Caique DePaula, known by his artist name PAPA HIGH, was born in São Paulo Brazil in 1995. “Art lives within and around us whether we acknowledge it or not,” says DePaula on his creative inspiration. “A hauntingly beautiful song can resonate deeply with the listener as a form of inspiration allowing people to let go, even if just for a moment.”
Growing up between São Paulo and Michigan, Caique wrote in journals, creating stories and poems that eventually grew into songs. His nomadic-like childhood influenced his passion for music and allowed him to find company in his writing. DePaula would eventually originate the alter ego “PAPA HIGH” during his high school years as a way to overcome struggles and insecurities not only in his personal life but also while performing. During his time at ESPM and MDC, DePaula studied Marketing to embrace the business side of the industry.
After relocating to Miami, DePaula focused on further perfecting his craft by taking classes in music theory as well as songwriting. He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began his new chapter in music education, entrepreneurship, and artistry. After years of study and practice, DePaula felt prepared to share his artistic vision bringing “PAPA HIGH” to a global audience. “‘PAPA HIGH is a movement of love,” says DePaula. “It is a message of kindness, and a community for self-expression.”
PAPA HIGH’s mission is to create an environment where we can all be heard and seen and all feel a sense of belonging. Especially in today’s political climate, it is so easy to forget to practice tolerance and respect for your fellow human and he hopes to add value to the world through his music and artistry. He believes that music is a universal language and one that the world needs more than ever right now.
His most recent project is his debut EP, “CULTURA”, featuring songs in English, Portuguese and Spanish that cover topics rooted in culture, backgrounds, diversity, acceptance, representation, and identity.