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Grammy-winning singer Paula Cole returns to Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on April 7

Grammy-winning singer Paula Cole returns to Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on April 7
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From a press release:

Grammy winner and multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Paula Cole will return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $28, can be purchased on the Opera House website, by calling 570-325-0249, and by visiting SoundCheck Records (23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe) or calling them at 570-325-4009. The facility (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe) is open from noon-5 p.m. on show days, and tickets are available for most shows at the door at showtime. Parking is available and free after 5 p.m. at the Carbon County lot behind the train station.

Grammy-winning solo artist, mother, and activist Paula Cole has released seven solo albums of original songs, spanning a 20+ year career. Cole has performed with icons in many genres of music, from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock to Emmylou Harris, and Amy Lee of Evanescence to Burt Bacharach. Her emotionally deep, thrilling performances and her poetic, fierce, and intelligent writing makes Cole a primary color against pastels. Her compositions have been covered by a diverse range of artists (Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee, and JoJo), and she has sold approximately three million albums.

From the small town of Rockport, Massachusetts, Cole was raised in a musical family (her father Jim Cole was a professional bass player), with whom she and her daughter Sky remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, receiving her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and she has collaborated with many artists of extremely diverse backgrounds. Cole teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows.

As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her 1996 album “This Fire,” Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her Top 10 hits of the 1990s to her more recent, critically acclaimed albums, Cole continues to write, produce, record, and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.

Last year, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of “This Fire,” her double-platinum sophomore effort released on Warner Bros Records. The entirely self-produced record garnered two breakout Billboard charting hits, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” and was nominated for seven awards at the 40th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Album, “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Cole was also nominated for Producer of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Rolling Stone called her “an extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice,” and Peter Gabriel said, “Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.”