Paula Cole

Singer/songwriter Paula Cole

found success in 1997 with songs chronicling modern male-female

relationships and impassioned concert performances.

She was born April 5, 1968, in Rockport, Mass., to a polka bandmember

father and an artist mother. Cole graduated high school as class president

and homecoming queen and attended the Berklee College of Music.

After attracting fans in New York coffeehouses, Cole issued her debut,

Harbinger (1994), which suffered distribution problems. Since then

she has toured with Peter

Gabriel and has opened shows for

COLOR=#003163">Sarah McLachlan and

COLOR=#003163">Melissa Etheridge.

This Fire (1997) was a critical and commercial success. It spawned

the top-10 hit "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" and the #11 ballad "I

Don't Want to Wait" (

HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/Cole,_Paula/I_Dont_Want_To_Wait.ra

m">RealAudio excerpt), which is also the theme to the television

show "Dawson's Creek."

Cole has also played on the Lilith Fair and the H.O.R.D.E. tour. In 1998 she

received the Best New Artist Grammy. The following year, Cole issued her

third LP, Amen.

Other birthdays Wednesday: David LaFlamme (It's a Beautiful Day), 59; and Agnetha Fältskog (Abba), 50.