Paul Orso's Story & Music
Paul Orso Life, Music, & Battle with ALS
Paul Orso was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has a long love of music – at age 14, after being taught guitar by his brother, he began writing songs, which was a natural progression from the poetry he had been writing.
He met his wife Kathy in high school and wrote her several tunes, which inspired many songs about their love. They were married in 1978 in their home town and still reside there. Paul and Kathy’s dreams were centered around work and family and they were blessed with three beautiful children and successful careers.
Throughout these years songwriting continued as a natural way of expressing Paul’s view of life. So while not his occupation, singing/songwriting became part of a lifelong hope to someday record all of his music for his family.
In September 2012, Paul was told by his doctor that he had a terminal disease known as ALS, otherwise referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The following month he was inspired to begin recording his music.
Paul’s music is about finding our direction through the difficulties, distractions and barriers on life’s journey. Several musicians found out about Paul’s recording efforts and wanted to get involved. Paul said this project has kept his motivation going despite the decline of his health. While the past couple of years have been very difficult for him physically, Paul says “…more people than ever have visited me, helped me, and most importantly, prayed for me.”
Paul states “…my lyrics are special and my melodies inspired by the music of the 70s and my faith.”
August 5, 1958 to July 23, 2015
Paul passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 surrounded by family and friends.
“I am full of gratitude to all the people who have taken the time to pray for us… give thanks to all the people in your life that have helped you.
And, may God continue to shine in your life.”
Paul worked with a recording studio along with several other music artists who have volunteered to bring life to the music previously played solely for his family. Three of the songs on his first album are spiritual: “Hear The Lonely Children” is a pro-life song; “He’s Always There” recounts his commitment to Jesus, and “Thank You” is a prayer for his family, friends and his wife.