Paula Cole Covers Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child': Exclusive

Paula Cole
Tim Llewellyn 

Paula Cole

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. 

Listen to “God Bless the Child” below and pre-order Ballads on her site.

Paula Cole Tour Dates

Jun 3 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery Atlanta

Jun 19 - New York, NY - City Winery

Jun 30 - East Hampton, NY - Guild Hall

Jul 6 - Carlsbad, CA - Museum of Making Music

Jul 7 - Santa Monica, CA - McCabe’s

Jul 8 - Santa Barbara, CA - Lobero Theatre

Jul 28 - Rockport, MA - Shalin Liu Performance Center

Aug 11 - West Kingston, RI - Courthouse Center For The Arts

Aug 12 - Rockport, MA - Shalin Liu Performance Center

Aug 13 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall

Oct 11 – Evanston, IL – SPACE

Oct 12 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club

Oct 13 – Monroe, MI – La-Z-Boy Center

Oct 14 – Saugatuck, MI – Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Oct 19 – North Bethesda, MD – AMP by Strathmore

Oct 20 – New York, NY – City Winery

Oct 26 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s

Oct 27 – Kirkland, WA – Kirkland PAC

Oct 28 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre

Oct 29 – Bremerton, WA – Admiral Theatre

Dec 16 – Natick, MA – The Center for the Arts in Natick