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Lauryn Hill, Usher Interpret Nina Simone on Upcoming Covers Album

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jun 25, 2015 07:42 PM EDT

With a Netflix documentary coming out June 26, Nina Simone will receive yet another tribute next month, this time in the form of a covers album called Nina Revisited. Three tracks from that compilation feature Lauryn Hill, Usher and Jazmine Sullivan interpreting Simone's songs through their own voices.

The LP, entitled fully Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, is slated to drop July 10 and features covers by Mary J. Blige, Common, Alice Smith, Simone's daughter Lisa and more. Hill, astoundingly, contributed six songs to the disc and previously released her own take on "Feeling Good."

You can stream that tune here.

In a statement, Hill said of her involvement with the production:

"Because I fed on this music, both hers and lovers like her, like my basic food, I believed I always had a right to have a voice. Her example is clearly a form of sustenance to a generation needing to find theirs. What a gift."

Indeed, Ms. Hill.

So, without further ado, here are some examples of what the new album has to offer listeners.

Lauryn Hill, who co-produced the disc, takes on Simone's massive tune "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and brings it into a new realm, taking a piano ballad and expanding it to a "lush" orchestration.

Usher sings "My Baby Just Cares for Me" and turns the standard into a more modern production, flashing his R&B roots juxtaposed with his jazz-esque voice. It's always interesting to see an interpretation such as this.

Finally, Jazmine Sullivan transforms "Baltimore" into a more intense up-stroke, down-stroke reggae tune. This version still holds water like the original.

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