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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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  • 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 9:12am Reply
  • Zach216

    She's kind of a prick and her last album...I don't know how anyone can possibly get into it. She's trying to be "cool" and revisit the 1970s and 80s but like failing miserably, at her feeble attempts to sound like she's from that time period. (Because she isnt!) She's gained a tremendous amount of weight and her live shows consist of just her, (seemingly) ANY guitar-player and a drummer. It sounds lousy, like why have bass on all of your records and no bassist live? Doesn't make ANY sense at all

    3 Apr 8:10am Reply
  • Kiz88

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

    1 Apr 8:35am Reply
  • Zach216

    She's gotta cancel a couple shows in April because she tore her meniscus? Think about the dozens of people that mildly impacted... sorry I've gotta let it out. Not to be weird but bad things happen to musicians who ostracize me from their group of fans. She's breaking down... I recall her spraining her ankles or something twice playing tennis. I made a comment about her weight but she definitely could or should lose some. It's mean but I've wondered if she's (I believe a vegan) how can she be that BIG? (Like she is now... Paula's about 5'8 & 140-145 lbs, she's chunky!)

    22 Mar 2:46pm Reply
  • Zach216

    Every time I hear "Midlife Crisis" by Faith No More, I have a good laugh at Paula's expense...

    20 Mar 3:35am Reply
  • TabooEv

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

    20 Feb 10:35pm Reply
  • Element_X

    tfw dawson's creek.

    11 Feb 9:57pm Reply
  • Zach216

    That being said, she I guess... advanced me forward in my life, she has TALENT but relatability or people skills? Absolutely none. She often gets way too cerebral with music as well. Lastly... your music being used as a JOKE (many times) but most recently in a Bud Lite commercial? Oh yeah... some "legacy" to leave behind... smh :-/

    16 Jan 5:31pm Reply
  • Zach216

    "Raven" to me was a HUGE disappointment... she "propped" it up like it was going to be this, I don't know REBIRTH of sorts... Her 1st independent album... hell she called it "RAVEN"... and it's nothing more than unpolished demos that were recorded in a week... overall the record has sort of this DREARY, SOMBER-vibe throughout. Even a more "energizing" song like "Manitoba" is so old and outdated (a song she recycled from the 80s?!?) I think Paula's best writing is BEHIND her. She's a good musician but definitely does NOT have that "IT" factor... there's a CHARISMA and MYSTIQUE some musicians have (and others do not...) She presents herself as something she's NOT. (and she knows that too...) I'm like "No wonder the PUBLIC got TIRED of her antics and ridiculous personality."

    16 Jan 5:27pm 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
  • beanscout

    Eloise is out!

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Kyle_James The new single "Eloise"! Very Pretty!!!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TabooEv

    Can't wait to hear Raven :)

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • thisfire

    And you can now pre-order a regular or signed copy of Raven here: :)

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • uglynaked

    Бухта Доусона ♥ привет из детства

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BrightEnix

    Its official. Paula Cole's new album "Raven" will be released April 23rd!

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
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