Thursday, May 12, 2011

Adventures in Preachers' Kids: Nina Simone

If you are a fan of Jazz like I am, you're probably familiar with the late Nina Simone, one of the most celebrated American Jazz singers of the past century. But did you know that she was a preacher's kid (like me)? From her official website:

"Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina on February 21st, 1933, Nina’s prodigious talent as a musician was evident early on when she started playing piano by ear at the age of three. Her mother, a Methodist minister, and her father, a handyman and preacher himself, couldn’t ignore young Eunice’s God-given gift of music. Raised in the church on the straight and narrow, her parents taught her right from wrong, to carry herself with dignity, and to work hard. She played piano – but didn’t sing – in her mother’s church, displaying remarkable talent early in her life."

To learn more about her life, music and legacy, click here If you listen to the song below, you can hear the heavy Gospel influence on her music.


Joseph Flemming said...

Great post, Nina Simone's Sinnerman is one of my favs, =)

Oldine said...

Talib Kweli sampled the song sinnerman in the song "Get By"

Alisha De Freitas said...

Great catch! As much as I love "Get By", I never noticed that! Kewl.

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