January 26 promises to be an evening to remember when nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole gives a one-night-only performance at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie stepped into her own spotlight with her 1975 debut album, Inseparable, which featured the No. 1 hit single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” Her career soared with her 1991 album, Unforgettable … With Love, in which she sang a duet with her father’s 1951 recording of “Unforgettable.” Diagnosed with Hepatitis C, Natalie has written books inspired by her struggles and supports awareness campaigns as a spokeswoman for the University Kidney Research Organization and the Tune In to Hep C awareness campaign.
NI: Can you share an unforgettable memory you have with your father?
Going to the movies with my dad to see It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World back in the early ’60s—very funny movie. Dad laughed so hard that he literally fell in the aisle of the movie theater!
What quote inspires you?
I cannot give just one quote—there are too many to list, but one that I like very much is the Serenity Prayer. It is the inspiration for many members of the Bill W Club and Alcoholics and Addicts Anonymous: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
What’s one of the proudest moments of your career?
The proudest moment of my career, I believe, is yet to come.