A two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist, Paula Abdul has been entertaining her fans for years as a singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, television personality, actress, producer and entrepreneur.
This fall, Abdul will headline her first solo tour in over 25+ years where she will hit over 26 cities in the US. STRAIGHT UP PAULA! is scheduled to kick off October 3rd in New Jersey. As one of America’s pop music pioneers, this headlining tour will showcase Abdul’s legacy as one the most iconic music & dance acts of a generation.
In 2017, Abdul made her momentous return to touring with Live Nation’s The Total Package Tour where she hit over 40 cities in the US alongside Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. The arena tour sold over five hundred thousand tickets and grossed over forty million dollars.
Abdul was recently a judge on the Emmy award-winning dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance.” After saying goodbye to “American Idol” in 2010 and serving as Executive Producer and creative partner for the CBS reality-competition series “Live To Dance,” Paula returned to network television in September 2011 with FOX’s highly anticipated “X·Factor.”
On the small screen as an actress Paula recently complete filming a guest role on ABC’s hit comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat.” In 2016 she also appeared on an episode of Fox’s comedy series “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life.”
Abdul’s career began at a young age when she joined the Laker Girls as cheerleader and choreographer. Abdul’s talent was recognized by top music artists, directors and producers where she quickly began to make her mark in the dance world. Her most celebrated works in choreography include her Emmy winning contributions to the “Tracey Ullman Show,” produced by the Oscar & Emmy Award winner James L. Brooks. Shortly thereafter, Paula was double nominated for her groundbreaking choreography for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards and for her own performance on the “American Music Awards,” for which she won an Emmy. She has won seven MTV Awards for her work with Janet Jackson and has also choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ Top, The Jackson family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart and Prince.
In film, she choreographed the memorable African wedding dance scene with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in “Coming to America,” as well as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s victory dance for “Jerry Maguire“—a film for which Gooding received an Academy Award. She also transformed Val Kilmer into the iconic Jim Morrison in “The Doors.”
In 1989, Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album, Forever Your Girl. After the single “Straight Up” exploded onto the charts, the album went multi-platinum and featured an astonishing four #1 singles. Spellbound, her second #1 album followed in 1991 to similar worldwide success, featuring two #1 singles. A sold-out worldwide arena tour came next, and in 1995 Paula released her third album entitled Head Over Heels, and has achieved a remarkable ten top ten career singles with six number ones.
Abdul is also very active in her community as a spokesperson and advocate for national charity organizations such as the American Humane Association’s “Pets and Women’s Shelters” (PAWS) Program, the foundations of Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco (raising funds for nonprofit guide-dog schools). This year, Abdul partnered with Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, to adopt a school in Brooklyn, New York and to help foster arts education in impoverished schools across the nation. In 2014, the Avon Foundation for Women tapped Abdul to become their Avon Global Ambassador for their international #CheckYourself digital campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Abdul, alongside the Avon Foundation, directed, produced, choreographed and starred in the campaign, which garnered half a billion media impressions around the world.
Abdul has become an in demand public speaker, touring the country to bring her own creative passion, drive and work experience to leading companies, organizations and events, including WE,Org, Pepsico’s Women CEOs, Cigna Health, Greater Miami Jewish Federation for Women, Empower 180, Genius Network, Hudson Union Society and others.