Paula Jaakkola

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  • Paula Jaakkola & Ape Anttila LIVE from NYC

    This show was on Nov 23rd, 2014 | 13 people watched
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  • Paula Jaakkola

    This show was on Mar 23rd, 2014 | 15 people watched
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    • Mar 23
      Paula performed very well but there was some sound distortion. Can sound check be done before the webcast?
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Bio

One of the most exciting moments on Holy (Music With Wings), the outstanding debut album from Finland-born, NYC based singer-songwriter, Paula Jaakkola (POW-LUH YOCK-KOE-LUH), is the very first one; the opening song, "In The Light"; a paean to the clarity that surrounds you when love, hard-won, is new and real.

When you press "PLAY," "In The Light" almost knocks the speakers back with... more

One of the most exciting moments on Holy (Music With Wings), the outstanding debut album from Finland-born, NYC based singer-songwriter, Paula Jaakkola (POW-LUH YOCK-KOE-LUH), is the very first one; the opening song, "In The Light"; a paean to the clarity that surrounds you when love, hard-won, is new and real.

When you press "PLAY," "In The Light" almost knocks the speakers back with joy, leaping to your ears like an impatient, newborn colt. It's as though Jaakkola could barely wait to get the music out of her and into the universe. Deftly balancing a winsome, cooing guitar peal against a chugging, surf rock beat, Jaakkola sings to certainty, and to finally seeing:

I’m in the light
Life will never be the same again
In the light
My heart is strong, I trust in
you you you you and
me me me

For Jaakkola, thus, "In The Light," and each song on Holy, represents not only a musical triumph, but a personal one. From beginning to end, the album "is a story of transformation," she states. "I'm trying to figure out who I am, expressing regret and self-growth, and being more in touch with myself and others."

Recorded under the watchful hand of producer Ape Anttlla (AH-pay ahn-TEEL-uh), Holy is thirteen superbly crafted and recorded compositions—"Light"; the anthemic title track; the delicate and angelic "Little Girl"; the wistful "Road"; the sing-songy "Flutter-By"; the smoky, blue "November"; and more. Every song "reflects my moods, my emotions, my feelings, and a love for music and melodies."

And they present the perfect setting for Jaakkola's expressive and melodious singing: Sometimes fierce and defiant; another moment pleading; yet another, descending into a breathy whisper, and, more often than not, all in the same song. Like a colorful autumn leaf one picks up, only to find a completely different hue on the other side, Jaakkola's vocals never fail to surprise. Her crystalline soprano is a big reason why legendary producer and engineer Bob Power was eager to master this independent, unknown artist's first work. He describes her as "a pure singer" with "a beautifully transcendent voice, never limited by genre nor convention." That unwillingness—to be bound by expectations—is reflected in her influences, from Joni Mitchell to Sara Bareilles, Carole King to Regina Spektor, Suzanne Vega to Neil Young. It has served the Helsinki-born Jaakkola well, and it's what makes Holy such a rich and sumptuous aural delight.

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