Sunday, April 17 | 7:00 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2016 Concert Series
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Paula Cole was raised by musical parents in Rockport, Mass. Her father, Jim Cole, was an ecology and biology professor and her mother, Stephanie Cole, was a visual artist. She graduated from and is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, where she declined her first record deal from a jazz label in 1990 to continue to write her original work. Cole has been nominated for seven GRAMMYs and won Best New Artist of 1997, she is also the first woman in GRAMMY history to be solely nominated for Best Producer. Her songs have been covered by diverse artists and have been featured on television shows, movies, and commercials.
Cole first broke into the music work when she was invited to perform on Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live Tour in 1993. Her second album, This Fire, features two of her most well-known songs: “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” and “I Don’t Want To Wait,” which was used as the theme song for Dawson’s Creek. It is hard to place Cole’s music into just one genre because of her jazz and rock roots mixed with her sophisticated writing and production styles. With her seventh studio album, 7, she allows her songs to speak for themselves through her undeniably authentic voice.
“7 is a collection of songs that came suddenly and urgently. The songs demanded to be written and released, as if my subconscious needed to reach out to me; to tell me all I was going through. I recorded this album live, as an acoustic quartet. It sounds like a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s and the songs speak for themselves.”
“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice.”—Rolling Stone
“A feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.”—Entertainment WeeklyBack to Concerts