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Paula Cole Interviewed by Associated Press and Billboard Magazine, as Grammy Winner Navigates "A More Authentic Career"
(Published: January 25, 2018)

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January 24, 2018

Paula Cole Interviewed by Associated Press and Billboard Magazine, as Grammy Winner Navigates "A More Authentic Career"

Additional National Placements Include Parade Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, M Music & Musicians, SiriusXM, more

Turning 50, Cole is Reflective and Grateful -- a Grounded Adult and a Woman of Substance

In an engaging and wide-ranging interview with Associated Press, Grammy winner Paula Cole shared her authentic self: a reflective and grateful artist, mother, daughter, teacher and performer -- embracing a newly rejuvenated career on her own terms, with integrity.
Associated Press: "All these years later, that Grammy is not her favorite accomplishment. That would be her daughter and her fans, who have funded her last two albums. Her story is a cautionary one for anyone who thinks that winning one of music's most coveted awards is the end of the struggle."

Cole's AP feature by Mark Kennedy included a video component and photo portraits, and has received massive pick-up, from USA Today to ABC News to NY Times to Washington Post to scores of other outlets. Read the full story, here: https://apnews.com/4528cca8b97841f18281e26f417c69ff

ABC NEWS - Associated Press Print feature:
Paula Cole, a best new artist Grammy winner, looks back

USA TODAY - AP Video feature:
Paula Cole: Now making music on her own terms

Billboard Magazine's Andrew Unterberger interviewed Cole for a print edition feature on the Oral History of the 1988 Grammys:

M Music & Musicians Magazine Publisher Merlin David ran an expansive interview with Cole:

Parade Magazine included Cole in a Year-End wrap up of best live bands to see in the new year:

Turning 50 in April 2018, Paula Cole is reflective and grateful, back on tour in support of her acclaimed double-CD ‘Ballads', and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album that put her on the map, ‘This Fire'.

A grounded adult and a woman of substance, Grammy winner Cole is celebrating her re-emergence as a smart, funny, seasoned performer, a mother who took time off to do it right, a daughter who is honoring her father with this current collection, a teacher who is giving something back (as an active Professor at Berklee,) and much more, including running her own label - she's deep but doesn't take herself too seriously, and she's somehow survived the pop star/Lilith scene with solid footing. It's a breath of fresh air in a noisy world, and a reminder that family and community can create a far richer life than the relentless pursuit of celebrity.

In an Entertainment Weekly interview, hit songwriter Justin Tranter said he'd love to write with Paula Cole: "I think it would be really amazing to bring Paula Cole in and see what happens. All those women of the '90s were these brilliant lyricists and melody writers in this classic but edgy way. I would love to see what would happen if Patty Griffin and Paula Cole would come along for a 2018 pop extravaganza."

In interviews, it's clear that Cole's time away from the spotlight has served her well. She's got a sense of her bigger picture now, and can talk with authority, wit and perspective about the ever-evolving music business as easily as she can discuss feminism, gardening, healthy living, parenting, social activism or other such matters. She's a three-dimensional person who has finally found her North Star as she turns 50. 

Whether she's singing her pop/rock smash ‘Where Have All The Cowboys Gone' (from her Best New Artist Grammy-winning album ‘This Fire',) or delivering a riveting jazz/folk cover of ‘Ode to Billy Joe' (from ‘Ballads',) her voice is instantly recognizable - soulful, emotional, comforting, timeless.

Her current U.S. tour features Cole on piano/vocals, Chris Bruce on guitar and Ross Gallagher on upright bass -- a stripped-down format that lets the audience in. Here's a new conversation with Cole, in advance of a sold-out concert in Maine:
Cole's impressive biography speaks for itself - read it here, and see all upcoming tour dates, including visits to Maine, Florida, Colorado, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and more: http://paulacole.com

A sampling of recent tour press follows, and additional coverage of ‘Ballads' (recently praised as "exquisite" by DownBeat Magazine and "a masterpiece" by WFUV,) can be seen by visiting Cole's social media links, below the clips:

WGN-TV Chicago - On-Air Interview and multiple-song performance:

AXS - Syndicated Interview & Video Premiere
By Peter Roche 9/30/17

Cleveland Scene - Interview feature
By Jeff Niesel, 10/9/17 https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/10/09/in-advance-of-her-music-box-supper-club-concert-paula-cole-talks-about-her-new-covers-album

