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Event Archive - Paula Cole, Mandy Moore

Sun. August 19th 2007 The Commodore Ballroom (No Minors)
8pm doors at 7pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations
Presented by: Live Nation
on sale fri 7/27 @ 10am

Born the daughter of musicians in Rockport, Massachusetts, Paula Cole grew up singing for fun; American songbooks, traditional folksongs, Christmas carols, a capella harmonies. While finding kindred spirits in records, she became a fixture in her school musicals, which catapulted her toward a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied jazz singing and improvisation.

In 1993, Peter Gabriel asked her to join his Secret World Tour, after hearing Cole's Imago debut, "Harbinger." Throughout 1994-6, Cole toured America extensively, building a foundation of support that then embraced her 1997 album "This Fire." It became a breakthrough smash yielding the hits, "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want to Wait" (which was used as the theme song to the hit WB show Dawson's Creek), and the 1997 Grammy win for Best New Artist.

With Courage, her first album since 1999, she has created her finest album: tender, tough, older, wiser… Cole steers her way through the manifold experiences of an adult American woman who has seen much, lost much, gained much, and yet has regained her innocence. It feels like the work of a woman who is in the right place at the right time.

Mandy Moore’s new album, Wild Hope was co-written with such song writers as Lori McKenna, the Weepies, Rachael Yamagata and a slew of other critically acclaimed singer-songwriters. Recorded at Allaire Studios and produced by John Alagia, the man behind the boards on John Mayer’s 2001 debut "Room for Squares', Wild Hope was released this past June.

In one sense, Moore's album is a collection of songs -- completed and compiled over a lengthy period of time, a project on which a pop artist lavishes overwhelming amounts of her energy, conviction, attention, and heart -- such as appears regularly in the ever-ongoing pop-music marketplace.

The biggest difference with the collection of songs on Wild Hope, Moore says, is that this time the words she sings are her own. By this point, Mandy Moore talks about the art of songwriting with the depth of appreciation and experience of an old pro: "There's nothing better than finishing a song, and being happy with it, knowing that I nailed it and confident that it was completely what I wanted to say."


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