In celebration of the highly anticipated Netflix original documentary “What, Happened, Miss Simone?,” REVIVE Music/RCA Records are proud to announce the July 10th release of NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone album. The 16-track album pays homage to the legendary Nina Simone with re-worked renditions of some of her most popular songs by artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Common, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Lisa Simone (daughter of Nina Simone), newcomer Grace, Alice Smith, Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway.
NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, was produced by Jayson Jackson, Suzette Williams and Peter Edge, Grammy Award winners Robert Glasper, who cites Nina Simone as “one of the most important and influential artist ever,” and Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Highlighting Nina Simone’s importance to the civil rights movement of the 60s/70s, political and civil rights icon Angela Davis crafted incredibly moving liner notes in support of the release. The graphic cover art references a red balloon Ms. Simone carried to Marin County Jail while visiting a then incarcerated Ms. Davis sometime in 1971.
All of the renewed interest around what some say might have been the greatest performer of all time, revolves around the highly anticipated Netflix original documentary “What, Happened, Miss Simone?” The film, releasing on Netflix June 26th, produced by Jayson Jackson, Justin Wilkes and Amy Hobby is the first film ever made on the fiery chanteuse fully supported and approved by her Estate. Jackson bridged the story behind the documentary to the idea of creating the tribute album by utilizing a long-standing relationship with Nina Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone and the Estate. Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus explores the classically-trained pianist, black power icon and legendary recording artist through never-before-heard audio tapes recorded over the course of three decades, of Nina telling her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers.
NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone was primarily recorded at Blast Off Productions utilizing HP’s Z workstation technology – an alliance was born from HP’s POWER UP initiative to celebrate art and innovation – with additional recording and mixing at Red Bull Studios in NYC.
Nina Simone is truly one of the greatest talents in musical history and with NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, REVIVE Music/RCA Records hope to celebrate the music, career and life of the legendary musician.
"That the album changes so much, though, is strangely its own form of tribute. Simone's albums were inherently eclectic, as she often switched genres from song to song, and sometimes within one song itself. In the end, listeners might leave wondering how Hill would have carried the weight of a full Simone tribute album by herself (as artists like Meshell Ndegeocello and Xiu Xiu have done), but more appropriately, we close with Simone on her own terms — the voice that set these artists, and the nation, musically free in the first place." — NPR First Listen
"... [Ms. Lauryn Hill has] transformed the arrangements of these classic songs to nearly the same degree that Simone did on her own versions." — New York Daily News