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Interview:
Paula Cole asking fans to finance next album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Fifteen years ago Paula Cole was on fire, thanks to a pair of hit singles -- "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" and "Dawson's Creek" theme "I Don't Want to Wait" -- and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Cole says she needs "another five years" to have full perspective on that time, but she considers that moment in the spotlight something of anomaly in her musical career.

"I'm grateful for those songs, but...I'm more than those hits, more than what happened in the 90s," the Massachusetts-born singer-songwriter explains. "I feel like I've been compartmentalized somewhere in most people's brains, and I feel a need to be known more for the content of my character and my catalog than just that year or so."

Cole, 44, has released three more albums since then -- with a mid-90s hiatus to focus on her daughter, Sky, who's now 10 years old -- and she's working on a new one now. But after spending 16 years with standard record companies, she's going on her own for the upcoming "Raven," funding it through a Kickstarter campaign and via direct appeals to fans. So far Cole says the project is more than 60 percent paid for, and she' optimistic about reaching her goal before the Oct. 29 cut-off.

"I'm new at this, at being more entreprenurial, but it's very exciting she says. "It suits me now. It suits my second career. It suits even my introversion. I'd rather do it myself, on a maller level and a more direct level to my fans, to my folks.

"I call them my folks, and I actuall love them very much -- I know that sounds like something Michael Jackson would say, but I do. I care about them, and I think they really care about me. So to do (the album) this way, it's really honest and heartfelt. It gives me the kind of freedom I really want and cherish."

Paula Cole performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $25. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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