Homegrown Talent …….Paris by Air

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Signed by Lewis Martinee to Pantera and then to Sony Records, their style was very European despite their Miami roots. ” I was given a Demo by the band and immediately liked their sound and signed them” recalls Martinee ” Their single “Voices in Your Head” catapulted the act to national stardom followed by ” Come on and Dance with me” which solidified their place in 80s Dance music. Another single was ” All around the Sound” which was a hit in Europe expanding their appeal with the sound that would anticipate the coming the ” Euro” sound of the 90s that would dominate radio airwaves.

Willie Cleer – Drums, keyboards, bass, vocals – Willie formed Paris By Air in 1985, alongside Rick Munarriz and George Berkowitz. They all played in the locally popular cover band Revel with Marlene Sotelo and Rik DeCubas. As a skilled multi-instrumentalist, Will played bass and sax during the formative months. When Berkowitz left, he took over for the drum programming as well.
Terri Gil -( Second Singer) Vocals, keyboards – Terri has been the lead singer since 1992, at the helm for the releases of “I’m Serious” in 1992 and “All Around the Sound” in 1995. She also sings lead on “Don’t Close Your Eyes in the Dark” which appeared in the 2002 thriller movie “Serial Intentions”.
Rick Munarriz – Keyboards, guitar, backing vocals – Rick has been at ground zero for the band’s synth-happy sounds since the beginning. It was his home where most of the songs were originally composed and demoed and he also named the band. Willie and Rick had just graduated from Christopher Columbus high school when the band was formed.
Haydee Rivera – ( First Singer) Haydee joined Rick and Willie in the summer of 1985, and went to lead the band through the Billboard charting releases of “Voices in Your Head” and “C’mon and Dance With Me” — and the seasonally potent “It’s Another Holiday”. She left the band to go solo in New York in 1991. She continues performing today.
Voices in Your Head (1989) (US Dance #14)
C’mon & Dance With Me (1990) (US Dance #35)
I’m Serious (1992)
All Around the Sound (1996)

Paris by Air with Lewis Martinee
Paris by Air with Lewis Martinee