Paula Cole is one of pop’s most compelling vocalists, and she has enthralled audiences with her soaring, agile soprano since the early 1990s. After leaving the music industry at the beginning of the decade, her latest release is 2010′s Ithaca. Again on display are Paula’s intensely personal original songs set on a shimmering backdrop of acoustic and electric instruments, with her amazing voice front and center.
Born the daughter of musicians, Cole studied jazz singing and improvisation at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before attracting rapt attention as a featured vocalist on Peter Gabriel’s 1993-1994 Secret World Live tour. Cole released her debut album, Harbinger, in 1994, followed by 1996’s self-produced This Fire, which spawned the two smash hits “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.” In 1997, Cole was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including “Producer of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” and took home the award for “Best New Artist.” In 1999, Cole released her third album, Amen, then decided to take some time off following the birth of her daughter Sky in 2001.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.” – Peter Gabriel
“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone
“…A feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.” – Entertainment Weekly