Natalie Cole is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who rose to fame as an R&B artist during the 1970s. Daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Cole, she was exposed to prominent jazz and blues singers throughout her childhood. In 1972, she moved to Chicago where she began singing with a band called Black Magic at small clubs and venues. She eventually captured the attention of producers Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who brought her into a studio to record several tracks. After sending demos out to potential labels, Cole was turned down by all of them besides her father's label, Capitol Records. With her two producers, she went to Los Angeles to polish off her initial recordings that resulted in her debut album, Inseparable in 1975. The critically acclaimed record spawned two number one hits and earned Cole a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The album was constantly compared to the work of Aretha Franklin, who noted that many of the album's songs were originally offered to her, and when the media started dubbing Cole the "new Aretha Franklin," a rivalry was sparked between the two prominent singers. She continued to ascend to stardom with the release of two consecutive platinum albums, Unpredictable and Thankful, both release in 1977, but developed a drug habit in the early 1980s that caused a detour in her career. After a brief stint in rehab, she returned in top form with her 1987 album Everlasting. Her best-selling album, 1991's Unforgettable... with Love, is a compilation of covers of her father's famous songs that features an iconic duet between Natalie and Nat King Cole of the title track. Though her life was cut short by long-term health issues in 2015, Cole built a glowing legacy up until the very end that will continue to feed the soul of R&B communities around the world.