The New York Times says of Ms. West, "To everything she sings, Ms. West brings an ever-deepening feel for the blues. Her voice, though reminiscent of both Ms. [Nina] Simone's and Ms. [Cassandra] Wilson's, has a thicker caramel coating . . . For all her stylistic wanderings, Ms. West always returns to home base, a place where blues and jazz songs are inflected with a sly, humorous appreciation of the absurd and the naughty."
Ms. West is an extraordinary jazz and cabaret singer known for her rich, powerful contralto voice and for her sensitive interpretations of well-known standards. Paula has a distinctive sound; her voice is a dark, rich, powerful contralto that seems to wrap itself around a song and slide inside all the crevices. Her performances are filled with good tunes sung with style, invention and wit. She has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from San Francisco to New York to Europe. Her ten week runs at the Plush Room are a marvel. San Francisco Chronicle's Steven Winn says, "It is doubtful that anyone is singing better than Paula West these days, this extraordinary singer wear each song like perfectly fitted silk."