Singer Natalie Cole was given a final send-off by her family and friends in Los Angeles on Monday in a service befitting an “unforgettable” artist, known for her duets with her father Nat King Cole, mainstream hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” and her sophisticated interpretation of the American songbook.
The private ceremony featured musical tributes and speeches from Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and David Foster.
Family members and friends gave tributes, and the Rev. Melvin V. Wade Sr. preached “The Message of Victory.” Music included “Thank You Lord” and the recessional was Cole’s song, “Our Love.”
Chaka Khan, Angela Bassett, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were in attendance, among others. It was held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
Cole will be buried with her other family members, including her father, Nat King Cole, her publicist Maureen O’Connor said.
Cole died on New Year’s Eve at age 65.