Natalie Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015)
As a young singer growing up in Montreal, I was obsessed with Nathalie Cole. I played her records, yes vinyl, over and over again and sang every lyrics, run and riff verbatim. Her sheet music lived atop my piano and I performed them for many years. Among my favorites are “Our Love”, “This Will Be”, “Sophisticated Lady” and “I’ve Got Love on My Mind”. Her soulful music of the 70’s truly influenced me as a vocalist and performer and that’s why she will always be “Unforgettable” to me.