Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950) is an influential American singer-songwriter and performer who has won eight Grammy Awards. She achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire toward a more jazz orientated musical style in the early 90s.
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Her debut album in 1975, Inseparable, resulted in chart success with the single "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" (#1 R&B, #6 Pop). Her performance of the song won her a 1976 Grammy' for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. This was a feat because Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin had heretofore won this category 8 years in a row from 1968 - 1975. She was also awarded the Best New Artist Grammy of 1976. She gained a new generation of fans when American Idol finalists Jasmine Trias and Kimberley Locke sang "Inseparable" on the show to extremely good reviews.