We had the privilege of meeting Paula on the Melissa Etheridge cruise and where there was once love there is now complete adoration. She walks the walk and talks the talk of a woman who has not only succeeded in this crazy business but has remained true to herself. That self, as we were fortunate to learn, is a giving, open and honest artist who cares so deeply about the music that nothing else matters. 

As a side note, and yet another reason why she is perfect for the Girls Rising stage, Cole was nominated for several Grammy Awards in 1997. Among them was "Producer of the Year" (Cole was the third woman to ever be nominated in this category after Janet Jackson in 1990 and Mariah Carey in 1992); she did not win, but she did go on to win "Best New Artist" that same year.