Nina Simone

A child virtuoso whose piano recitals were local events, Dr. Nina Simone started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, strongly rooted in the study of the works of Bach, and became a singer almost by accident. The rest is history. Her recordings, over the next five decades, earned her cult status, critical acclaim and reached the top of the charts on many occasions.
No single female voice has so bravely assaulted injustice, ranging from racism to adultery, in modern times. A civil rights activist, who in the 1950 was doing, as a woman on her own, what the Black Panthers did ten years later, she was a uniquely versatile performer who recorded jazz soul and pop extensively, whilst being equally comfortable with gospel, folk and show tunes.