Every new year I look back at all the celebrities we’ve lost and even though I knew none of them personally, so many had a personal mark on my life. I’m not sure any touched me quite as deeply as Natalie Cole. Her grace at overcoming addiction, facing so many painful obstacles in her life, and then fighting what she knew would be a deadly diagnosis at the end touched me in ways I never could explain. Her songs helped me through almost every relationship and break-up since I was a teenager, and her duets with her late father left me breathless and inspired. You are truly an unforgettable and amazing woman, Natalie Cole, thank you for being you.