New York, NY â€“ (January 28, 2008) â€“ On April 29, 2008, another generation of talent will be releasing her first solo album nationwide. Her name is Simone and she is the daughter of the legendary musical icon Nina Simone. She is her own woman, a singer, songwriter and performer whose ability to transcend genres echoes the tradition of her mother.
With the upcoming release of her first full-length album on High Priestess/Koch, Simone On Simone (a big band tribute to her mother produced by famed jazz musician and arranger Bob Belden), music lovers worldwide will discover the vocal dynamism that live audiences have witnessed for over a decade. Fortunate to have gotten over fifty of her motherâ€™s original arrangements, Simone began working with producer Bob Belden (whose credits include work with Woody Herman, Donald Byrd, Mel Lewis and Dianne Reeves and extensive credits as a premier jazz reissue producer) on the recording project, culling eleven songs from Nina Simoneâ€™s repertoire, including one live performance on which her mother accompanied her and featuring one poignant and highly personal song, â€œChild In Meâ€ which Simone fondly refers to as â€œmy love song to my mother.â€
She succeeds admirably turning in tour-de-force performances on little-known gems from her motherâ€™s recorded repertoire such as â€œKeeper Of The Flame,â€ â€œI Hold No Grudgeâ€ and â€œDonâ€™t You Pay Them No Mindâ€ (all from Nina Simoneâ€™s 1966 LP High Priestess Of Soul) as well as the reworking of such classics as â€œFeeling Good,â€ â€œBlack Is The Color Of My True Loveâ€™s Hairâ€ (given a completely new and original twist), â€œWork Song,â€ the spirited â€œ(Youâ€™ll) Go To Hellâ€ and swinging versions of â€œLove Me Or Leave Meâ€ and Duke Ellingtonâ€™s â€œGal From Joeâ€™s.â€ Rounding out her first of many future albums: â€œI Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Freeâ€ (the Billy Taylor tune closely identified with her mother as one of the potent message songs which were so much a part of Nina Simoneâ€™s catalog of music with themes of freedom, self-empowerment and justice for all) and â€œHow Long Must I Wander,â€ a plaintive song that speaks to Simoneâ€™s own formative years traveling across the globe with her mother.
Chuck Mitchell, Koch Vice President of Jazz/Adult Music, states, â€œThere are extremely rare occasions when you come across a musical performer and say to yourself: â€˜This artist can do anything!â€™ Simone has inherited her motherâ€™s charisma, but when she sings you immediately realize that she stands out on her own. We expect to hear Simone in a variety of musical settings going forwardâ€¦this is just the beginning.â€
Blessed with a rich vocal range, an innate skill for lyrical interpretation and a soul-deep understanding of music as a means of healing, empowerment and celebration, Simone is very much her motherâ€™s daughter, but she is most assuredly a multi-talented artist in her own right.
For more information on Simone visit www.simonesworld.com