“What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.“
- Name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon (Stage name: Nina Simone)
- Born: February 21, 1933
- Died: April 21, 2003 (Age 70)
- From: Tryon, North Carolina
- Occupation: Musician
- Works: Nina Simone
- Awards: Grammy Hall of Fame
- Fun Fact: Her concert debut, a classical recital, was given when she was 12. Simone later said that during this performance, her parents, who had taken seats in the front row, were forced to move to the back of the hall to make way for white people. She said that she refused to play until her parents were moved back to the front, and that the incident contributed to her later involvement in the civil rights movement.
Eunice Kathleen Waymon , known professionally as 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.
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