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Natalie Cole performs in Cleveland

Natalie Cole will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra on Wednesday, Dec. 11. (photo/ top news)

As winter arrives and the skies become gray, many people will be looking for ways to liven their spirits. One way to lift the mood as cold weather hits Ohio is by listening to soul-stirring holiday music in a live setting. Fortunately, many concerts are planned for the next few months in the Buckeye State. For example, music fans will get a chance as the Christmas season approaches to hear classic rhythm and blues singer Natalie Cole perform in Cleveland.

Cole’s concert will take place at a venue called Severance Hall. The singer will be accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra, providing a full sound to support her soaring voice, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The show will start at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The performance is a part of the four-show “Celebrity” series that starts in winter 2013 and continues in spring 2014. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Cole’s concert and an October show by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band were the “Celebrity” series performances that were “likely to attract the most attention.” The cost of single tickets begins at $30. They can be bought by calling 216-231-1111 or by going online to www.clevelandorchestra.com.

Cole is from a highly musical family as she is the daughter of the famous jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole. Her mother, Maria Cole, was also a jazz singer who worked with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, according to the Biography Channel. However, Cole’s reputation does not just depend on her family members’ successes. She also has had a significant career as a singer in her own right, winning nine Grammy Awards and selling 30 million copies of her albums.

Her first recorded performance was a role on a Christmas album by her famous father when she was 6 years old, according to the Biography Channel. Cole has also been involved in acting and other broadcast entertainment projects since the 1990s. Her recent appearances have included “The Real Housewives of New York” and “The Real Housewives of Miami,” both in 2011, according to the Biography Channel.
A few of Cole’s works have included “Inseparable” from 1976, “Thankful” from 1977, “Unforgettable with Love” from 1991 and her latest full album, “Natalie Cole en Espanol” from June 2013. She has also produced several autobiographical works both in book and film formats, according to the Biography Channel.

Despite her fame and success, Cole’s life has not always gone smoothly. At certain points in her life, during the 1980s, she experienced addiction to drugs such as cocaine and heroin, and her career began to sink. In fact, according to the Biography Channel, “She says in the book that her ability to freebase cocaine was so well known in showbiz circles that it earned her a moniker, the 'Freebase Queen'.”
Nowadays, Cole is reported by the Biography Channel to be sober, healthy and in top singing form. Cole’s concert in Cleveland will include songs from all of the different periods of her career.