BEING in the music industry and the nephew of jazz musician Nat King Cole, there is a lot of pressure on Lionel Cole.
But outside influences are nothing compared to the pressure he puts on himself, says the soul musician who is coming to Orange this week.
“I am proud of where I come from, proud of myself and proud I have honesty to stand on,” he said.
With an uncle who was music royalty and a Grammy-nominated father Freddy, there was little chance Lionel would steer clear of the music industry.
As a radio DJ in Sydney, Mr Cole has always figured it’s the music that does the work.
“It’s the music that changes hearts, opens minds and makes us feel,” he said.
Among hundreds of notable achievements, Mr Cole was featured as part of Robert Downey Jr’s band on the Oprah show, the Tonight Show, Ellen, and Good Morning America.
Lionel’s work with singer Mariah Carey, included piano playing on her number one single, Never Too Far Hero and co-writing three songs notably the heartfelt hit Through the Rain from her multi-platinum album Charmbracelet.
He said he is excited to bring his wife to Orange, see the sights, taste wine, eat good food but above all entertain the crowd.
He will be playing from 9pm on Friday and Saturday at Summers Bar, Lounge and Functions in Summer Street.
“If you want to have a good time come on down,” he said.
“It’ll be a good healthy dose of southern soul.”
While Nat King Cole was known for his jazz stylings, Lionel and his band All Soul and Emotions feed audiences lively soul with plenty of “screaming and who-haring”.