Posted on: June 5th, 2018 11:19 am
When Natalie Cole’s seminal Unforgettable…With Love came out in 1991, the jazz collection set a new standard for reinventing the Great American Songbook. The CD, which captured six Grammys®, including Album and Record Of The Year, spent five weeks at No. 1 and sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone.
“Timing is everything, and I wasn’t in a hurry to make this kind of a record right away,” Cole says. “Something about now just seemed the right time. There is never a guarantee of success when you are ready to put out a record—especially one like this. You have to go with your gut, but I didn’t want to be shamelessly chasing after the success of Unforgettable…With Love, so I waited.”
Before she captured 1975’s Best New Artist Grammy®, Cole appealed to fans and critics alike with her versatility as an R&B, pop and jazz singer of the first order. Her canon includes such No. 1’s as “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” “Inseparable,” “Our Love,” “I’ve Got Love On My Mind,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Miss You Like Crazy.” The eight-time Grammy winner continues to astonish with her vocal dexterity and her intimate, knowing way with a lyric and melody.
Those talents will be on display as Cole continues to tour to promote Still Unforgettable: “I still love recording and still love the stage, but like my Dad, I have the most fun when I am in front of that glorious orchestra or that kick-butt Big Band.”
And like so many of her fans, she finds the beauty in these songs and a mystique that is missing from much of contemporary music. “Many songwriters these days seem to feel that they have to tell it all,” she says. “They don’t allow the audience to imagine. Everything is so graphic-there is no mystery.”
“Conversely, the songs on Still Unforgettable go deeper into the treasure chest of great American songwriting, with lyrics and melodies that touch you and soothe you, appealing to your intellectual side, but most of all, appealing to your heart…”
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