3 Questions with singer Natalie Cole
Courtesy William Morris Entertainment
Since her 1975 debut, Natalie Cole has soared and struggled. She’s earned nine Grammys, sold 30 million records but also battled drug addiction and, since 2008, hepatitis C. Alongside a 12-piece band, she’ll channel heartache and triumph April 25 at Mershon Auditorium during a concert benefiting the Wexner Center and Wexner Medical Center’s Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program. wexarts.org
How do you condense a nearly 40-year career into a set list?
We try to just keep it versatile. It moves very quickly. I think that’s what keeps it interesting. For sure, they’re going to expect “Unforgettable,” but that’s not the show. The show starts off one way and ends up a totally different way.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the music business?
I’d say keeping moving. I would say, “Don’t get too comfortable in your own skin.” A true artist will explore, take chances, experiment.
The STAR Program teaches hospital staff to cope with and better understand trauma. Does this cause resonate with you personally?
With my history of illness over the last four years, I can imagine that it’s a very well-needed program. It’s stressful being in the hospital. It’s stressful for the patients, and it’s stressful for the staff.