This association created a favorable atmosphere for the release of her debut album Harbinger (1994) the following year, but the advantage was ultimately sabotaged by the dissolution of Imago shortly after its release -- a resulting lack of promotional support ensuring that neither the album nor its single I Am So Ordinary made a particularly strong public impact.
For her second album This Fire (1996) Cole found herself in the clutches of Warner Brothers, the rapacious conglomerate having stepped in to assume control of Imago in the aftermath its collapse.
Wednesday 10/08/1997 Singer-songwriter Paula Cole performs "I Don't Wanna Wait" and describes the difference between her two albums, the challenges of being a woman in the music industry, and her turn away from jazz to songwriting.
The 47-year-old singer allegedly 'had to fight Warner Bros.
"That wasn't a happy equation for my daughter (11-year-old Sky), raising her on my own in New York," Cole said. Two of those -- the explosive "Imaginary Man" (written in 1991) and fiery "Manitoba" -- were, Cole related, rescued from obscurity because "my mom was thoughtful in archiving it properly." Cole has backstories for every song.
"I wanted to come back to my family, with such wonderful family at that. Among them, "Eloise" was resurrected after she originally wrote it for Solomon Burke.
"I can't help it," she said about the emotional investment to her craft. And I've had my ups and downs and I'm committed to the music.
I just met Wendy Williams at her show earlier today — she was amazing!
Paula: Well, right off the bat, “The Hard Way” and “Waiting on a Miracle” are both tracks that stand out to me. Oh and Amy Lee, from Evanescence is amazing, her voice is so real.
A post-college period spent working as a hired musician and composing her own songs eventually culminated in a 1992 record deal with Imago Records, the independent label that was also home to Aimee Mann, John Waite and Henry Rollins.
It was at this time that she came to the attention of Peter Gabriel, who was seeking someone to fill the gap created by Sinead O'Connor's sudden departure from his Secret World touring band; impressed by her vocal abilities, Gabriel chose Cole for the position despite her unknown status, abruptly giving the young singer an international audience (her performances later receiving even wider exposure through Gabriel's double CD and video Secret World Live, 1994).
It’s just one of those things that happened in my life that will always be amazing to me.