Nina Simone was an American singer, pianist, arranger, songwriter and prominent civil rights activist who was skilled in various genres of music such as classical, blues, jazz, R&B, folk, and gospel and pop. Nina had recorded more than 40 albums, most of them between 1958, with her debut album Little Girl Blue and 1974 with a 1958 US hit I Love You, Porgy.
Nina Simone was born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina. She was the sixth child of the local preacher and aspired to be a concert pianist from a very early age. Due to her impressive talent she had massive support in her hometown and got enrolled in the Julliard School of Music in New York. She later dropped out of the school as she was unable to pay the high fees required.