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Natalie Cole

Natalie Maria Cole, the daughter of R&B legend Nat King Cole, was born on February 6, 1950, in Los Angeles, California. She has followed in her father’s footsteps to become one of the most heard-of R&B, soul and pop musicians of all time. An acclaimed, singer, songwriter and pianist, Cole has been active as an accomplished musician since the mid-1950s. Given all the necessary provisions a child can ask for, Cole has an Undergraduate Degree in Child Psychology after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. Having been recognized for a reformed voice in the R&B scheme of music, Cole has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards since 1976, including awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Vocal Pop Album.

Cole began singing as early as the age of 6, when she performed as a backing vocalist on her father’s Christmas album. After graduation, she would perform in various clubs, most of whom would let her perform due to her affiliation with Nat King Cole. It was in one of the Chicago clubs where producers, Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy noticed Cole perform and were impressed by her soulful voice. In the next few months, Cole would work on several tracks with Jackson and Yancy in Los Angeles, furnishing the compositions which came out in 1975 in the form of Cole’s first album, Inseperable. Two tracks on the album, namely “This Will Be” and “Inseparable” became instant hits, topping the billboard charts at number 1. Cole also won Grammy awards for both songs. Cole was now reaching new heights in her career, and only a year later, released her second album, Natalie (1976). Like the album preceding it, Natalie became a top charter with songs like “Sophisticated Lady” and “Mr. Melody” becoming very popular with the fans. Cole’s decision to include Jazz and Funk elements in to the groovy context of the album worked out well, and was appreciated by her audience. This did not even come close to what Cole had imagined to be her career, as she next released her first platinum album,