Paula Cole, Lucy Kaplansky to perform at Fairfield University

Once the most buzzed about female artist of the mid-90s, Paula Cole enjoyed multi-platinum record sales, a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and massive exposure for her single, “I Don’t Want To Wait,” the theme song to the hit teen drama series, “Dawson’s Creek.”

While the pop singer was grateful for the success, it was “ill-fitting for an introvert like myself.”

So much so, that she spent the seven years after the release of her third LP, “Amen,” in hibernation.

But in 2007, Cole re-emerged, taking a career path less traveled: singing to a smaller, loyal fan base and making music on her own terms.

“I found I have a more authentic career now,” said Cole, who performs at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. “It’s more humbling.”

Cole will be joined by New York City folk singer Lucy Kaplansky, who will open the concert.

One of the many female singers to rise to prominence the mid-1990s, Cole experienced breakout success with her platinum-selling album, “This Fire.” The album produced the hit singles “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

But “Amen,” her next album, failed to match that success. She took a break for the next seven years to raise her daughter, before returning in 2007 with “Courage.” The 44-year-old singer is currently working on a new album that is more in “the personal singer/songwriter vein that I was in on ‘Harbinger,'” her debut LP, Cole said.

“I’m in my new groove now, and it’s healthy,” she added. “It feels much more self-made.”

Scott Gargan