NATALIE COLE Will Celebrate The Cultural Richness Of Latin Music With The...

NATALIE COLE Will Celebrate The Cultural Richness Of Latin Music With The June 25th Release Of “Natalie Cole en Espanol”

Saluting The Pioneering Bilingual Legacy of Her Legendary Father, While Spotlighting The Most Romantic Songs Of The Great Spanish Language Composers… -Produced By Rudy Perez, And Featuring Special Guests Juan Luis Guerra & Andrea Bocelli - Already A Chart-Topping Music Icon That Blazed A Trail For Racial Equality, NAT KING COLE Was Embraced By Latin Music Fans Across The Globe After Releasing Three Groundbreaking Spanish Language Albums Beginning In 1958. Now, Multiple GRAMMY Winner NATALIE COLE Will Revisit Her Family's Multicultural Tradition And Introduce A New Generation Of Fans To A Collection of Latin Music's Most Beloved Standards


LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Multiple GRAMMY Award-winner
Natalie Cole‘s first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole en
will be released June 25 on Verve/Universal. The album finds
Natalie personally inspired by both the bilingual recording legacy of her father
Nat King Cole, and a growing passion for the timeless romanticism of the great
Latin music composers. Produced by Rudy Perez (“Latin Music Producer Of The
Decade” – Billboard
), “Natalie Cole en Espanol” will
reintroduce a new generation of fans to many of Latin Music’s most romantic
standards – with both new interpretations of Spanish-language classics
previously recorded by Nat King Cole, and Natalie’s own personal selections of
songs that have touched her heart and make this album truly her own.  This
wonderful balance of both old and new classics is perfectly illustrated by the
special vocal collaborations that highlight the album, with Natalie joining Juan
Luis Guerra on the Dominican Maestro’s own “Bachata Rosa,” while looking
further back with Andrea Bocelli on the eternal “Besame Mucho.” But
without question, the most emotional pairing of the album finds Natalie joining
her father in a heartfelt duet of “Acercate Mas” (Come Closer to Me) –
utilizing the same technique as their Grammy winning, globally
multi-platinum recording of “Unforgettable.”

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From a historical perspective, it is difficult to overstate Nat King Cole’s
cultural importance, not only as a world-class singer, multi-million selling
recording artist and extraordinary pianist, but also as a pioneer for racial
equality. Nat was the era’s most successful recording artist on Capitol Records,
which became known throughout the music industry as “The House That Nat
Through the sheer understated elegance of his music, he gained
acceptance in all strata of society. In the 1940’s, Cole became the first black
performer to have his own regular radio show, and that pioneering role as host
expanded to television when “The Nat King Cole Show” made its debut on
NBC in 1956.  But even with such success, the battle for equality continued
both in the United States and abroad, which Cole discovered that same year when
he was contracted for an appearance in Cuba – only to be told he could perform
at, but not stay overnight, in the famed Hotel Nacional.

Notwithstanding that initial reception, Nat became enamored of the musical
spirit he discovered in Cuba while working with top-flight Latin artists like
Bebo Valdes, and soon after – encouraged by his manager Carlos Gastel – Cole
made the pioneering decision to become the first American superstar to record an
entire album of Spanish standards. Recorded between Cuba and Los Angeles, and
released in 1958, “Cole Espanol” was quickly embraced by Spanish
speaking music fans across the world, who appreciated Cole’s outreach in their
own language while creating a fusion of Latin rhythm with the feel of the Great
American Songbook.  Global reaction to Cole’s entry into Spanish-language
recording was so strong, that additional recording sessions took place in Rio de
Janeiro and Mexico City in ensuing years – resulting in the subsequent release
of “A Mis Amigos” (1959) and “More Cole Espanol” (1962).
 Now, over 50 years later and counting, Nat King Cole is widely
embraced across Latin America as an ahead-of-his time cultural ambassador, and a
musical memorial to his legacy (consisting of a Jukebox of his music and bust of
his likeness) now resides on that very same ground of initial adversity in the
Hotel Nacional.

Growing up, Natalie Cole was well aware of this aspect of her father’s career
and now, as she returns with her first new album following her remarkable
recovery from a kidney transplant (detailed in the heartfelt 2010 memoir
Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain”), she has found a
deeper appreciation of those groundbreaking recordings and a desire to further
extend her family’s commitment to bilingual music.  Inspired by both a
strong bond recently forged with the Latino family of her kidney donor, and the
historical knowledge and passion of award-winning producer Rudy Perez, Natalie
has meticulously crafted “Natalie Cole en Espanol” as a lush and
captivating tribute to Latin Music’s legendary composers and their most romantic

“Natalie Cole en Espanol” – Track


07. Solamente
Una Vez

02. Voy a
Apagar La Luz/Contigo Aprendi

08. Oye Como
Va (Medley)

Acercate Mas (w/ Nat King Cole)   

09. Yo Lo Amo
(And I Love Him)

04. Manana
De Carnaval    

10. El Dia
Que Me Quieras

05. Besame
Mucho (w/ Andrea

Bachata Rosa (w/ Juan Luis Guerra)

Quizas, Quizas,


SOURCE  Verve Music Group

NATALIE COLE Will Celebrate The Cultural Richness Of Latin Music With The June 25th Release Of “Natalie Cole en Espanol”