“Sometimes I sound like gravel and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream,”
Nina Simone- child piano prodigy, singer, song writer, civil rights activist. She would record more than 40 albums before the end of her life ranging from classical, blues, R&B to pop and gospel. This beautiful woman with more life and talent than most people believe possible lived within a prison a fear and violence of her mind and her own making.
Born in North Carolina, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, later known as Nina Simone, would grow up to know more fame and fortune than her humble beginnings would belie. Clearly talented from an early age, she received a scholarship to study classical music at Julliard but eventually had to drop out because of lack of money. She began playing in small clubs and her velvety voice soon came to the attention record producers as she began mixing jazz with classical music and putting her own spin on the hits from Broadway shows. The sensation she created in the music industry was often tempered by her volatile nature both professionally and personally. She passed in April 2003 in her home in France.
What Happened, Miss Simone? is the title of a film that premiered at the Sundance Festival this year. Netflix will begin showing the documentary by Liz Garbus on June 26, 2015.
For a full listing of her discology, please see: