Innovative Grammy Award Winner Paula Cole Coming to the Walters Stage this September
Studying at Berklee College of Music, Paula Cole rose to fame in the mid-‘90s with her critically acclaimed debut album Harbinger and work with Peter Gabriel. She became the first woman to be solely Grammy nominated for “Producer of the Year” for her follow-up success This Fire. In 1997, both singles I Don’t Want to Wait and Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? broke the Billboard magazine top 20 charts. She has released nine albums, is now working on her tenth, and has received seven Grammy nominations, winning for “Best New Artist” in 1997.
Celebrating a career that spans over twenty years, Cole is described by Rolling Stone magazine as, “An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice.” Ahead of the release of her new album, Revolution, the Walters Cultural Arts Center is delighted to welcome Paula Cole for an intimate performance featuring selections from her upcoming album, music from her recent Ballads album, and beloved hits.
In this Q & A interview, Cole discusses her songwriting process and what inspires her as an artist.
Could you tell us a little bit about the music on your new album?
Picasso said that artists are the politicians of the future. I admire musical artists who have stepped up to create art as social commentary seeking justice, and I felt called upon to speak out—to not remain silent—about our current state of affairs for my new album Revolution. There is highly personal content, songs that open suffocating silence for me and for women. There is anger, and there is hope for revolution; a love movement.
What would you like your fans to know about your upcoming concert?
I am touring in support of the new album, raising consciousness for my messages, sharing in the shamanic experience that is a concert, loving my fans and the music itself. I’m still here, ten albums deep, making meaningful music, committed as ever to the work.
At this moment in your career, what inspires you as an artist?
I am inspired by the courage and outspokenness and plain honesty I’ve witnessed in Millennials and I hope together we will create a more balanced, respectful society of equanimity.
What do you find most rewarding about live performance?
I love what time has given me—a community between myself and my fans. We share in something inexplicable. It’s so not about me, it’s about all of us.
A truly creative live performer, Paula Cole will hit the Walters stage on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm. Ticket sales for Cole's performance open this month. To receive the 2019-20 Concert Series announcement visit: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts.