Duncan Sheik is an American singer-songwriter and composer. Finding success as a singer, most notably for his 1996 debut single "Barely Breathing", earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, he expanded to compositions for motion pictures and the Broadway stage, such as the musical Spring Awakening for which he won multiple Tonys and a Grammy. After being raised by both his parents in Montclair, New Jersey and his grandparents in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after graduating from Phillips Academy, Andover in 1988, Sheik studied semiotics at Brown University, moved to Los Angeles. Playing for other artists, including Liz and Lisa, Sheik played on His Boy Elroy's 1993 album through his connections from fellow Brown alum, Tracee Ellis Ross, he is the half–brother of Broadway actress Kacie Sheik. In 1996, Sheik released his self-titled debut album, certified Gold and spawned the #16 peaking hit single, "Barely Breathing", which itself remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-setting 55 consecutive weeks.
The popular track enjoyed Top 20 success on Adult Contemporary radio and topped the Adult Top 40 charts. The song garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 1998, Sheik released an experimental follow-up with string arrangements. In 2001, Sheik released Phantom Moon, a Nick Drake-influenced album, a collaboration with poet and writer Steven Sater; the following year, Sheik released Daylight, a brighter, more modern-sounding album which included the singles, "On A High" and "Half-Life". After a four-year recording break, Sheik released White Limousine in 2006, an album which included companion software on a DVD-ROM to remix individual tracks. In 2008, Sheik was a judge at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards. A year Sheik released Whisper House, a concept album which provided the score for the musical of the same name. In 2011, Sheik released Covers 80's. Concert dates in support of the album were canceled due to Sheik seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. In a message to fans in his tumblr blog, Sheik noted that he had entered a treatment center on the same day his latest album was released and had told his staff, "My record is coming out and I’m checking in."
A remixed version of the album was released the following year. Sheik returned to the studio in 2015 and released a new studio album, titled Legerdemain, in October. In 2004, Sheik composed the score for A Home at the End of the World, composed the score for Through the Fire. In 2012, Sheik wrote Alice By Heart, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, along with collaborator Sater. Directed by Jessie Nelson with musical direction by Lance Horne, the musical was workshopped at the Royal National Theatre and commissioned by the National Theatre Connections. In 2002, Sheik composed original music for the New York Shakespeare Festival production, Twelfth Night. In 2004, Sheik composed the score for A Home at the End of the World, composed the score for Through the Fire. In 2006, Sheik wrote the music for another collaboration with Sater. Written over a period of eight years, the musical, which premiered off-Broadway in New York during the summer, opened on Broadway to critical acclaim in the fall.
Based on the controversial German expressionist play, The Awakening of Spring by Frank Wedekind, the musical won Tony Awards for "Best Orchestration" and "Best Original Score", as well as "Best Musical". The original cast recording album received the Grammy Award in 2008 for "Best Musical Show Album", the guitar that Sheik used to compose songs for the Spring Awakening is on display at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Sheik is composing the music for a feature-film adaptation of Spring Awakening, an adaptation a decade in the making. In 2013, Sheik wrote the music and lyrics to the musical adaptation of American Psycho, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in London, was staged on Broadway in 2016; that same year, Sheik wrote the music for the musical adaptation of the novel Because of Winn-Dixie, which opened at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Dixie was a collaboration with director John Tartaglia and Nell Benjamin, who wrote the book and lyrics; the star is an Irish wolfhound provided by William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc..
If the show moves to Broadway, it will be the first play with a dog as the lead. In 2015, Sheik wrote the musical thriller Noir along with collaborator Kyle Jarrow, which premiered as part of New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse season. Inspired by live radio plays and classic film noir, the musical was directed by Rachel Chavkin. In 1998, Sheik recorded "Embraceable You" for Red Hot + Rhapsody, a George Gershwin tribute to increase AIDS awareness, recorded "Songbird" for another tribute, Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. In 1999, Sheik produced singer/songwriter Micah Green's debut album, as well as his 2012 follow-up. In 2000, Sheik wrote the foreword to The Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for Handling Life's Questions, by Soka Gakkai International leader Daisaku Ikeda. Sheik sang a duet with singer Howard Jones on Jones' single Someone You Need. In 2006, Sheik recorded the song, "A Purple Trail", for Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1. In 2008, Sheik participated in Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace, an initiative to support Tibet, Dalai Lama and Tenzin Gyatso.
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Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones is an American vocalist, songwriter, producer and narrator. Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, pop and jazz. Jones is a two-time Grammy Award winner. Additionally, she was listed at number 30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll in 1999, her album Pirates was number 49 on NPR's list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. Jones was born the third of four children to Richard and Bettye Jones, on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, on November 8, 1954, her paternal grandfather, Frank "Peg Leg" Jones, her grandmother, Myrtle Lee, a dancer, were vaudevillians based in Chicago. A singer and comedian, Peg Leg Jones' routine consisted of playing the ukulele, singing ballads, telling stories. Jones' father, one of four children, was a WWII veteran. A singer, songwriter and trumpet player, her father worked as a waiter, her mother, was raised in orphanages in Ohio with her three brothers until she was old enough to leave.
The family moved to Arizona in 1959, the landscape provided imagery for her early music. She grew up riding horses, studying dance, practicing swimming with her AAU coach before and after school; when she was 10 years old the family moved to Olympia, where her father abandoned them. At 14 and 15, she ran away to her father's in Kansas City, MO. Over the years she has returned to the Puget Sound area to reside and perform. Jones took the GED test and enrolled in college in Tacoma, she moved to California, on her 18th birthday. At 19, Jones played in bars and coffee houses in LA. At the age of 21, Jones began to play in clubs in Venice. Jones played music in showcases, worked with cover bands in clubs, sat in with Venice jazz bands. Nick Mathe, a neighbor, took an interest in Jones' music and helped her get publicity photos with Bonnie Shiftman, at A&M, in their off hours the three of them shot Jones's first photos, she met a piano player and songwriter. Together they wrote "Weasel and the White Boys Cool", "Company" which would appear on Jones' debut album.
By 1977, Jones was performing original material at the Ala Carte Club in Hollywood with Johnson. In 1977, Jones met Tom Waits at The Troubadour after her friend Ivan Ulz’ show in which she had sung her father's song "The Moon is Made of Gold", a few of her own songs. Jones and Waits were lovers at the outset of her career, creating a lifelong association with one another. Jones met Chuck E. Weiss, who would figure prominently in her early career. In early 1978, through the efforts of Ulz, she came to the attention of Dr. John and Little Feat's Lowell George. Ulz introduced Lowell George to Jones' composition "Easy Money" by singing it to him over the telephone. George recorded her song for his first solo record, Thanks, I'll Eat It Here in 1978, it became the only single from George's final record before his death. A four-song demo of material was circulated around the L. A. music scene in 1978, with Emmylou Harris recalling that she had heard an early version of "The Last Chance Texaco" on the demo tape.
The recordings came to the attention of Lenny Waronker and executive at Warner Bros. Records, Tommy LiPuma. Jones was courted by the major labels, after a bidding war, Jones chose Waronker because of his work with Randy Newman, because, she said, she had a vision of standing in his office the moment she saw his name on the back of Newman's Sail Away album. Waronker signed Jones to Warner Bros. for a five-record deal. Work commenced on her debut album, co-produced by Russ Titelman. Rickie Lee Jones was released in March 1979 and became a hit, buoyed by the success of the jazz-flavored single "Chuck E.'s In Love", which hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, featured an accompanying music video. The album, which included guest appearances by Dr. John, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald, went to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and produced another Top 40 hit with "Young Blood" in late 1979. Her appearance – as an unknown – on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 1979, sparked an overnight sensation, she performed "Chuck E.'s in Love" and "Coolsville".
Jones was covered by Time magazine on her first professional show, in Boston, they dubbed her "The Duchess of Coolsville". Touring after the album's release, she played Carnegie Hall on July 22, 1979. Members of her group included native New York guitarist Buzz Feiten, featured on the album and would appear in her recorded works for over a decade. Following a successful world tour, Jones appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the cover image showed Jones posing in a crouched stance, wearing a black bra and a white beret; the announcement of Lowell George's death appeared in the same issue, the largest selling issue in the magazine's history up to that time. Jones secured four nominations at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Chuck E.'s in Love". Before the 1980 ceremony, Jones told her mentor Bob Regher. Changing her mind at the last minute, the two raced to the event just in time for her to walk up and collect her'Best New Artist' trophy, in her leather jacket and boa, signature beret and gloves.
In her acceptance speech, she thanked her lawyers and her accountant, which earned laughter and applause from the audience. In 1980, Francis Ford Coppola asked Jones to collaborat
Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2017, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 45th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 422,331; the Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, suburbs which altogether contain about 3.6 million people, is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest. Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital; the city is abundantly rich in water, with 13 lakes, the Mississippi River and waterfalls. It was once a hub for timber; the city and surrounding region is the primary business center between Seattle. In 2011, Minneapolis proper was home to the fifth-highest number of Fortune 500 headquarters in the United States; as an integral link to the global economy, Minneapolis is categorized as a global city.
Minneapolis has one of the largest LGBT populations in the U. S. proportional to its overall population. Noted for its strong music and performing arts scenes, Minneapolis is home to both the award-winning Guthrie Theater and the historic First Avenue nightclub. Reflecting the region's status as an epicenter of folk and alternative rock music, the city served as the launching pad for several of the 20th century's most influential musicians, including Bob Dylan and Prince. Minneapolis has become noted for its underground and independent hip-hop and rap scenes, producing artists such as Brother Ali and Dessa; the name Minneapolis is attributed to Charles Hoag, the city's first schoolmaster, who combined mni, a Dakota Sioux word for water, polis, the Greek word for city. Descendants of first peoples, Dakota Sioux were the region's sole residents when French explorers arrived in 1680. For a time, amicable relations were based on fur trading. More European-American settlers arrived, competing for game and other resources with the Native Americans.
After the Revolutionary War, Great Britain granted the land east of the Mississippi to the United States. In the early 19th century, the United States acquired land to the west from France in the Louisiana Purchase. Fort Snelling, just south of present-day Minneapolis, was built in 1819 by the United States Army, it attracted traders and merchants, spurring growth in the area. The United States government pressed the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota to sell their land, allowing people arriving from the East to settle there. Preoccupied with the Civil War, the United States government reneged on its promises of cash payments to the Dakota, resulting in hunger, the Dakota War of 1862, internment and hardship; the Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized Minneapolis as a town in 1856, on the Mississippi's west bank. Minneapolis incorporated as a city in 1867, the year rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago, it joined with the east-bank city of St. Anthony in 1872. Minneapolis developed around Saint Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River and a source of power for its early industry.
Forests in northern Minnesota were a valuable resource for the lumber industry, which operated seventeen sawmills on power from the waterfall. By 1871, the west river bank had twenty-three businesses, including flour mills, woolen mills, iron works, a railroad machine shop, mills for cotton, paper and planing wood. Due to the occupational hazards of milling, six local sources of artificial limbs were competing in the prosthetics business by the 1890s; the farmers of the Great Plains grew grain, shipped by rail to the city's 34 flour mills. Millers have used hydropower elsewhere since the 1st century B. C. but the results in Minneapolis between 1880 and 1930 were so remarkable the city has been described as "the greatest direct-drive waterpower center the world has seen." A father of modern milling in America and founder of what became General Mills, Cadwallader C. Washburn converted his business from gristmills to revolutionary technology, including "gradual reduction" processing by steel and porcelain roller mills capable of producing premium-quality pure white flour quickly.
Some ideas were developed by William Dixon Gray and some acquired through industrial espionage from Hungary by William de la Barre. Charles A. Pillsbury and the C. A. Pillsbury Company across the river were a step behind, hiring Washburn employees to use the new methods; the hard red spring wheat that grows in Minnesota became valuable, Minnesota "patent" flour was recognized at the time as the best in the world. Not until did consumers discover the value in the bran that "... Minneapolis flour millers dumped" into the Mississippi. After 1883, a Minneapolis miller started a new industry when he began to sell bran byproduct as animal feed. Millers cultivated relationships with academic scientists at the University of Minnesota; those scientists backed them politically on many issues, such as in the early 20th century when health advocates in the nascent field of nutrition criticized the flour "bleaching" process. At peak production, a single mill at Washburn-Crosby made enough flour for 12 million loaves of bread each day.
Further, by 1895, through the efforts of silent partner William Hood Dunwoody, Washburn-Crosby exported four
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music is a private music college in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, hip hop, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 294 Grammy Awards, more than any other colleges, 95 Latin Grammy Awards. Other notable accolades include 5 Tony Awards and 5 Academy Awards. Since 2012, Berklee College of Music has operated a campus in Valencia, Spain. In December 2015, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory agreed to a merger; the combined institution is known as Berklee, with the conservatory becoming The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In 1945, composer, arranger and MIT graduate Lawrence Berk founded Schillinger House, the precursor to the Berklee School of Music, after quitting his job at Raytheon. Located at 284 Newbury St. in Boston's Back Bay, the school specialized in the Schillinger System of harmony and composition developed by Joseph Schillinger.
Berk had studied with Schillinger. Instrumental lessons and a few classes in traditional theory and arranging were offered. At the time of its founding all music schools focused on classical music, but Schillinger House offered training in jazz and commercial music for radio, theater and dancing. At first, most students were working professional musicians. Many students were former World War II service members who attended under the G. I. Bill. Initial enrollment was fewer than 50 students. In 1954, when the school's curriculum had expanded to include music education classes and more traditional music theory, Berk changed the name to Berklee School of Music, after his 12-year-old son Lee Eliot Berk, to reflect the broader scope of instruction. Lawrence Berk placed great emphasis on learning from practitioners, as opposed to academics, hired working musicians as faculty members. Several of the school's best-known musician-educators arrived after the school's name change. In 1956, trumpeter Herb Pomeroy joined the faculty and remained until his retirement in 1996.
Drummer Alan Dawson and saxophonist Charlie Mariano became faculty members in 1957. Reed player John LaPorta began teaching in 1962. Like many of Berk's ideas, this practice continues into the present. Although far more emphasis is placed on academic credentials among new faculty hires than in the past, experienced performers such as Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Arif Mardin, Aydin Esen, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez have served as faculty over the years. Another trend in the school's history began in the mid-1950s. During this period, the school began to attract international students in greater numbers. For example, Japanese pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi arrived in 1956. Multiple Grammy-winning producer Arif Mardin came from Turkey to study at the school in 1958. In 1957, Berklee initiated the first of many innovative applications of technology to music education with Jazz in the Classroom, a series of LP recordings of student work, accompanied by scores; these albums contain early examples of composing and performing by students who went on to prominent jazz careers, such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Ernie Watts, Alan Broadbent, Sadao Watanabe, many others.
The series, which continued until 1980, was a precursor to subsequent Berklee-affiliated recording labels. These releases provided learning experiences not only for student composers and performers, but for students in newly created majors in music engineering and production, music business and management. Berklee awarded its first bachelor of music degrees in 1966. Members of the first graduating class to receive degrees included Alf Clausen, Stephen Gould and Michael Rendish. Gould taught film scoring at Berklee and is the Program Director for the Educational Leadership PhD program at Lesley University. During the 1960s, the Berklee curriculum began to reflect new developments in popular music, such the rise of rock and roll and funk, jazz-rock fusion. In 1962, Berklee offered the first college-level instrumental major for guitar; the guitar department had nine students, today it is the largest single instrumental major at the college. 1962: Guitarist Jack Petersen accepted an invitation by Lawrence Berk, founder of Berklee, to design and chair the first formal guitar curriculum at Berklee College of Music.
Berk discovered Petersen through his affiliation with the Stan Kenton Band Clinics. Trombonist Phil Wilson joined the faculty in 1965, his student ensemble, the Dues Band, helped introduce current popular music into the ensemble curriculum, as the Rainbow Band, performed world music and jazz fusions. In 1969, new courses in rock and popular music were added to the curriculum, the first offered at the college level; the first college course on jingle writing was offered in 1969. The school became Berklee College of Music in 1970 and bestowed its first honorary doctorate on Duke Ellington in 1971. Vibraphonist Gary Burton joined the faculty in 1971, helping to solidify the place of jazz-rock fusion in the curriculum; as Dean of Curriculum from 1985 to 1996, Burton led the development of several new majors, including music synthesis and songwriting, facilitated the school's transition to technology-based education. Curriculum innovations during the 1970s included the first college-level instrumental major in electric bass guitar in 1973, the first jazz-rock ensemble class in 1974.
In 1979, Berklee founder Lawrence Berk stepped down as president. The board of trustees appointed his son, Lee Eliot Berk, to
Paula Cole is an American singer-songwriter. Her single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997, the following year she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her song "I Don't Want to Wait" was used as the theme song of the television show Dawson's Creek. Cole was raised in Massachusetts, she attended Rockport High School, where she was president of her senior class and performed in school theatrical productions such as South Pacific. Cole attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied jazz singing and improvisation, she decided to turn it down. In June 2002, Cole married fellow musician Hassan Hakmoun, whom she had met on the Peter Gabriel “Secret World Live” tour in 1994; the couple divorced in 2007. They have one daughter Sky, born in 2002 Cole got her first big professional break when she was invited to perform on Peter Gabriel's 1993–94 Secret World Live tour. Shortly after this, she was signed on with her first record company Imago Records.
Through this record company, she released her first album Harbinger in 1994. Within that year of Harbinger's release, Imago Records went out of business. In 1995, she was signed on to Warner Bros. Records; the record company reissued Harbinger in the autumn of 1995. To replace Sinead O'Connor who left the tour, Cole joined the two last legs of Peter Gabriel's 1993–94 Secret World tour. A video of the tour was released as Secret World Live, with Cole covering all the primary female vocals and featured in duets with Gabriel the song "Don't Give Up" on which she sang the part that Kate Bush recorded with Gabriel in 1986; the film received the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. Cole was the main female vocalist on Secret World Live, the audio album documenting the tour; the tour gave Cole international exposure as well as experience performing on a large stage. Cole released Harbinger, in 1994 with Imago Records, she appeared with Melissa Etheridge to sing a duet on VH1. Harbinger featured songs dwelling on Cole's personal thoughts on unhappiness.
The songs were driven and bleak. The accompanying artwork featured photographs of Cole with a boyishly short haircut, wearing loose fitting black sweatclothes, combat boots and nose ring; the Imago label folded and promotion of Harbinger was limited, affecting its sales. A single, "I Am So Ordinary", was released with a black and white video that reflected the album's artwork. In late 1996, Cole released her second album on Warner Bros. Records, This Fire, self-produced; the album's debut single, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?", went to No. 8 on Billboard magazine's pop chart. The follow-up single "I Don't Want to Wait" reached No. 11, its popularity bolstered by its use as the theme song for the hit teen drama series Dawson's Creek which debuted over a year after the album. The single "Me" was released as a radio-only single; the title "Hush, Hush", a duet with Peter Gabriel, talks about AIDS and about a young man dying in his father's comforting arms. "Feelin' Love" was a single, included on the soundtrack to City of Angels.
Cole toured with Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair. Cole was nominated for several Grammy Awards in 1997. Among them was "Producer of the Year". Cole took a hiatus to raise Sky. In 1999 Cole released Amen with the newly formed "Paula Cole Band"; the album's debut single "I Believe In Love" was not a success but was remixed by producer Jonathan Peters into a successful dance song. The album which had guest appearances by DJ Premier and long-time Cole fan Tionne Watkins featured some R&B and hip-hop influences but failed to match the success of This Fire. A fourth album was recorded with Hugh Padgham but the label refused to release it, she recorded a song called "It's My Life" during these sessions, which can be heard in Mercury automobile commercials. Cole made a home recording of a song protesting President Bush and the Iraq War titled "My Hero, Mr. President!", which she posted publicly on her website. Cole returned in June 2007 with her fourth studio album Courage, released on Decca Records and produced by Bobby Colomby at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Cole's fifth studio album, was released September 21, 2010. She co-produced all of the songs on the album. Cole says it "represents that inner fortitude and the journey I've been on."Raven is Cole's sixth studio album. It was funded by a Kickstarter campaign which ran from September 22, 2012 to October 29, 2012 and raised $75,258; the album was released on April 2013 on her 675 label. Cole wrote the 11 songs on the album including two from early in her career, "Imaginary Man" and "Manitoba", her mother had saved these songs on cassette tapes. Most of the album was recorded in one week at a barn in Massachusetts; the musicians included co-producer/drummer Ben Wittman, guitarist Kevin Barry and bassist Tony Levin. She has worked with Wittman and Barry since she was 19. 7 is Cole's seventh studio album released on March 23, 2015 via Cole's official Website/store and to other digital music outlets
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity interviews, musical and comedy performances. Late Night aired weeknights at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central and 12:37 am Mountain in the United States. From 1993 until 2000, Andy Richter served as O'Brien's sidekick; the show's house musical act was The Max Weinberg 7, led by E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. The second incarnation of NBC's Late Night franchise, O'Brien's program debuted in 1993 after David Letterman moved to CBS to host Late Show opposite The Tonight Show. In 2004, as part of a deal to secure a new contract, NBC announced that O'Brien would leave Late Night in 2009 to succeed Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon began hosting his version of Late Night on March 2, 2009. Upon Johnny Carson's retirement from The Tonight Show in 1992, executives at NBC announced that Carson's frequent guest-host Jay Leno would be Carson's replacement, not David Letterman.
NBC said that Letterman's high ratings for Late Night were the reason they kept him where he was. Letterman was bitterly angry at not having been given The Tonight Show job. CBS signed Letterman to host his own show opposite The Tonight Show. Letterman moved his show to CBS unchanged, taking most of the staff and comedy formats with him. However, NBC owned the rights to the Late Night name, forcing Letterman to re-christen his show Late Show with David Letterman. NBC was not prepared to replace both Late Night. Aside from the name, it needed to build a new show. Both Dana Carvey and Garry Shandling declined to host it. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels was brought in to develop the new show, comedians Jon Stewart, Drew Carey, Paul Provenza auditioned to host. Michaels suggested to Conan O'Brien, an unknown writer for The Simpsons and former writer for Saturday Night Live, that he should audition for the job. Despite having "about 40 seconds" of television-performance experience as an occasional extra on Saturday Night Live sketches, O'Brien auditioned for the show on April 13, 1993.
His guests were Jason Alexander and Mimi Rogers, the audition took place on the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. NBC offered the show to O'Brien on April 26, O'Brien made his first meaningful television appearance that day when Leno introduced him on Tonight. On the final episode of his 16-year run, O'Brien stated that he "owed his career to Lorne Michaels." O'Brien's Late Night debuted with Andy Richter chosen as O'Brien's sidekick. The premiere episode featured John Goodman, who received a "First Guest" medal for his appearance, Drew Barrymore, Tony Randall; the episode featured a cold open of O'Brien's walk to the studio with constant reminders that he was expected to live up to Letterman. After seeming to be unaffected by the comments, O'Brien arrives at his dressing room and cheerfully prepares to hang himself. However, a warning that the show is about to start causes him to abandon his plans; the show's first musical guest was English rock band Radiohead, who performed during the second episode.
American singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman was the show's second musical guest. O'Brien's inexperience was apparent, the show was considered mediocre by critics in terms of hosting; the Chicago Sun-Times' Lon Grankhe called O'Brien "nervous and geeky", Tom Shales wrote "As for O'Brien, the young man is a living collage of annoying nervous habits. He titters, jiggles about and fiddles with his cuffs, he has beady little eyes like a rabbit. He's one of the whitest white men ever." The originality and quality of the comedy, led by original head writer Robert Smigel, was praised. Although O'Brien benefited by comparison from the quick critical and commercial failure of the fellow new late-night The Chevy Chase Show, NBC only offered short-term contracts, 13 weeks at a time and once for six weeks, as reported by the press at the time. O'Brien was almost fired at least once in this period, but NBC had no one to replace him. According to Smigel, "We were canceled at Conan, they changed their minds in August of'94, gave us a reprieve."
According to O'Brien, NBC network executive Warren Littlefield told him, with regard to Andy Richter, he'd "never succeed until I'got rid of that big fat dildo.' That was the tone of the conversations between us and the network." It was expected that the host of Talk Soup, Greg Kinnear would take over the role, but Kinnear turned down the opportunity and decided to pursue a career in acting. Stars like Tom Hanks agreed to appear on Late Night. Letterman, who admired O'Brien's comic sensibility, appeared as a guest to register his support. O'Brien's performance style improved through experience, he began to receive more favorable reviews and ratings the following year. With the ratings improving over the course of two years, Late Night reached a new level of critical and commercial success in 1996. Tom Shales recanted his previous critical review with the headline "I was wrong", O'Brien received his first Emmy nomination for writing, since which he has gone on to receive every year. In 2000, Richter