Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole premieres the video for “Eloise,” the first single from her forthcoming album Raven, on USA Today.com.
The “haunting” song is “a story of jealousy and infidelity told in verbal shadows and snapshots” (- USA Today) which the video aptly captures by re-editing footage from old public-domain filmes, “one of them literally came from a film called Jealousy,” explains Paula. “It was about how a woman is supposed to be so faithful and wonderful in her marriage, as is a man, and it showed the man kind of coming apart and her thinking about straying. Those images were perfect. These are little snapshots of America that illustrated the narrative so perfectly.”
Raven, her first independent release, arrives twenty years after Paula debuted on tour with Peter Gabriel and recorded her debut Harbinger. The album marks a departure from major and independent labels for Paula, but she’s always been a fiercely independent artist throughout her career. Her sophomore album This Fire, released on Warner Bros Records in 1996, was entirely self-produced (she was nominated for a Grammy for Producer of the Year, the first solo woman). And it produced the two breakout Billboard charting hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (#8 on the Billboard Hot 100) and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” its popularity furthered by its use as the theme song for the WB hit series “Dawson’s Creek”. The following year she won a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” And that same year on tour with Sarah McLachlan in 1996, helped to launch the inaugural Lilith Fair concept/tour.
After nearly a decade off to raise her daughter (she was diagnosed with severe asthma as an infant), Paula returned to music in 2007 with “Courage” and 2010 with Ithaca, both on Decca Records. Her forthcoming album, “Raven,” takes flight with support from her loyal fanbase, she turned to fan-funding via Kickstarter and achieved 150% of her goal.
Raven will be released April 23rd on 675 Records with distribution through UFO (United for Opportunity).
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