by Lisa Mack ~
Delta Divas of Distinction is a page dedicated to the dynamic women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, meant to spotlight the talents, service and achievements of these phenomenal women.
Trunks up, ladies!!!
Natalie Maria Cole (b. 2/6/1950) was an award winning recording artist and songwriter. As the daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole, she was exposed to music and the industry's best at an early age. She began performing in front of audiences at 11, which helped to perfect her stage presence. Before embarking on a music career, Ms. Cole attended the University of Massachusetts, where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. before graduating in 1972. Her career took off after several years of performing in night clubs with her band Black Magic.
Capitol Records, her father's old label took a chance and signed her to a record deal. Her debut album, Inseparable was an instant success in 1975. With hits like, This Will Be and Inseparable, both no. 1 songs on the R&B charts, certified her as the Best New Artist of the year. The success of this album and the ones that followed, billed her as the "new Aretha Franklin", which sparked a brief rivalry between the two songbirds. Cole received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979 for her many musical achievements. Her all-time classic song, Our Love, off the Thankful album (1979) went gold and became her signature hit, earning her a Grammy nomination.
To date Ms. Cole has won 9 Grammys out 21 nominations, 4 NAACP Image Awards and 3 American Music Awards. She was also a Lifetime Musical Achievement recipient in 1993. She has one child, a son named Robert Yancy from one of her three previous marriages. Sadly, Natalie Cole died at the close of 2015 due to congestive heart failure,she was 65. This iconic songstress will always be known for her beauty, talent and for her amazing ability to make timeless music that has and will continue to stand the test of time. The many honors and accomplishments of this musical legend most definitely outweigh any and all of her past struggles, and this is why we salute her. Rest in eternal peace, Soror!
by Lisa Mack ~