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      October 26, 2017

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      510 Embarcadero West
      Oakland, California 94607

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      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 1930s to the 1960s. 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 weve not yet heard.Start pouring the fine wine. Some things get better with age.Paula Cole is the voice behind Peter Gabriels Secret World Live, hits Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?, I Dont 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 womans perspective; of social justice. 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 searchers spirit. Recently Paula is celebrating the 20th 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 20th 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, Coles Harbinger debuted in 1994 to critical acclaim. She toured non-stop and released her second album, 1997s This Fire for which she won the Grammy for Best New Artist along with seven nominations. Cole led the pack at Lilith Fairs 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. Coles 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 StoneA Fantastic Artist Herbie HancockPaula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it Peter Gabriel

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