Holly Cole has just released her first studio album in 5 years, appropriately titled Holly.
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cole grew up surrounded by music: her parents are classical players, her brother is a composer and jazz artist, her uncle sang and acted on Broadway, and her grandfather played country & western accordion.
In her mid-teens she discovered the music of Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins and Betty Carter, and for a long time listened exclusively to jazz. In 1983, Cole resettled in Toronto and founded the Holly Cole Trio. She's since made a career of songwriting and sultry interpretations of the music of contemporary artists like Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and Lyle Lovett.