Venue Address (Get Directions)Center For The Arts of Homer
Date and Time
Saturday, September 21st at 8:00pm
One of the 1990s' best-selling, and most acclaimed, singer-wongwriters makes her debut at the Center for the Arts of Homer on September 21 to kick off the Fall, 2013 concert season. Grammy winner and seven-time Grammy nominee Paula Cole will take the stage at the Center for an 8 pm Saturday show.
In April, Cole released her seventh solo album, entitled Raven, on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records).
With Raven, the singer returns to her storytelling roots. Her songs "Life Goes On" and "Eloise" tell the tales of family, heartache, love; "Sorrow-on-the-Hudson" paints the image of the river as Self--mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic "Strong Beautiful Woman" is Cole's mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven.
Part of a very musical family, Cole studied improvisation and jazz vocals at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she also sang with the gospel choir. She began to write her own music, poetry and prose, and relocated to New York City in 1993.
Her 1996 sophomore release, This Fire, produced two monster hits and achieved double platinum status. Both "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want To Wait" made Billboard's Top 10 in 1997. The latter single stayed on the Hot 100 for forty-six weeks, thanks in part to heavy exposure as the theme song to the hit TV series, Dawson's Creek.
In 1998, Cole was up for Grammy Awards in seven different categories, including Producer of the Year for This Fire, the first time in Grammy history that a woman had earned that nomination. Although she failed to win that prize in '98, she took home the award for Best New Artist. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically-acclaimed albums, Cole has continued to write, produce, record and perform serious and arresting music that defies categorization.
Cole has played before audiences all over the world, opening for artists such as Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan, and as part of the Lilith Fair lineup before she began headlining her own tours in the late '90s. In addition to Gabriel, she has collaborated with Dolly Parton and a host of other artists.
She also gained mass exposure performing on television shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Regis & Kathie Lee, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and has entertained U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf.
She has sold approximately three million albums and her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, and Katherine McPhee, among many others.
Rolling Stone called her “An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice,” and Entertainment Weekly called her“… a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.”
General admission tickets for this special Saturday night performance are $35 for Adults, $30 for Seniors, $15 for Students 18+ with Valid ID and Under 18 are Free. Center members receive a 10 % discount on their admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Bev’s Fashions in Homer, Cortland Beer Company, Origins by Coffee Mania, Sheridan’s Fine Jewelry in Cortland, Ithaca Guitarworks in Ithaca, The Cortland branch of First National Bank of Dryden, and through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling (607) 749-4900.
If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 PM. offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.
Season sponsors for the Center include The Cortland Beer Company, Riehlman, Shafer & Shafer, New York State Council of the Arts, WXHC 101.5 FM, The Cayuga Radio Group, WCNY Public Broadcasting, and the Ramada Inn of Cortland.
The Center for the Arts is located at 72 S. Main St. in downtown Homer on the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off Exit 12 on I-81.