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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and pop.

The sixth of eight children born to a poor family in Tryon, North Carolina, Simone initially aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She then applied for a scholarship to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied admission despite a well received audition, which she attributed to racism. In 2003, just days before her death, the Institute awarded her an honorary degree.

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February 1933
Nina Simone was born in North Carolina.

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Verve/UMe
June 10, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Dove, Verve Records, UMe, and the Nina Simone Charitable Trust have joined forces to create the first official music video for "Feeling Good,"...
Nick Perry
December 14, 2020
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