Good Day DC - Fox-TV - Behind-the-scenes ‘anchorwoman footage' of Paula Cole performing ‘I Don't Want to Wait', live, on-air: https://www.facebook.com/HollyMorrisFOX5DC/videos/1659445510753313/

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Paula Cole, a best new artist Grammy winner, looks back

Jan. 19, 2018
AP link includes print, video and photos:

NEW YORK (AP) - Twenty years ago, Paula Cole heard her name called, went up to the stage and took home the Grammy Award for best new artist. It was an amazing achievement on a night that turned out to be quite complicated.
The then-30-year-old met her idol, Aretha Franklin, and sang her hit "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" in front of millions. But she also felt misunderstood and uncomfortable in the spotlight. Cole shocked some people by raising her middle finger and beatboxing during her performance, and triggered jokes for daring to bare armpit hair.
All these years later, that Grammy isn't her favorite accomplishment. That would be her daughter, Sky, now 16. And her fans, who have stayed loyal, funding her last two albums via Kickstarter. Her story is a cautionary one for anyone thinking that winning one of music's most coveted awards solves everything.
Paula Cole on feeling misunderstood and uncomfortable in the spotlight.
"That night was laden and confused and amazing," says Cole, who turns 50 in April. "My career on the other side of that has been definitely different - smaller, humbler, a more authentic career. A more authentic second adulthood, if you will."
The Berklee College of Music-trained Cole is now touring to promote her album "Ballads," a collection of 20 jazz covers primarily from the 1930s-1960s. It honors her dad, a bass player in a polka band, and it also allowed her to go back to her roots.
"I intended to be a jazz singer. That's where I started and my first gigs were in jazz clubs," she says. "I got rerouted because I wanted to write my own songs with my own truths."
Cole went into the Grammy Awards in New York in 1998 as a Lilith Fair veteran with seven nominations from her second album, "This Fire," which contained the hit "I Don't Want to Wait," which became the theme song for "Dawson's Creek."
Her "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" - a wry, ironic study of gender stereotypes - had been incorrectly seen by some as nostalgic and anti-feminist. Her flipping the bird onstage was a sign that she was firmly in satire mode but it also underlined her discomfort that night.
"I was a very dark horse - self-produced, definitely very progressive and left," says Cole, who took home best new artist honors, beating boy band Hanson, singers Fiona Apple and Erykah Badu, and rapper Diddy.
In the aftermath, Cole faced a backlash and her manager complained that sales of her music plummeted. Jay Leno made a Paula Cole doll with rotating armpits to shine his shoes with.
"There was a lot of hate coming down on me after," she says. "All of that attention was ill-fitting for this introvert. And I ebbed away after the Grammys."
Paula Cole on the cost of winning.
Cole took eight years off to raise her daughter, who was born with severe asthma. Cole re-emerged to a changed musical landscape, but with her determination to remain independent intact. She looks back and realizes she probably never really belonged on the Top 40 charts.
"That trajectory that I was on needed to be stopped. This is who I'm meant to be now. I needed to stop and I needed a reset," she says. "I needed to take a hiatus - kind of shed that ill-fitting skin that somehow was created for me."
Cole has returned to the Berklee College of Music in Boston as a voice teacher, offering classes that quickly oversubscribe.
Anne Peckham, who chairs the voice department, calls Cole a beloved teacher who is known for her generosity. Cole even offers her most talented students the chance to open for her when she performs.
"She has a quality about her that really draws people close to her and helps students learn more about themselves," Peckham says. "Can you imagine as a student having a Grammy winner offer to help you in your career by opening up for them?"
Cole says she learns from her students as much as they learn from her. She feels a responsibility to expose them to the pioneers.
"Nourish yourself," she says. "Go back and listen to the masters and honor the masters and be part of the legacy."
One of those masters is Bobbie Gentry, one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. She covers Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" on her new album.
Cole remembers hearing Gentry when she played her parents' albums as a kid, and the more that the adult Cole dug into Gentry's past, the more she found parallels.
Like Cole, Gentry also won the best new artist Grammy and self-produced. Like Cole, Gentry wasn't a fan of the spotlight. "I found out she won best new artist and that she also did not like the attention and found herself in the patriarchal playing fields and withdrew as an introvert. And I relate to all of that."
She hopes to meet Gentry one day. "I'd love to just give her a big hug," Cole says, "and say, ‘Thank you. Thank you for being a mentor to me and to so many.'"

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