Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Cassandra Cole doesn’t ask for your attention; she demands it. Her diverse tonal palette and classic vocal stylings are reassuringly relevant. Influenced by life’s unique perfume of people and place, Cole’s music traces the temperature of her own physical journey. From sun-drenched Californian plains to blizzard-misty Minnesotan highways, her voice joins up every temperature in-between like an enchanting map of musical waypoints. As a child, Cole would drift away in records of crackly escapist wonder. If Garland and Holiday set the foundations, Sheeran and Apple provided the scaffold for her own musical development. As a result, her songwriting is an eclectic blend of melodic soulfulness and modern edge. Being a mother of two sets of twins it can be easy to lose oneself and lose focus. But not so Cole. Instead, she uses her gritty, grounded and often complex life as a way of gripping the audience-from first bar to second encore. Cole tries to make her music representative of herself and her generation. She loves the places that most people don’t give a second glance. Simply put: if life is a rich tapestry, Cassandra Cole’s music allows you to feel each thread.
- Rachel Hill
- Laurie Henry