Natalie Cole will on Sept. 26 release her 20th studio album “Leavin'” (Verve), her first disc in nearly four years to feature new material. The 12-track set contains covers of songs by Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Kate Bush and Sting, among others.
Described as a blend of classic R&B, pop and rock, “Leavin'” will be preceded by a hip-hop-flavored remake of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 hit “Day Dreaming.”
“[The album] has given me the opportunity to explore the greatness in the songs of some of our most talented and gifted songwriters,” says Cole. “It was a lot of fun to be able to put our spin on these songs and I thoroughly enjoyed interpreting them.”
The title track is a Shelby Lynne cover, while other cuts include “Don’t Say Goodnight,” originally by the Isley Brothers, “Lovin’ Arms” (Etta James) and the original track “5 Minutes Away,” written by Cole, Dallas Austin and keyboardist Chanz Parkman. Cole will support the new offering with a theater tour in the fall.