Natalie Cole Adds Spanish Flavor to Fall Tour

It seems a bit strange to write, but Natalie Cole currently has the number one Latino album in the U.S.

The singer released her first Spanish-language album, Natalie Cole en Espanol, at the end of last month, and later this year she’ll tour to support the effort. She has concert dates ranging from an August 1 date in North Bethesda, Md. through a December 21 show in Portland, Ore., though she won’t be on the road consistently that entire time. Other cities she’ll visit include Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

The album consists primarily of Latin American classics, though it also includes a Spanish-language version of “And I Love Her” by the Beatles. Andrea Bocelli and Juan Luis Guerra guest on the album, and Cole also performs a digital duet with her late father, Nat “King” Cole. That song — “Acercate Mas” — features a recording the elder Cole made in Cuba in 1956.

Natalie Cole en Espanol is the singer’s first release since she underwent a kidney transplant in 2009 after suffering from Hepatitis C. She said the experience was part of what inspired her to make this record.

“I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason,” she said in an interview with the Associated Press. “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.”

She continued that, “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.”

Cole’s previous most recent releases came in 2008, when she release Still Unforgettable and Caroling, Caroling: Christmas with Natalie Cole. The former was the follow-up to the uber successful 1991 release, Unforgettable… with Love.