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The late singer-pianist Nina Simone was one of the most unique performers in music, crossing over such idioms as jazz, soul, R&B, pop, funk, protest music, folk, vintage blues and other unclassifiable styles. Her daughter Simone has recently emerged as a powerful singer herself but she has no need or desire to merely copy her famous mother, even when paying tribute to her. Lisa Celeste Stroud, who uses the name Simone in her performances, grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., New York City and North Carolina. She also spent time living with her mother in Barbados and Liberia before attending boarding school in Switzerland. She was an engineering assistant in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, occasionally singing in West Germany as Simone.

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