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Dianne Reeves: Nina Simone Paid Heavy Price For Artistic Freedom

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Last year Simone (Lisa Simone Kelly), the daughter of singer Nina Simone paid homage to her iconic mother on Mother's Day with the re-launch of NinaSimone.com. Serving as the executor of her mother's estate, Simone plans to feature exclusive content including unreleased songs, video performances, a 24-7 Internet radio station, interviews and guest commentary, among other things. "As her only child, I have a unique vision compared to anyone else walking this earth," she told us earlier this year. "So a lot of what we're bringing to the site is from my perspective."

"They say 'the more things change, the more they stay the same.' Considering I am walking so closely in my mother's footsteps, that adage certainly applies, yet the subtle differences between Mommy's time and mine are vast," she added on the newly revamped site. "The best of her lives on in me and when I pass on, the best of us will live on in my little girl as she carries on the Legacy Simone." Next week the site will feature the fourth installment in its celebrity blog series from Grammy Award-winning Jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves. Check out Reeves' blog excerpt below.

"When I first heard Nina Simone, her naked truth shocked me. Whenever she sang it felt like lightning bolts in my soul. Every song was like a movie, a unique and very different vignette. From the creation of the soundtrack of her peoples struggle, to songs of justice, innocence and lunacy to the limitless facets of love, she examined the total human condition. Nina Simone is a musical genius and a rich and precious treasure, who paid a heavy price for her artistic freedom." ~Dianne Reeves

Head over to the site on January 11 to view Dianne Reeves' posting in its entirety.