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
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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" (
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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.