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

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

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Natalie
Cole's first Spanish-language album, "Natalie Cole en Espanol" 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
theirGrammy winning, globally multi-platinum recording of "Unforgettable."

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130509/LA11396)

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 Built." 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 songs.

"Natalie Cole en Espanol" - Track Listing
01. Frenesi                     07. Solamente Una Vez
02. Voy a Apagar La Luz/Contigo Aprendi    08. Oye Como Va (Medley)
03. 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 Bocelli) 11. Bachata Rosa (w/Juan Luis
                                           Guerra)
06. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas          12. Amapola

SOURCE Verve Music Group

Website: http://www.vervemusicgroup.com
Contact: Maureen O'Connor, 310.854.8116, moconnor@rogersndcowan.com; John
Reilly, 212.878.5076, jreilly@rogersandcowan.com; Nordhia Centeno,
212.878.5079, ncenteno@rogersandcowan.com
 
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