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BIRTHDAY: April 5, 1968
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: This Fire (1996)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1
button.gif (123 bytes) "[My parents] taught me the most singly important life philosophy: music is meant to be self-made, to be experienced directly. Therefore, we didn't listen to many records or spend much time listening to the radio. I see now how different I am from mainstream society in this way and it makes me very happy." - Paula Cole

 
TIMELINE

Paula Colebutton.gif (123 bytes) Paula Cole was born in the small rural town of Rockport, MA to a family already dabbling in music and the arts. She graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music after studying jazz singing and improvisation and went on to pursue a career as a musician.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) Paula got her first taste of success with the invitation to perform in Peter Gabriel's Secret World tour.

1995...

October
Paula Cole - Harbingerbutton.gif (123 bytes) Paula released her debut LP, Harbinger with Imago Records. Unfortunately, the record company went out of business resulting in little promotion for Paula's debut. The following year Paula joined Warner Brothers.

1996...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula's second LP, This Fire, was released, with herself as the producer. Within a year, the track "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" was heard all over the radio and became a #1 pop hit.

Paula Cole - This Firebutton.gif (123 bytes) Paula reflected on her growing popularity with Scene Magazine: On the comparisons of her music to other female artists such as Kate Bush and Tori Amos: "Maybe it's just because we're women, we're passionate about what we do and we're all strong singers who sing about personal issues..." On her LP, This Fire: "I really wanted to make a stark and risky statement, more about performance and 'in the moment' passion and emotion. It's not as naive and much more brazen. I felt more comfortable with myself, under my own skin, and I was able to take those risks because I believed in myself more." Entertainment Weekly called Paula "...a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove..."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula performed for U.S. troops in the Middle East right before the Christmas holiday.

1997... # 7 Singles Artist of the Year

March
Paula Cole - "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Paula hit the Top 40 with "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?"

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula hit the Top 10 with "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?"

May
button.gif (123 bytes) This Fire was certified gold.
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#1 with "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" for 3 weeks.

button.gif (123 bytes) Paula continued to promote her LP throughout 1997 with live performances on VH-1's Hard Rock Live and PBS's Sessions At West 54th.
button.gif (123 bytes) Her participation in the highly successful Lilith Fair tour also increased her popularity and help record sales.

August
Paula Cole - "I Don't Want To Wait" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Paula hit the Top 40 with "I Don't Want To Wait."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video ("Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) This Fire was certified platinum.
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Top 10 with "I Don't Want To Wait."

1998... # 33 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Paula's music can also be heard on the live LP, Live On Letterman and the soundtrack to Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil with "Autumn Leaves."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album (This Fire), Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?"), and Producer of the Year (the first woman ever nominated in this category). Although she might be remembered for her win as Best New Artist, Paula also might be remembered for "giving the finger" during her performance of "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" But the offending gesture was actually part of the act and a spokesperson for Cole's record label said the gesture was "part of the satire (of the song) where the woman is at home while the guy's out having a beer."
button.gif (123 bytes) She also hit the Top 40 with "Me."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) This Fire was certified 2x platinum.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula hit the Top 10 with "Me."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula told Rolling Stone: "My life has changed so dramatically. It's really bizarre and abnormal. I miss my parents. And there's no time. I mean, I had to pee in a cup the other day."

June
Paula Cole - "I Believe In Love" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Cole talked with CNN about Lilith Fair: "There was a vacancy an a need for women to support each other in music, in business, in life... It's a musical tour, first and foremost, but at the same time, there are amazing benefits that are coming out of this that are very feminist-inspired. Just the fact that we have proven to the industry... to a very male-dominated industry, that women are and can be very successful and are doing very well on their own, thank you very much, and we don't have to have men backing us up or men opening for us." Cole spent part of the summer travelling with the Horde Tour and will be playing again with the Lilith Fair when the tour hits Canada.

button.gif (123 bytes) Paula won 4 Boston Music Awards for Act of the Year, Outstanding Female Vocalist, Outstanding Song/Songwriter ("I Don't Want To Wait"), and Single of the Year ("Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?").

