Singer, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole has proven to be one of the most beloved performers of all time with nine GRAMMY awards. She rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, “Inseparable,” earning her a No. 1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” and two GRAMMY awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. More hit singles followed, and, in 1987, she released “Dangerous,” which sold over two million copies in the U.S. and garnered her three hit singles.
In 1991, Natalie Cole took a bold leap that would change her life and career forever. Already a highly successful R&B artist, she recorded “Unforgettable… With Love,” an album of standards from the American Songbook that included a virtual duet with her late father – Nat King Cole – on the title track. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, earned six GRAMMY awards and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
Cole’s latest album, “Still Unforgettable,” was released in September 2008 garnering her two more GRAMMY awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalist. It also earned Cole a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist. While recording the album, Cole was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C during a routine examination. The infection likely resulted from IV drug use many decades ago, which she documented in her autobiography, Angel On My Shoulder (2000).
She is a spokesperson for the United Kidney Research Organization.
Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015.
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