Friday, October 28, 2011


A public service announcement featuring the legendary singer Johnny Mathis on behalf of the non-profit Nat King Cole Generation Hope has been selected for screening at the upcoming Ferndale Film Festival in Ferndale, Mich. Filmed by Cola Kat Productions, the two-and-a-half minute PSA is designed to raise awareness about the organization’s mission in supporting music-education. Nat King Cole’s twin daughters, Casey and Timolin Cole, founded the charity to promote the growth and development of children with the greatest need and fewest resources, through the study of music. The PSA will be shown at the third-annual Ferndale festival to be held from Nov. 2 through Nov. 6. The video was shot on location at Mr. Mathis’ home in Los Angeles, the spot has generated interest on the Internet. “It was a privilege to work with Generation Hope on this important cause,” said Kathy Kolla, who directed the PSA and is president of Cola Kat. “We hope the exposure will bring more positive attention to Nat King Cole Generation Hope.” The Ferndale Film Festival will take place at various locations throughout Ferndale. Screenings will include documentaries, short films and features, as well as workshops and exhibitions.

Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40s, 50s, and 60s, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. Cole had a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capitol Records, he turned out hit after amazing hit – nearly 700 songs – all the while managing to remain a gentle, tolerant and gracious human being.

In 1965, Nat King Cole died tragically of lung cancer. He was only 45. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919. He was the son of Baptist minister, Edward James Coles, and mother, Perlina Adams, who sang soprano and directed the choir in her husband’s church. Cole grew up in Chicago, met and married a girl in New York named Maria Hawkins, who was from Boston. They had five children and lived in Hancock Park in Los Angeles.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., is non-profit organization that is helping to support music education in Florida. Musical instruments, instruction, seminars, state-of-the-art recording equipment and funding are being provided to students with the greatest need and fewest resources in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties

For information about Nat King Cole Generation Hope, visit

The PSA can be viewed online at

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