Paul Gilreath is a composer and author based in Atlanta, Georgia. His musical career began in from one end of the United States to the other and back. In 1983, he received Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, followed by moved to Los Angeles and continued his composition studies at Southern California. During his four years in Los Angeles, he composed music for five feature films, three of which were for full orchestra. Of these, he performed with full orchestra. He has also written music for several television programmes, feature film trailers and commercials. film trailers and commercials. Despite his apparent success, he longed for the simpler life he knew in Los Angeles. The simpler life he knew in the South. In 1987, at the age of 25, he left Los Angeles and returned to Georgia. Georgia. For the next decade, Gilret continued to write promotional pieces in Atlanta and frequently hired to compose orchestral scores for a variety of projects, including television shows and national commercials. In the mid-1990s, as budgets tightened and sampling technology improved. He transferred his true orchestration talents to this new technology.

The first edition of the MIDI Orchestration Handbook was intended primarily for his friends and fellow composers, but. It soon became the best-selling "underground" book among professional composers across the country. About a year after this first publication, Gilreath completed the second edition of the book. It was published in 1997 and has sold more than 20,000 copies worldwide. It was replaced by this 3rd edition in the summer of 2004. Gilreath continues to produce commercial works. Regional and national projects. He is frequently asked to help beta test new orchestral samples, and is and is consulted on several new library works. He and his wife, Channie, have a son, Paul "Quintin." Gilreath V., and a daughter, Birdie Rose Gilreath.