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Natalie Releases New Book November 9th!
In her deeply affecting and inspiring memoir, LOVE BROUGHT ME BACK: A Journey of Loss and Gain (November 9, 2010; Simon & Schuster), multi-Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole, writing with David Ritz, recounts her two-year physical and emotional battle with life-threatening illness that culminated in a surreal moment when she underwent a successful kidney transplant the very day her beloved sister died. As counterpoint to Natalie’s own remarkable story, the sister of her kidney donor shares her own family’s story of love, loss, and the generosity of spirit that would come to connect two very different women—total strangers—in the most intimate way imaginable.
As Natalie recounts her ordeal, her memories shift often to those who influenced her life: family, including her legendary father, Nat “King” Cole; musical mentors like Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Sammy Davis, Jr.; and irreplaceable friends who have stood by her in the toughest times. From her sometimes turbulent life experiences, Natalie takes away a strong religious faith, a positive attitude, an impassioned belief in the value of friends, and a reliance on the sustaining power of love. LOVE BROUGHT ME BACK tells an intimate and moving story that touches the heart.
Natalie Cole took a bold leap in 1991 that would change her life and career forever. Already a highly successful R&B artist, she amazed everyone when she recorded Unforgettable…With Love, an album of standards from the American Songbook that included a duet with her late father—Nat King Cole—on the title track. The album spent five weeks at #1 on the pop charts, earned six Grammy® awards (including Song, Record and Album of the Year) and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
Her debut album in 1975, Inseparable, rocketed Cole to stardom, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. More hit singles followed, including 1976’s “Sophisticated Lady (She’s A Different Lady),” 1977’s “I’ve Got Love on My Mind,” 1978’s “Our Love” and 1980’s “Someone That I Used to Love.” In 1987, she released Dangerous, which sold over two million copies in the U.S. and garnered her three hit singles: “Jump Start,” “I Live For Your Love” and a remake of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.”