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Nina Simone - Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach,and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic low tenor. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. / My Dad adored her voice and singing style. FOR A SONG, CLICK ON PIC

Nina Simone Lauryn Hill made a smooth reference to her in "Ready Or Not"

Nina Simone in her dressing room at the Village Gate in Manhattan before a live recording session in March 1965. Photo by Sam Falk/New York Times Co./Getty Images.

Nina Simone (1933-2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music.

“... An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.” ~ Nina Simone

"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." — Nina Simone • Photographed by David Corio • Ronnie Scott's, London • January 9, 1984

Nina Simone, otrzymała staranne wykształcenie muzyczne. Jednak kiedy z przyczyn rasowych nie dostała się do konserwatorium, życie zmusiło ją do zarabiania pieniędzy grą i śpiewem w klubach i barach New Jersey. Wykorzystując swoje klasyczne wykształcenie oraz doświadczenia wokalne z chóru stworzyła tam właśnie w latach pięćdziesiątych niepowtarzalny i jakże łatwo rozpoznawalny styl..