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Lisa Simone Kelly, better known as Simone and Lisa Simone on Broadway and in entertainment circles, is a USAF veteran, singer, composer, Grammy award nominee, award winning actress, and only child of Dr. Nina Simone. Her career in the entertainment industry began over 20 years ago in Frankfurt Germany, while serving her country. Kelly not only originated the Disney roles of both Aida (Aida), and Nala (Lion King), she won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the lead role of Aida while heading up its First National Tour, and continued in the role at NY’s Palace Theatre to much critical acclaim (Variety/Billboard), until the death of her mother in 2003. A member of The Original Broadway cast of Rent, Kelly took out its First National Tour in the role of Mimi Marquez, garnering nominations for both the Helen Hayes and Jefferson Awards. Kelly was nominated for a Grammy Award, as a member of Liquid Soul, for their album Here’s the Deal, and has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls and Australia’s Sydney Opera House alongside Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Odetta, and Tracy Chapman, to headlining worldwide jazz festivals in Telluride CO, Montreaux, North Sea, and Paris. Kelly was a featured performer on the soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls, and topped the jazz charts with her Big Band tribute album to her mother, entitledSimone on Simone. Her last tour supported her album All is Well, which hit number 4 on FNAC’s jazz charts. She is currently promoting her latest album, My World.
What Happened Miss Simone
What Happened Miss Simone? is a passionate and insightful documentary that explores the life of Nina Simone. A genius, classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, Black power icon and legendary recording artist who lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy.