Tryon, North Carolina
Simone originally aspired to be a concert pianist and despite her success in jazz, she employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, blues, folk, gospel, and pop.
Her music often carried a socio-political message. Popular songs like “Mississippi Goddamn,” “Four Women,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” are regarded as protest songs.
Simone has received several awards and honorary degrees. A statue in her honor was erected in Tryon in 2010.
“I Put a Spell On You”