Legendary singer and songwriter Nina Simone’s life was honored Friday throughout a tribute held at The Piedmont Membership in Spartanburg.
The tribute was a part of a profit to assist elevate funds for scholarships to be awarded to highschool college students in 2020 who attend New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Campobello. Lillie McCain, who attends the church, invited Future Stone of Salisbury, North Carolina, to carry out a few of Simone’s songs, together with “4 Girls.”
“We’re celebrating tonight Nina Simone’s place in historical past,” McCain mentioned. “After I first moved right here from Michigan 4 years in the past, I realized that Nina Simone was from Tryon, N.C. I used to be shocked that some folks had by no means heard of her. I acquired the concept to carry an occasion to have a scholarship program. We will not pay college students’ tuition, however we wished to indicate them we wished to assist develop their abilities, and it appeared acceptable to have the occasion throughout Black Historical past Month.”
The occasion will grow to be an annual fundraiser that may invite different church buildings to take part. McCain mentioned she heard Stone carry out on the Tryon Wonderful Arts Heart and knew she was your best option to assist have fun Simone’s music.
Stone, 21, is a local of Holly Spring, Mississippi. She graduated from Catawba School this previous December, the place she studied widespread music and worship arts. She has carried out her program “Nina Now” a number of occasions already on the arts heart.
On Friday, she carried out 10 songs by Simone and 5 songs that had been originals. She has large goals to journey the world sharing her musical abilities with others. Stone lives in Salisbury and teaches music at Woodhill Elementary Faculty in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Her first studio challenge, launched in 2015 throughout her senior 12 months of highschool, was her album “Journey.” Stone has all the time admired Simone’s work.
“I simply grew to like her classical coaching and distinctive sound,” Stone mentioned. “Her music was simply phenomenal.”
Crys Armbrust, founder and board chairman of the Nina Simone Mission, was among the many visitors Friday evening. He considers Simone one of many biggest singers of all time.
“We’re gathered to acknowledge and honor the work and lifetime of Nina Simone,” Armbrust mentioned. “Future is an outstanding younger artist who brings Simone’s music to life.”