At House of Coco we feel that music makes the world go around and we love getting our fix of soul music anytime we can. Tomorrow night (19th January 2016) we will be doing just that thanks to Lisa Simone (only child of the great Dr Nina Simone) who will take up a 3 night residency at Boisdale in Canary Wharf with her full live band, these being the only UK dates on her tour for her new album, out March 5th.
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. Lisa 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, Lisa took out its First National Tour in the role of MIMI MARQUEZ, garnering nominations for both the HELEN HAYES and JEFFERSON AWARDS.
Lisa 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.
Lisa 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, entitled SIMONE ON SIMONE.
Lisa Simone is on tour supporting her album ALL IS WELL, currently number 4 on FNAC’s jazz charts, to sold out venues across Europe. She was recently a featured guest on France’s MICHEL DRUCKER show, and will be recording a sophomore Nina Simone Tribute Album with the Tromso Big Band, live at The Edge in Tromso, Norway, January 2015.