Due to health complications, Freddy Cole is unable to fly to Denver for his upcoming performance February 25 & 26. It is Freddy’s wish to send his son, Lionel Cole, to sit in with his band for the final few dates of the current US tour. They perform the same program recognizing the Centennial of Nat King Cole. We are confident that we are in good hands with the youngest torch bearer of the Cole name.
Featuring: Lionel Cole- Piano/Vocals, Sam Raderman-Guitar, Elias Bailey-Bass, and Jay Sawyer-Drums
Lionel Cole is a pianist, songwriter, and composer. He has served as a regularly touring member Mariah Carey’s live band. Lionel’s work with singer Mariah Carey, included piano playing on her #1 single, “Never Too Far Hero” and co-writing three songs notably the heartfelt hit “Through the Rain” from her multi-platinum album CHARMBRACELET. Lionel also was featured keyboarding and background singing for Mariah’s worldwide tour which played to sold-out audiences of people drawn to music they can feel. Music that inspires.
“Nat died before I was born, but growing up in my father (Freddy’s) house was pretty intense. Anybody from George Benson to Frank Sinatra would be around, it was quite a way to watch the business. All my uncles were in the business and as a public family we’ve always been conscious of doing as many positive things as is possible. It’s why I spent most of my career as a composer and songwriter, I wrote really positive songs for Mariah Carey and really wanted to make my own mark as a valuable part of that legacy, not just another wanker with a cool name.”
In addition to the Dazzle performances, Lionel will be performing with Freddy Cole’s band this Sunday as a headliner at the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland.