Grammy winning guitarist/singer George Benson is set to release his new album Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. Benson acknowledges that Cole was indeed one of his biggest inspirations as a young musician getting started in his career. In fact, at the tender age of eight, George recorded a version of Cole's song "Mona Lisa" under the moniker Little Georgie Benson.
The rare recording of "Mona Lisa" opens Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole which features guest performances from Pulitzer-prize winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Tony Award winning singer Idina Menzel and the talented young singer Judith Hill from The Voice. Benson has been sharing his love for the music of Nat King Cole via his live concerts entitled An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole for several years.
His dream of recording an album came to fruition with the help of the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Benson says of the sessions, "I felt every moment of it. You can't put together a record like this without putting your heart into it. I got that from Nat King Cole. He put his heart into everything he did."
George Benson Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole Track Listing:
1. Mona Lisa - Lil' Georgie Benson (age 8)
2. Just One Of Those Things
3. Unforgettable featuring Wynton Marsalis
4. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
5. When I Fall In Love featuring Idina Menzel
7. Nature Boy
9. Smile featuring Till Bronner
10. Straighten Up And Fly Right
11. Too Young featuring Judith Hill
12. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
13. Mona Lisa