Paula Cole

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": female vocalists singer-songwriter pop alternative rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia


5 April 1968, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA. Singer-songwriter Cole launched her career with the spirited, persuasive Harbinger set for Imago Records in July 1994. Among several notable tracks was the high-impact single, ‘I Am So Ordinary’, which forcefully dealt with Cole’s low self-esteem problems. However, its potential impact was scuppered when Imago lost its distribution contract with BMG - the same problem befalling fellow label artists Henry Rollins and Aimee Mann. Eventually she moved to a new contract with Warner Brothers Records, though the Imago imprint remained on future releases. Harbinger was re-released by Warners in July 1995, but the sales returns remained modest.

Speaking of her first full effort for her new home, 1996’s This Fire, Cole told the music press: ‘I think this album is an emergence of self. Harbinger was written with an adolescent point of view. But now I don’t have to be so...

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