The "High Priestess of Soul" was a gifted singer, pianist and writer who refused to be bound by genre labels. She was equally at home performing jazz, blues, classical, R&B, pop, gospel, and world music as well as soul.
Nina Simone dreamed of becoming the first Black female classical pianist.
The most transcendent artist to come out of the soul genre.
The Queen of Soul.
The King of Soul and Stax Records' greatest icon.
Soul music's unassuming everyman.
Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.
The Reverend Al
One of the greatest composers and performers of soul ever.
Writer, producer, performer and self-titled "Black Moses."
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.