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Paula Cole (born April 5, 1968 in Rockport, Massachusetts, USA) is an American singer and songwriter. Among her hits include “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” “Me,” “I Am So Ordinary,” “I Believe In Love,” and the theme to the WB’s hit series “Dawson’s Creek,” “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone
“… a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.” – Peter Gabriel.

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few. From a small town in Massachusetts Paula Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists.


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  • Okss_de

    Dawson's Creek soundtrack ♥

    27 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • BrightEnix

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut "Harbinger" Paula Cole does a track by track interview of the album. 2 hour long podcast. Its epic! Check it.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • Zach216

    It has moments... but the production ruins a lot of it for me... "Scream" needs a soft/pop beat but instead has a snare-crackin' and it's so unpleasant and doesn't accentuate the vocal it actually takes a lot of attention away from it. Conceptually, a title like RAVEN; I'd assume EVERYONE was thinking BIG... and it really didn't take me anywhere new. A song like "Manitoba" was written in the 80s for a reason.... Everything about her these past few years has been super CONSERVATIVE. If that's where she's going then I guess there's a reason I jumped ship... I've always tried to bring out and encourage Paula to EXUDE MORE CONFIDENCE and to KICK SOME ASS while she's still PLENTY CAPABLE. It just might turn some heads and make people RESPECT her

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TabooEv

    After listening to Raven for some time now, I kinda' agree with you Zach. It's not a bad album, but definitely could've been better. There are too many decent songs on it. Though Red Cosette is one of my favorite of the newer songs, just stunning!

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    Maturation and stepping up her game (to me) would've meant an album that was a culmination of ALL of the other previous FIVE records COMBINED into ONE... she needs to get a little more CELEBRATORY (instead of CEREBRAL) she's a SURVIVOR in this INDUSTRY and she should be PROUD of that... start goin' outside-the-box, start writing about things larger than herself... that to me would be expanding and equate to growing exponentially... but I suppose we all have our own definitions. When she told me she agreed with someone that she was "over-singing" on Ithaca I thought "has this chick lost her mind?!?" if that's how you FEEL... EXPRESS it... her vocal-power is something that makes her different. So EMBRACE it... kick it up a notch (or TEN...) Go BIG!

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    Dude, she wrote that song in the EIGHTIES... I mean to each their own... it's still chocked full of way too much minor-key, melancholic, sob-story-writing... to me that's not a "maturation"... at all, really... she got the divorce and all that out of her system. This was her first album as an independent artist and I just think people are STUPID if they think because there's the bare minimum as far as musical instrumentation... low-budget production value... it's just... eh, whatever. So not worth gettin' into this because I can go on FOREVER.

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    I disagree. It's as raw as she has ever been, but it feels more mature. "Manitoba" is a perfect example, which harkens back to "Mississippi." "Red Corsette" is as emotionally bare as she has ever been. I think she's finally found her soul groove.

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    It's not an EVOLUTION though... it's a REGRESSION.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    "Raven" still holds up as her most beautiful statement since "This Fire." It's not exactly a comeback since she's been releasing some wonderful albums since, but man, "Raven," wow.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    Peaked on "Ithaca"... can no longer write an album of all original brand-new songs... she made some good music that used to mean a lot to me but having gotten to know her on somewhat of a personal level... she should work on developing... (what's it called) A PERSONALITY! Any man with her (or who was with her, quite a long-list there) was for Money or because she was EASY back in her college days.

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kiz88

    "she's kind of a prick". That's made my day. I've not heard her latest album, seems I wont have to.

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Kiz88

    Whats the deal with Paula these days? I'm so out of the loop.

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TabooEv

    I actually thought Raven was pretty good album, I like!

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Element_X

    tfw dawson's creek.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • konraaad

    Raven is awesome, reminds me a bit her best work This Fire - omg!

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • felipebiffe

    imaginary man <3

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Kyle_James

    Loving Raven sooooo much! It's such a beautifully crafted album!!!!! This is Paula in all her sweet glory!

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • usamike

    dawson's creeck forever :-)

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Zach216

    I got my copy yesterday, been listening to it for nearly a week now. Definitely her best, most impressive work since "The Comeback". I am so proud of her, loved being a part of her campaign... Sitting down & chatting with her at Berklee was a wonderful experience. She's a REAL as it gets, she is the most inspiring person I know. I love her and this record is everything I hoped itd be and more! :-)

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
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