Tune in: Live studio session with Holly Cole
Tune in Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. for a live performance by Holly Cole and her band on KPLU, hosted by Abe Beeson. (Listen live >>>)
“Cole’s voice: smoky, though not quite sultry; as sly as it is sexy; and brimming with adventure bordering on recklessness. And it bears an alluring touch of darkness, though it’s not without a mitigating hint of optimism.” - The Wall Street Journal
There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Ms. Cole has a long and storied international career, having sold hundreds of thousands of recordings in the U.S., Japan and Germany. These echo her success at home, including multi-platinum sales awards, three Junos and two Gemini Awards. She takes songs everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents, wrapping her honesty, compassion and sardonic wit around their sometimes-fragile creations. The results are smart, sexy, provocative and never, ever dull. “I look at the essence of a song,” muses Ms. Cole, “If it’s a great lyric I often love to slow it down, explore it, dissect it and deconstruct it. I love to take it apart and then put it back together and look at it in an entirely different way. In the process, it often becomes more evocative. That’s a huge part of my art form, that’s a huge part of what I do.”
Ms. Cole’s last studio recording, her self-titled 8th album was released in February of 2007. The record, co-produced with Greg Cohen, with her new takes on tracks like “Charade” and her first self-penned tune on the record “Larger Than Life”, became a top selling record in Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as a Top Ten airplay record at National Public Radio (NPR) in the U.S.. Ms. Cole’s newest studio recording, Night, features an eclectic mix of material from Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" to Captain Beefheart's "Love Lies" and includes another Cole penned original "You've Got A Secret". Holly will be touring extensively in 2013 with her beloved band, and will be performing material from Night as well as a broad selection of fan favorites from her more than 20-year recording career including "I Can See Clearly Now", "Calling You", and "Make it Go Away". We’re eager for her return to Seattle and Jazz Alley!