Saturday, February 06, 2010


A cantora e compositora Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole ou simplesmente Natalie Cole, nasceu no 6 de fevereiro de 1950, e ao longo de uma bem sucedida carreira musical já faturou oito prêmios Grammy Awards.

É filha do também cantor e compositor Nat King Cole e Maria Cole, ex-cantora da big band de Duke Ellington. Em 1991, gravou o single "Unforgettable" onde a voz de seu pai, remasterizada, foi mixada a sua para simular que os dois, pai e filha, cantavam juntos.

Em junho de 2008, sua assessora de publicidade, Lellie Capwell, divulgou que Natalie foi diagnosticada com Hepatite C e provavelmente contraiu a doença hepática pelo uso de drogas por mais de trinta anos. Segundo foi divulgado também, ela reagiu bem ao tratamento, mas sofreu como consequência "efeitos colaterais significativos" que incluem fadiga, dores musculares e desidratação.

Em sua autobiografia "Angel on My Shoulder", publicada em 2000, ela declarou sua dependência de cocaína, heroína e álcool e que superou essa dependência após uma longa estadia em uma clínica de reabilitação no início dos anos 80.

Em 1971 escreveu o livro "Nat King Cole: An Intimate Biography" em parceria com Louis Robinson. Tem dois irmãos e o tio, pianista e cantor Freddy Cole, que continua na ativa e é muito admirado em todos os circuitos de jazz.

Natalie canta "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Singer, songwriter Natalie Maria Cole, was born on February 6, 1950, in Los Angeles, California the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Cole. Raised in the affluent Hancock Park district of Los Angeles, regarding her childhood, Cole has referred to her family as "the black Kennedys" and was exposed to many great singers of jazz, soul and blues. At the age of six Natalie sang on her father's Christmas album and later began performing at age 11. She achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire toward a more pop and jazz oriented musical style in the early 1990s. She has won nine Grammy Awards.

Her paternal uncle Freddy Cole is a singer and pianist with numerous CDs and awards. Cole was 15 years old and attending an east coast boarding school, the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, when her father died of lung cancer in February 1965. Soon afterwards she began having a difficult relationship with her mother.

Even before she graduated from college, Cole had already began singing on weekends at a small club called "The Pub". She was welcomed on the club circuit in hope of singing her father's music but tried to stay as far from his music as managers would allow. In fact, it was her own style of grit and soul that attracted R&B producers Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy at a nightclub called Mr. Kelley's. This partnership soon took the industry by storm with the release of her first album Inseparable with soul number one hits "This Will Be", and title track "Inseparable.

In 1975 Natalie was awarded a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "This Will Be" and Best New Artist Grammy for the album Inseparable. Her high-power-style was often compared to Aretha Franklin and some critics even referred to her as the new queen of soul.

In 1976 Natalie was again awarded Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Sophisticated Lady" and a 1977 Best Female Vocalist American Music Award for gold certified "I've Got Love on My Mind".

Cole's career paused in the early 1980s as she dealt with her severe drug problems. By 1985, Cole was back in good health, and began a comeback with album Dangerous, released on the Modern label and included hits "A Little Bit Of Heaven" and title track which became a number one dance anthem.

Cole may be best remembered for her 1991 album, Unforgettable ...with Love, featuring her vocal arrangements of her father's greatest hits with piano accompaniment by her uncle Ike Cole. She sang 22 songs from Nat King Cole's collection including "The Very Thought of You", Mona Lisa,Route 66" and with a little help from technology, performed the title song Ünforgettable" as a duet with her father, using her father's original recording. As a single, it reached #14 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart and #10 on the R&B chart, and went gold and the video single six times platinum. The album was also a great success; selling over 7 million copies in the United States alone, and won Cole several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance

CDs recomendados

1991: Unforgettable… with Love
1993: Take a Look

1995: A Celebration of Christmas (com José Carreras e Plácido Domingo)
1997: Stardust
2000: Greatest Hits: Vol. 1
2002: Ask a Woman Who Knows

2006: Leavin'

Fonte - Wikipédia

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