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Simone: Simone on Simone

“I would like to introduce my daughter,” says Nina Simone on the opening cut of this album, bringing on a young woman born Lisa Celeste Stroud and then playing piano behind her on “Music for Lovers.” Stroud took the single stage name Simone in tribute to her mother, and Simone on Simone, her debut album at age 45, is also a tribute. Prior to it, Simone both carved her own place in show business and occasionally took advantage of her lineage. She built up a career in musical theater, appearing in national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent and Aida before making her Broadway debut as a replacement cast member in Aida. And she toured in a show called “Daughters of Soul” with other offspring of famous performers. On Simone on Simone, she sings many songs recorded by her mother (but not many of her mother’s better known songs).

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