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Natalie Cole overcomes adversity and returns to the stage with soul

caines | 1/24/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Singer rocks South FL and prepares for new CD release

Natalie Cole may be the daughter of the late, great crooner Nat King Cole, but she has earned her own stripes in the world of R&B, picking up six Grammys and scoring big with plenty of platinum-selling records. And because of her famous father shes had musical godparents and mentors that include entertainment legends like Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis, Jr., and of course her dad. But life hasnt been all roses for Cole, now 62. Her father died when she was quite young and she recently lost her sister and motherall three to cancer. Shes also had to face life in recent years with hepatitis C, undergone a kidney transplant and courageously battled a longtime drug addiction. She chronicles her victories and her failures in her book, Love Brought Me Back and in an autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder. Some believed that her best days were behind her and that Natalie Cole would never make it back to the stage. But perhaps they were unaware of her strong faith, her positive attitude and the many friends whose love would continue to embrace her in her moments of doubt. Cole has returned to the stage with a vengeance and with that special voice for which she has become famous around the world. And for soul music that warms the hearts of lovers and make you want to jump to your feet to do the shing-a-ling or the funky four corners, Cole can still deliver. During her concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts last Tuesday, she belted out audience favorites: This Will Be, Ive Got Love on My Mind, Our Love, Mr. Melody and her greatest hit, Unforgettable, which she originally recorded with her fathers voice as a duet. Cole will release a new CD of music sung in Spanish this spring. And shes touring the country healthier, happier and as vibrant as ever. She is truly unforgettable. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com