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George Benson 'Inspiration:A Tribute to Nat King Cole' due June 4

Apr 15 2013

Grammy winning guitarist-singer George Benson is set to release his new album Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole on June 4, 2013.  Benson acknowledges that Cole was indeed one of his biggest inspirations as a young musician getting started in his career.  In fact, at the tender age of eight, George recorded a version of Cole's song "Mona Lisa" under the moniker Little Georgie Benson.  The rare recording of "Mona Lisa" opens Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole which features guest performances from Pulitzer-prize winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Tony Award winning singer Idina Menzel and the talented young singer Judith Hill from "The Voice."  Benson has been sharing his love for the music of Nat King Cole via his live concerts entitled "An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole" for several years.  His dream of recording an album came to fruition with the help of the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Benson says of the sessions, "I felt every moment of it. You can't put together a record like this without putting your heart into it. I got that from Nat King Cole. He put his heart into everything he did."  George's next appearance will be at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 26 and a full list of his tour schedule is available here.

Last changed: Apr 15 2013 at 4:09 AM

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