Anita Jackson Sings Nina Simone – Legacy
Anita Jackson’s versatility is amazing. Whether it’s jazz, R & B, pop, or Broadway – she nails it. No stranger to St. Louis area audiences, this gifted singer/actress has performed with leading St. Louis theaters (award-nominated performances), in multiple solo evenings at Jazz St. Louis, The Sheldon Concert Hall, and too many clubs and concert venues to count. For this special cabaret performance co-created by Anita and The Cabaret Project’s Artistic Director Tim Schall, Anita’s lends her multiple gifts to paying tribute to the legacy of the legendary Nina Simone: singer, musician, and activist whose artistic and personal journey is historic, brilliant, joyful, turbulent and ultimately groundbreaking. Known for her recordings of I Put A Spell On You, I Loves You Porgy, My Baby Just Cares For Me, and Mississippi Goddam, among others, Simone fought sexism, racism and challenged expectations of audiences and critics alike. Hers is a uniquely American story.
Anita Jackson started her career at The American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York. She then performed on Broadway and has toured nationally and internationally in theater productions, concerts, and workshops. She performed as a background vocalist for some of the most iconic recording artists of our time, such as Bette Midler (on Midler’s Grammy-winning 1991 Song of the Year “From a Distance”), Patti Austin, Mariah Carey most notably Cissy and Whitney Houston. She is the perfect artist to bring Nina Simone’s legacy back to life.