Lights Over Paris is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. Ranked #6 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums in August 2010, the band has been touring nationwide since 2010 after the success of their debut single "Turn Off The Lights" that was featured on Yahoo! Music, MTV, VH1 and received over 1 million views on YouTube. The band has also featured other artists such as singer Dev and hip-hop artist Game in their songs. The band is now on indefinite hiatus due to Robert Mawhinney's conviction and incarceration of fraudulently obtaining four bank loans in October 2013. It is unknown if his debut album will be released under the Avex umbrella.
1 Band Members,
2 Former Members,
3.3 Fraud Conviction and Sentence,
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The band consists of vocalist Robb University,
Robb "TaLLLLL" University, Frontman, Writer & Vocalist,
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On April 13, 2010, Lights Over Paris released their first EP, Turn Off the Lights on Digital Records/Type One Records. The EPs 3 songs, "Melody", "Lime Light Girl" and "Rescue Me" were mixed by famous engineers Tom Lord-Alge and Chris Lord-Alge
The music video for "Turn Off the Lights" was shot at various locations in Los Angeles. The video was premiered on Yahoo! Music MTV, VH1 and received over 1 million views on YouTube.
Their upcoming album will most likely not be released.
With musical influences from AC/DC, and Lady Gaga to Blink 182 and Black Eyed Peas, Lights Over Paris is not limited to one particular genre. Their many influences include rock, pop, electro, and punk. The band harkens back to a late 80's Glam rock mentality while looping around pop turns and dance rock twists, with the occasional hip-hop influence.
The band has a new single, "I'm Not a Gangsta", which features Game. The single was released on May 10, 2011. "I'm Not a Gangsta" is cut from the band's upcoming untitled release which has yet to come out. The album also features singer Dev (Like a G6, Bass Down Low).
Fraud Conviction and Sentence:
In January 2013, bandleader and sole member Robert Mawhinney, a.k.a. Robb "TaLLLLL" University, was arrested and charged with fraudulently obtaining four bank loans and money laundering totaling over 11 million dollars. If convicted, he may be facing 30 years in prison.
Mawhinney was convicted in October 2013 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.