Lauryn Hill Covers Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good' and It's Incredible
By Zach Seemayer
Nina Simone's soulful 1964 classic "Feeling Good" is one of the greatest songs of all time, and despite many covers by a wide range of artists, very few have ever come close to the impact of Simone's stunning voice and the powerful emotion she infused with every note.
Well Lauryn Hill's soulful, sensational rendition might give all previous covers a run for their money.
Released as a single off the upcoming Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone -- which was created to accompany the release of Netflix's upcoming documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? -- Hill manages to capture the bluesy spirit of the original classic while infusing a revamped energy to the song overall.
"Feeling Good" is just one of six Simone songs Hill covers on the upcoming album, which RCA is set to release on July 10. She will also be lending her impressive vocal talents to "I've Got Life," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," " Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," "Wild Is the Wind" and "African Mailman."
In a statement released by RCA, Hill shared her feelings about getting the opportunity to record Simone's songs, saying, "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."
The album will also include tribute covers by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common, Lalah Hathaway, Alice Smith, Jazmine Sullivan, Grace, and Nina Simone's daughter, Broadway actress Lisa Simone.
What Happened, Miss Simone?, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, combines archival footage, rare interviews, and recorded performances. The film will be available June 26 on Netflix. Check out the trailer below.