Paula Cole – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – October 28th, 2017

Paula Cole

Paula Cole

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR


This event is all ages

Paula Cole
Paula Cole
“It is truly my time now, at 50.” – Paula Cole.

More beautiful than ever, in a twenty-plus- year-career, Paula Cole releases

“Ballads”, a twenty-song collection of American jazz and folk classics from the

1930’s to the 1960’s. It is dedicated to her father, Jim Cole.

Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly 50 years of age, to pay

homage to her first love of jazz and folk. A self-described “mother and human being

first” Cole is a timeless voice not only in song, but for those who have felt pain, and

who still stand shining light, against all odds. With a voice that is big, rich and

gorgeous, a mind that is intelligent, and a heart that transforms suffering into

beauty, Paula Cole sings for our enlightenment, for our souls.

“Ballads” is a journey to Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan, to John Coltrane and Nina

Simone, to Bobbie Gentry and Nancy Wilson, sung by a stunning Paula Cole we’ve

not yet heard.

Start pouring the fine wine. Some things get better with age.

Paula Cole is the voice behind Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live”, hits “Where Have

All The Cowboys Gone?”, “I Don’t Want To Wait”, and the brave, brazen double

platinum album, “This Fire”. Cole has infused wit and poetry in seven albums of

original work over a twenty-plus- year-career. In performance, Cole gives of herself

to such a degree that she elicits tears and gasps and goose bumps from audiences.

In her lyrics, she writes of inner life, of redemption, a woman’s perspective; of social


As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer

Grammy nomination for her work, “This Fire”, Cole broke boundaries with a

searcher’s spirit. Recently Paula is celebrating the 20 th anniversary of “This Fire”,

and will be performing “This Fire” in its entirety at select concerts. She has released

a new video of “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”, and a 20 th anniversary-

memento-live album entitled, “This Bright Red Feeling”.

From a small town Rockport, Massachusetts, Paula was raised in a musical family,

learning standards that would eventually become “Ballads”. She attended Berklee

College of Music as a jazz singer, graduated in 1990, fervently writing and recording

her original work. In 1993, Peter Gabriel heard her then-unreleased debut album

“Harbinger” and invited Cole to join his “Secret World Live” tour. While touring

internationally with Gabriel, Cole’s “Harbinger” debuted in 1994 to critical acclaim.

She toured non-stop and released her second album, 1997’s “This Fire” for which

she won the Grammy for Best New Artist along with seven nominations. Cole led

the pack at Lilith Fair’s opening years, and in 1999, followed her muse to release

“Amen”, a genre-crossing, social-spiritual album to diverse audiences.

After a seven-year hiatus to raise her daughter Sky, who battled childhood asthma,

Cole returned to her “second, more authentic career” releasing five more albums,

“Courage” (2007), “Ithaca” (2010), “Raven” (2013), “7” (2015), and “This Bright Red

Feeling” (2016), touring consistently over the last decade.

Cole walks her path with her fans, writing out her life, sharing her connection at

concerts and over social media. Cole’s compositions have been covered by a diverse

range of artists (jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, JoJo,

hip-hop duo THEY), she has sold approximately three million albums, performed

with icons such as Peter Gabriel, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris;

Amy Lee of Evanescence, Burt Bacharach, Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, and

currently has over four hundred thousand monthly listeners on Spotify. With a loyal

fan base who appreciate the depth of her catalog, the loving artist-fan relationship,

and the wisdom earned through pain, tears and joy, Cole is proud to go

independently on her own label, 675 Records.

Cole is now Professor at her alma mater Berklee College of Music, between tours

and albums.

She continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting

music that defies categorization.

“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone

“A Fantastic Artist” – Herbie Hancock

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

Peter Gabriel