To add to his long list of accolades, he became a New York Times and International bestselling author for his autobiographical book "Face the Music: A Life Exposed" and had continued success with his follow up memoir "Backstage Pass."

He joined forces with PUMA on two collections using his signature stars, glam rock style and dazzling animal prints on shoes, apparel and accessories. Some styles of his sneakers sold out within five minutes.

Paul has spent the last few years developing a project close to his heart. Soul Station is a band gathering some of today's leading musicians to pay tribute to the greatest artists and songs from the R&B and soul catalog in addition to new original songs to keep this vital music current. While a surprise to many, Stanley's early pivotal roots in this music has quietly turned this passion into a celebrated touring and recording band. Stanley's 17-piece ensemble group has toured the U.S. and Japan, as well as spending recent time in the studio recording songs for a forthcoming yet-to-be announced project.