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Natalie Cole performs comeback show after kidney transplant


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.