Emerging R&B star Leah Jenea has simply launched a tribute challenge to the good Nina Simone along with her new EP “Leah Meets Nina”.
The launch comes on the late legend’s birthday, and places a contemporary twist on a few of her timeless music. In Leah’s personal phrases:
As a young girl I fell in love with Nina Simone’s unapologetic attitude and her determination as a black woman to push the culture forward. She was such a genuine soul and an inspiration as an artist. Nina was raw, unfiltered, and a lot stronger than most. When I watch clips of Ms. Simone, I feel empowered! I wanted to pay homage to the late and great Nina Simone by merging her classic songs with my own little twist. I am honored to present my EP titled “Leah Meets Nina”; on what would have been her 86th birthday.
Leah has been mentored by legendary producer and Naughty by Nature member DJ Kay Gee. He helped her craft this conceptual physique of labor that blends Leah’s authentic materials with samples of Nina Simone’s greatest classics.
The singer began her rise to fame last Summer after making the final on TV show The Four.