March is the month of the International Woman’s Day and to celebrate it I created the Iconic Woman, which is a portraits series of some of the great woman who inspire me everyday.
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. And in some ways, that astonishing, unclassifiable range has made it especially difficult to assess Simone’s legacy – often considered a jazz singer (particularly because of her masterful piano playing), she was classically trained, yet her nickname was “The High Priestess of Soul.” If anything, she claimed that she was a folk singer, and her dazzling repertoire remains unparalleled. Simone’s music provided the true soundtrack to the civil rights movement. Simone’s groundbreaking compositions like “Mississippi Goddam” and “Four Women” defined a songwriting voice that was proudly, defiantly black and female.