The family of Dr. Nina Simone is coordinating an unprecedented project to celebrate and pay tribute to the artistry, legacy and spirit of Nina.
Throughout the years and up to today the music and social contentiousness of Nina Simone have influenced artists from all walks of life - generations of musicians from every genre, poets, painters, writers, dancers, actors, activists and even fashionistas and politicians.
Despite Nina's prolific, influential reach she is largely unknown to the masses. Our goal with this project is mainly twofold: grow and nourish an entirely new world of art with its roots in Nina's genius and continue educating the world about Nina's artistic and social contributions.
Skye Edwards (of Morcheeba) (@skyewards, @realmorcheeba)
Kimbra (@kimbramusic) - Plain Gold Ring
Sinead O'Connor (@connor_sinead)
King Britt (@kingbritt)
David Harness (@djdavidharness)
Sandra Bernhard (@sandrabernhard) - Baltimore
Crystal Waters (@crystalwaters1)
Chantal Claret (@chantalclaret)
Karyn Paige (@karynpaige)
David Hays (@davidhaysmusic)
Mocean Worker (@moceanworker)
Tommie Sunshine (@tommiesunshine)
DJ Onionz (@djonionz)
Coby Koehl (@cobykoehl)
Honey Dijon (@honeydijon)
DJ Lady D (@djladyd)
DJ Sneak (@dj_sneak)
Scott Wozniak (@scottwozniak)
Though mainly music-centered, this project has several facets which include: musicians interpreting Nina's music through their own covers of her songs; djs/producers remixing some of the various covers that are produced; artists competing to produce each Songbook album's cover art; writers vying to pen each album's liner notes. We are dedicated to ensuring artists of every generation, every genre and every level of fame - from the highest profile artists to up-and-comers to fresh talent in search of a break - have the chance to be included in this project.
Because we believe in the social power of Nina's art we are also working to include the voices of Nina's fans and the fans of those artists whom will be collaborating on this project. The public will be given the chance to vote at times on which Nina song certain participating musicians should cover, which artwork submission should adorn each album and who should be tasked with writing the liner notes for each album. We hope to see this project ongoing with a series of releases that eventually exhausts Nina's entire catalog of work - over 300 songs!
While in the beginning stages of this project we have already had artists reach out and express their interest in collaborating on this, artists we have reached out to and artists whom we have our eye on and hope will come aboard to honor the legacy of Dr. Nina Simone. The lists included in this post are not entirely exhaustive of the participants and potential participants but will act as the growing roster of people whom have been tapped in one way or another to join us in the Nina Simone Songbook Covers/Remixes project.
Waiting for confirmation:
Ben Langmaid of La Roux (@benlangmaid)
Emeli Sande (@emelisande)
Syesha Mercado (@syesha)
Musicians we are eyeing for the project:
Ed Sheeran (his management has been in contact with us and while too busy at the time Ed may participate in the future), Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, Lady Gaga, Kelly Price - Jill Scott - Ledisi - Marsha Ambrosius (Four Women), Christina Aguilera, MIA, Adam Lambert, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Zooey Deschanel, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Elton John, Muse, Patti LaBelle, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, George Michael, Diplo, Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright, Beverley Knight, Adele, George Michael, Sade, Joan Armatrading.
This list will be updated regularly with changes and growth. If you are interested in participating in this project or have any artists of any caliber you'd like to suggest please comment below, tweet to us on Twitter (@NinaSimoneMusic) or email: aaron[at]ninasimone.com.
Artwork by: Stanley Chow (@stan_chow)
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She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot.
As she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone.
I remember the first time I heard a Nina Simone song on the radio. It was on a public radio station in the Bay area and the song was "Trouble in Mind." It was a beautiful Sunday and I was sitting in my white rocking chair on my porch.
“When I was an aspiring young artist searching for my voice, purpose, and direction, my early teachers took note of the fire burning in my belly, and they individually fanned the flame into passion, by introducing me to great Black women artists who presented their artistry with clarity and unrestrained courage.
One of those great women was the unmistakable, Ms. Nina Simone. I am eternally grateful to my teachers for this particular introduction."