Paul Peglar is originally from Rocky River, Ohio where he discovered theater at Beck Center and the Cleveland Playhouse. During high school his family moved to Sonoma County, California where he formed a barbershop quartet that got the attention of Tommy Smothers leading to them appearing together on an album and Tommy writing his college letters of recommendation. (A decade later, Tommy was opening for him.)
After graduating from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Paul worked in theater, film and television (notably as the pianist on the first season of Fox’s Glee) as well as with internet icons Chester See, Lana McKissack and The Kloons. After a few films (Fame, Pirates of the Caribbean III) he performed on Celebrity and Disney Cruises as both singer and pianist, and later served as quartet coach with Brightwater Entertainment.
Back on dry land, he was a founding member of vocal-electronic collective Sonos (signed to Verve Forecast) whose US/UK touring included live performances at SXSW, Sundance, ASCAP Film/TV Awards, Next Big Nashville, KCRW, NPR, BBC Americana, Studio 360, XM/Sirius and collaborations with Sara Bareilles, Kanye West, Ozomatli, Margaret Atwood, and the Young @ Heart Chorus.
Paul left Sonos to pursue a new endeavor: postmodern vaudeville duo Dakaboom, which he created with his best friend from high school. After self-releasing an album and live DVD they began a college tour that started in 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. Ranked Top Booked Act 2014 at NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) they have amassed over 400 performances to date: hosting/headlining several a cappella festivals, sailing as guest performers aboard Princess Cruises, and lending their talents to special events in Los Angeles including the Television Academy’s 70th Anniversary Gala, the L.A. Made series, and S.T.A.G.E. AIDS benefit shows.
(For six years, Dakaboom produced an annual holiday event for their hometown audience in Kenwood, California where they first became friends. As word spread, they were reconnected with Tommy Smothers who spent the last few years opening for their show, and they remain friends.)
Separately, Paul served three summers as Music Director for TASIS (The American School In Switzerland) where he composed an original score for the world debut musical of The Little Prince. As an educator he has worked with the Atlantic Theater Company, The Leadership Program, Imagine Works, Keys To Success, DramaZone, Education Through Music and with his alma mater’s Bruins On Broadway.
Paul currently lives in Brooklyn, New York working as an actor, musician, music director, accompanist, vocal coach, and storyteller. Also a songwriter, his “Cheesy Love Song” won honorable mention in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. He was recently featured in the NY times for accompanying a fashionable séance in the former home of Leonard Bernstein.
Paul has been producing art and events for close to two decades. Currently he’s working on new music for a forthcoming EP and a written project about cannabis oil and his mother’s incredible recovery from stage 4 melanoma. Paul loves traveling with his camera and spending as much time outside in nature as possible.