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An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice
Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.
A fantastic artist
More beautiful than ever, in a twenty-plus-year career, Paula Cole releases Ballads, a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the 1930s to the 1960s. It is dedicated to her father, Jim Cole.
Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly fifty years of age, to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. A self-described “mother and human being first,” Cole is a timeless voice not only in song, but for those who have felt pain, and who still stand shining light, against all odds. With a voice that is big, rich, and gorgeous, a mind that is intelligent, and a heart that transforms suffering into beauty, Cole sings for our enlightenment, for our souls. Ballads is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, sung by a stunning Cole we’ve not yet heard.
Cole is the voice behind Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live hits (“Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait”) and the brave, brazen double-platinum album, This Fire. Cole has infused wit and poetry in seven albums of original work over her career. In performance, Cole gives of herself to such a degree that she elicits tears and gasps and goose bumps from audiences. In her lyrics, she writes of inner life, redemption, a woman’s perspective, and social justice.