Cody ChesnuTT discusses influence of Nina Simone, tribute project with Meshell Ndegeocello [Video]

Cody ChesnuTT is known for his soulful, heartfelt sounds, and he counts the incomparable Nina Simone as one of his foremost musical influences. The Atlanta-born singer recently sat down and, on his own accord, discussed Simone’s significance and his participation in Meshell Ndegeocello‘s album-length tribute to her.

ChesnuTT called Simone “an amazing champion” and credited her for his bravery in expressing his whatever it he’s feeling through his own music.

“She inspired me to be pure with my songs and my thoughts and my lyrics,” he said, “and be able to stand on what it is I’m committed to and whatever my convictions are and be fearless in presenting that to people.”

He said that although he was reluctant to be a part of Ndegeocello’s tribute album Pour Une Âme Souveraine, which is French for “for a sovereign soul,” Simone’s own “sovereign soul” and “supreme spirit” compelled him to lend his talents, and he’s happy he decided to do it.

“I thought it was a great experience,” he said. “[Meshell’s] team is extremely creative, very talented and open-hearted. And they’re very understanding of what the music requires and needs, so it was a pretty easy experience.”

For more on ChesnuTT’s thoughts on Simone and his Pour Une Âme Souveraine experience, watch the full statement below.

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