Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole is the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins. Nat's brothers and Natalie's uncles, Ike and Freddy Cole, were also musicians. At the age of six, Natalie sang on her father's Christmas album, and her first television appearances were on her father's show. In the '70s and '80s she established herself in both the pop and R&B worlds with hits like "This Will Be" and "Pink Cadillac." Still, her greatest success was the 1991 album Unforgettable. . .With Love, on which she sang her late father's greatest hits, including a virtual duet with her father on the title track. Her uncle Ike Cole played the piano on this album. In 2008 she released Still Unforgettable, featuring another virtual duet with her father.
On May 20, 2009, Natalie, who battled Hepatitis C, underwent successful kidney transplant surgery. She postponed her summer concert tour to recuperate. On September 9, according to the LA Times Music Blog, she took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl and pronounced herself "healthy and whole and 100%."