Simone's innate musicality informed a musical path which began in classical piano at age 6. She realized early that music was a powerful way of expressing emotion and it became an integral part of who she was as a person. Mature interpretive and technical abilities caught the attention of teachers and she was deemed an outstanding natural talent. As a youngster, Simone enthusiastically volunteered for anything musical - from piano performance competitions where she frequently placed in the Top 5 (often the youngest in her group), to school concert & stage bands, high school musical theatre productions (& leading the pit-band), to accompanying school choirs and solo instrumental Royal Conservatory exams, to summer jobs as Musical Director for musical theatre.
With numerous musical experiences already under her belt, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University (Toronto). While at York, she discovered her voice in a life-changing way. As a member of, and soloist in, the University's Jazz Choir ("Wibijazz'n'”), the joy of singing caused her to re-focus, hone her chops, and begin her lifelong path as a vocalist. A born-communicator, Simone felt she'd found the ideal form of musical expression for her.
Simone is known for soulful takes on life and love, drawing on the early influence of Ray Charles, Etta James, Aretha Franklin & Joni Mitchell, alongside her favourite women in jazz - Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Yet she has carved her own way on the jazz scene with a unique timbre, a natural sultry allure, and an honest raw connection to music evident in every note. She treats an audience to a refreshingly ‘dig-deep’ kind of conversation, serenading the room in her velvety sweet-vibes.
Simone is celebrating the worldwide release of her all-original debut album "Settling Up" (November 2, 2018), co-written with long-time guitarist, Mike Freedman. "Settling Up" hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts upon its release, as well as #1 on the Earshot National Jazz Chart.