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Natalie Cole performs comeback show after kidney transplant

September 10, 2009

natalie-coleSinger Natalie Cole on Wednesday night gave her first show since her kidney transplant, in a Los Angeles performance backed by an orchestra.

“I never thought I’d be standing here healthy, whole and 100 percent again,” Cole told the crowd, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Cole, a nine-time Grammy winner and the daughter of the late U.S. crooner Nat King Cole, received a new kidney on May 19, after suffering damage to her original kidney from the disease Hepatitis C. The R&B singer has said she probably contracted the disease from drug use decades ago.

Cole’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles featured her hit songs “This Will Be,” “Inseparable,” “Mr. Melody” and others. In the coming weeks, Cole is scheduled to perform at a tribute show for singer Lionel Richie, and at another event later this month honoring Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. She is scheduled to go on tour next month, starting with a show in Indiana, with later stops to include Detroit, Michigan; Bucharest, Romania; and Warsaw, Poland.


I donated a kidney to a stranger and it was the greatest experience of my life. Since my kidney donation I have been wanting to do more – so I now have a project to help others who need a kidney. I don’t get paid for this and don’t charge a fee. My brother donated a kidney as well – to someone on my list of people who need a kidney.

There are over 80,000 people out there in need of a life-saving kidney. Thousands of people die each year waiting for a kidney.

More living kidney donation needs to be encouraged.

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Good luck to you Natalie! Happy to hear you are doing so great!


Chaya Lipschutz
Kidney Donor & Kidney Matchmaker



I was there. It was a “MiraCole” concert. Natalie looked and sounded amazing. She managed her voice like a studio console, singing live in several different genres. Jazz, R&B, Gospel. She did not hold back either, she knew when to cover the tone and then she would let out a clear ringing siren proving her voice was in top shape. I think she studies voice still and that is so admirable, Her voice is clear and goes into the higher register with ease and brilliance. Closing her jazz set with Let There Be Love, she scatted and matched the trumpet solo in clarity and ring. The grammy winning Rainy Day froze time at the Hollywood Bowl, the song, the lighting. the night, Natalie and that orchestra. Then Natalie cut loose unleashing her mega hit Unforgettable followed by R&B hits, followed by Gospel and her voice just kept getting stronger with each genre switch. Truly an amazing performer, showman and artist.

Posted by JW | Report as abusive

I’m so glad to hear that Natalie Cole is feeling better, and back touring. My question is, when is Natalie going to find her way up to the Pacific Northwest? I used to live in LA and have had the pleasure of seeing her show several times, and would love to be able to see her again up here in the Vancouver, Wa area. Oh PLEASEEEEEEEE tell her one of her biggest vans is here waiting and praying.

Feel better Natalie and hope to one day see here again.

Posted by Barbara Church | Report as abusive

i want to donate a kidney for save a life!group is 0 pozitif,very healthy,25 years living in europe!my adress is!thanks

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