Simone is regarded as one of the Most Influential Recording Artists of 20th-century Jazz, Cabaret and R&B genres. Her music spanned styles including Classical, Folk, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Pop.
To make a living, Simone started playing piano at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, which effectively launched her career as a Jazz Vocalist.
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Throughout her career, Simone assembled a collection of songs that became standards in her repertoire. Some were songs that she wrote herself, while others were new arrangements of other standards, and others had been written especially for the singer.
Simone’s bearing and stage presence earned her the title “the High Priestess of Soul.
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Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis spoke highly of Simone, deeply impressed by her ability to play three-part counterpoint (her two hands on the piano and her voice each providing a separate but complementary melody line).
In 2010, a statue in her honor was erected on Trade Street in her native Tryon, North Carolina.
In 2016, Simone posthumously received a nomination for Best Music Film for the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?
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In 2018, she received a nomination for Best Rap Song as a Songwriter for Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” from his 4:44 album, which contained a sample of “Four Women” by Simone.
In 2018, Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow R&B artist Mary J. Blige.
Simone’s music has been featured in soundtracks of various motion pictures and video games. Frequently, her music is used in remixes, commercials, and TV series including “Feeling Good.”
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Simone has created for herself a world of magnificent peaks. Often compared to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, Simone is known as one of the greatest singers of her generation.
She has recorded 43 albums, ranging from blues to jazz to folk. Her song “Young, Gifted, and Black” became the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement and thrust her beyond international stardom into the center of activism.
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