Paula Cole has released the first single off her new album.
Singer-songwriter Paula Cole has the sort of voice that is nearly impossible to forget. It is as if her crystalline sound and sweeping range somehow never ceases to leave you.
On the first single from her upcoming album Ballads -- due Aug. 11 on her own label, 675 Records -- Cole’s pristine voice graces a cover of the famed Billie Holiday song “God Bless the Child.” In the Grammy-winning singer's rendition of the jazz classic, she transforms the song with the sound of a delicate acoustic guitar and her signature smooth vocals. The weightlessness of the track feels as if it could slip through your fingers like the ease of a breeze on a summer afternoon. And though the track is light, the song's immense yearning can be heard in the Cole's powerful voice and the slight somber twang of the guitar.
“God Bless the Child” is the first release off Ballads, Cole’s twenty-song collection featuring American jazz and folk classics from the 1930s-1960s.