1999... # 81 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Act of the Year. Paula returned to the studio to record her anticipated follow-up LP to the Grammy-winning,
This Fire.

September
Paula Cole - Amenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Amen was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) Paul hit the Top 40 with "
I Believe In Love."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula played a benefit for hand gun control in L.A. - the result of her song "Be Somebody" which Cole didn't write for the cause but feels "...it works out to be a perfect gun control song...America is just so violent. You see that when you leave it. It's just such a problem now," she continues. "I understand that it is in the constitution because they never wanted the government to be too powerful. They wanted the ordinary citizen to have the ability to revolutionize the government and that's a really noble principle. But, wow, things have gone awry."

2004...

Paula Cole - Greatest Hits - Postcards From East Oceansidebutton.gif (123 bytes) # 235 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2006..

June
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Greatest Hits - Postcards From East Oceanside with 2 new tracks "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours" and "Postcards From East Oceanside."

2007..

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Paula released Courage.

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "I Don't Want To Wait" at # 81.

2010...

September
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Ithaca.

Paula Cole - Courage Paula Cole - 'Ithaca' Paula Cole - 'Raven'

2013...

April
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LPs
Paula Cole - Harbinger Harbinger
Released: October, 1995
Tracks: "Happy Home" - "I Am So Ordinary" - "Saturn Girl" - "Watch The Woman's Hands" - "Bethlehem" - "Chiaroscruro" - "Black Boots" - "Oh John" - "Our Revenge" - "Dear Gertrude" - "Hitler's Brothers" - "She Can't Feel Anything Anymore" - "Garden Of Eden" - "The Ladder"
Paula Cole - This Fire
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This Fire
Released: October, 1996
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 20
Tracks: "Tiger" - "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" - "Throwing Stones" - "Carmen" - "Mississippi" - "Nietzsche's Eyes" - "Road To Dead" - "Me" - "Feelin' Love" - "Hush, Hush, Hush" - "I Don't Want To Wait"
Paula Cole - Amen Amen
Released: September , 1999
Billboard peak: # 97
Rolling Stone review: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "I Believe In Love" - "Amen" - "a Tonya" - "Pearl" - "Be Somebody" - "Rhythm Of Life" - "Free" - "Suwannee Jo" - "God Is Watching"
Paula Cole - Greatest Hits - Postcards From East Oceanside Greatest Hits - Postcards From East Oceanside
Released: June, 2006
Tracks: "I Am So Ordinary" - "Me" - "I Believe In Love" - "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" - "Amen" - "Feelin' Love" - "I Don't Want To Wait" - "God Is Watching" - "Carmen" - "Happy Home" - "Autumn Leaves" - "Saturn Girl" - "Hush, Hush, Hush" - "Bethlehem" - "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours" - "Postcards From East Oceanside"
Paula Cole - Courage Courage
Released: June, 2007
Billboard peak: # 163
Tracks: "Comin' Down" - "Love Light (Cardinal)" - "El Greco" - "Lonely Town" - "14" - "Hard To Be Soft" - "It's My Life" - "Safe In Your Arms" - "I Wanna Kiss You" - "In Our Dreams" - "Until I Met You"
Paula Cole - 'Ithaca' Ithaca
Released: September, 2010
Tracks: "The Hard Way" - "Waiting On A Miracle" - "Music In Me" - "Elegy" - "Come On Inside" - "P.R.E.N.U.P." - "Violet Eyes" - "Somethin' I've Gotta Say" - "Sex" - "2 Lifetimes"
Paula Cole - 'Raven' Raven
Released: April 23, 2013
Tracks: "Life Goes On" - "Strong Beautiful Woman" - "Eloise" - "Sorrow-On-The-Hudson" - "Manitoba" - "Imaginary Man" - "Billy Joe" - "Secretary" - "Why Don't You Go?" - "Red Corsette"
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