Announced today, September 19, singer Meshell Ndegeocello, has debuted her new music video for her rendition of "Suzanne," on USA Today September 18. Meshell has covered a lot of ground as a woman in the music world and has been the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player, as well as having the longevity of writing and fronting her band's music. The cover of "Suzanne" is pulled from her critically acclaimed album, Pour une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone. The history of "Suzanne" is rich, having been written by one of the greatest singers and songwriters of his generation, Leonard Cohen. In 1967, Nina Simone gave her style to it on studio album, To Love Somebody. Meshell's inspiration came from the lyrics, the reference of Suzanne's "place by the river," and encouraged her to interact with her fans more closely.
Watch the video for "Suzanne" as premiered on USA Today, HERE. To watch the video correctly, click on the video tab section in the upper left-hand corner of this article.
For Meshell's video for Suzanne, she had fans submit photos of their "places" in the world, which created the visual backdrop for the video. Joining her for the recording of this album were Chris Bruce on guitar, Jebin Bruni on keys, and Deantoni Parks on drums. Iconic guests on the album included Sinead O'Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon and Cody Chestnutt. Pour une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone released late last year, and is in consideration for Grammy for this year. Meshell's current tour dates are:
9/28 - Boston, MA @ Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Multi Act Festival
10/5 - Simi Valley, CA @ RAJ 13 - The Festival of Rhythm & Joy
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