PHCS News

Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Natalie Cole to Appear at Soul to Soul Conference

Jan 21, 2008
Multiple Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will headline Princeton HealthCare System's annual Soul to Soul conference with a keynote address on Saturday, April 19, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.


The winner of eight Grammy Awards, Cole is perhaps best known for the groundbreaking "Unforgettable," a duet with the recording made by her late father, pop and jazz legend Nat King Cole.  At the conference, Cole will present a talk entitled "Getting Beyond the Mistakes and Making Smart Choices," drawing on her three decades of experience in the music industry. Cole's talk will underscore the theme for this year's conference, "The Power of Choice," which seeks to inspire people to make a smart choice to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Dedicated to the health of African Americans, the Soul to Soul conference is an annual PHCS event that brings people of all backgrounds together for an evening of fellowship, personal enrichment, live music and delicious food.

In addition to Cole's appearance, the evening will include a panel discussion by University Medical Center at Princeton physicians and health professionals who will focus on health issues impacting the African-American community, as well as a poster session to showcase the latest health information and research.

"The Soul to Soul conference has developed quite a following over the past six years and it continues to grow," said Karen Baylor, CCT, CPFT, a cardiopulmonary technician in the Cardiopulmonary Department at UMCP and Soul to Soul event co-chair. "This year's event will challenge people to make lifestyle changes and improve their quality of life in what will be a fun and informative evening capped by the unforgettable Natalie Cole."

Previously known as the Taking Care of Sisters conference, Soul to Soul was launched in 2003 to focus attention on the health needs of African-American women. Since then, it has included both men and women and grown to more than 1,000 participants.

The presence of Cole also extends Soul to Soul's reputation for having major stars come to share their stories with Central New Jersey audiences.  

Natalie Cole's chart-topping career has been characterized by continual rebirth, beginning with her first two Grammy Awards as best new artist and best female R&B vocal performance in 1975. In the 1980s, she reinvented Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" into a dance smash, and moved into both the jazz and pop arenas a decade later. With her new release Leavin', she reinvents herself once more, this time making a broad collection of cover songs her own, from Fiona Apple's "Criminal" to the Isley Brothers' "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love)."

Tickets to the event cost $40 per person, including dinner. Soul to Soul begins at 4:00 p.m., with the dinner program beginning at 5:00 p.m. Registration is required and limited. To register, call 888-897-8979 or visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar.