PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Motown Actress and Soul Singer Morgan James Shares Her Musical Inspirations

By Michael Gioia
04 Sep 2013

"Save Me" (The high priestess of soul: Nina Simone). I must start with my idol, Nina Simone. One of those most magical and soulful singers of all time — a masterful interpreter of song. In addition, she was a fiery, passionate creator and activist. I had the pleasure of recording my debut album, "Morgan James Live: A Celebration of Nina Simone," so I am very partial. One of my favorite songs is "Save Me" written by… Aretha!