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Casey + Timolin Cole

Sisters Timolin Cole (left) and Casey Cole

The Cole Family

Nat King Cole and wife Maria Cole, with twin daughters Timolin and Casey c. 1964

A true legacy transcends personality, career and celebrity, to offer one’s heart & soul to the masses. American icon, singer, jazz pianist and actor Nat King Cole (1919-1965) recorded over 100 hit songs, his trio became the model for small jazz ensembles, and he earned credits in film, TV and on Broadway. But well beyond his incandescent voice and resounding performances, his breakthrough career inspired so many to achieve greatness and meaning through music.

This Cole family legacy is now in the loving hands of twin sisters Casey Cole and Timolin Cole, the youngest twin daughters of Nat King Cole, who stand for music education as a path to reach one’s best potential, for the inner good and the greater good.

In 2008, Casey and Timolin co-founded Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., a 501c(3) non-profit, to provide equal access to music instruction, mentorship and resources for underserved, economically disadvantaged youth in under resourced communities. The sisters’ organization addresses the predicaments of many in the public education systems whose schools lack funding for enrichment, parents who cannot afford lessons or to buy/rent instruments, and talented music teachers who do so much with so little. Nat King Cole Generation Hope ultimately supports the child, the music instructor and the school.

The cause is paramount, while the return on investment in music education has no ceiling. To enable a child to discover themselves in the strings of a violin or the keys of piano, is to help them find dignity and hope.

Why Music Education

Post-COVID, many of our children face a journey of unprecedented challenges … mentally, emotionally and socially. While music education has been recognized as an essential learning tool that keeps youth academically engaged and develops well-rounded, critical thinking, it has never been more urgently needed to fill their hearts with self-esteem and fuel their minds with vital cognitive skills.

Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.


Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.

Yo-Yo Ma

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Our Team

Nat King Cole Generation Hope is comprised of a dedicated board as well as committed staff and volunteers who work passionately and tirelessly to fulfill our mission to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

Co-Founders + Board of Directors

Timoline Cole

Timolin Cole

Co-Founder, Secretary/Treasurer of Board

Casey Cole

Casey Cole

Co-Founder, President of Board

Kristen Huffines

Kristen Huffines

Board Member


Shanna St. John

Shanna St. John

Executive Director

Glenda Lighter

Glenda Lighter

Administrative Assistant


Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. provides access to music education for children with the greatest need by cultivating opportunities and funding programs for instruction, mentoring and resources.

Founded in 2008, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. strives to uphold and build on the Cole family legacy; we envision music education as an entitlement, not a privilege, for all children.
Our youth deserve equity and access to pursue excellence and achievement in music; to experience the realms of musical expression and creation. We can pave the path of opportunity for budding performers, emboldened by their mentors, to uplift and heal humanity with their instruments and voices.

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