Natalie Cole’s Tour En Español

Natalie Cole is taking her new LP out for a spin with a run of North American dates scheduled in August, November and December. Released late last month, “Natalie Cole en Español“ is her first Spanish language album and the first set of tunes she’s put out since her kidney transplant.

The transplant, which Cole received in May 2009 after suffering from hepatitis C, inspired the album. The singer explained in a recent interview that the donor was a young El Salvadoran woman who died while giving birth.

“I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason. That this was a Latin family, I feel like I’m part Latino now. That (made) the desire to make this record became even stronger,” Cole said, according to the Associated Press.

She added, “I couldn’t totally grasp, understand it, but there’s something there, the spirit of this young girl, the spirit of this family, the spirit of the Latin culture, of a Latin heart is inside me.”

Photo: Steve Jennings
Wells Fargo Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa, Calif.

The 12-track album features a Spanish-language version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her“ along with Latin American classics. In addition to duets with Andrea Bocelli (“Besame Mucho”) and Juan Luis Guerra (“Bachata Rosa”), Natalie Cole en Español includes an extra special collaboration – the song “Acercate Mas,” which features a recording her father Nat King Cole did in Cuba in 1956.

Several of the tunes from the album will be included on the setlist for Cole’s upcoming tour.

Here is her North American itinerary:      

Aug. 1 – North Bethesda, Md., Music Center At Strathmore     
Aug. 2 – Newport, R.I., Tennis Hall Of Fame ()
Aug. 3 – Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center     
Aug. 14 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl     
Aug. 28 – Highland Park, Ill., Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
Aug. 31 – Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino, Resort & Spa     
Oct. 11 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center     
Oct. 12 – Boston, Mass., Marriott Copley Hotel     
Oct. 26 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Orleans Hotel & Casino     
Oct. 27 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Orleans Hotel & Casino     
Nov. 24 – Santa Rosa, Calif., Wells Fargo Center For The Arts     
Nov. 25 – San Francisco, Calif., Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall     
Dec. 7 – Scottsdale, Ariz., Scottsdale Ctr. For The Perf. Arts     
Dec. 10 – Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center     
Dec. 11 – Cleveland, Ohio, Severance Hall     
Dec. 13 – Virginia Beach, Va., Sandler Center For The Perf. Arts     
Dec. 15 – Rochester, N.Y., Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre     
Dec. 20 – Tacoma, Wash., Emerald Queen Casino     
Dec. 21 – Portland, Ore., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Aug. 28 show is an appearance with Ramsey Lewis.

Select shows are on sale now. Tickets for the Las Vegas gigs go on sale Saturday.

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