Valerie Simpson is a survivor!
She has been in the business for over 40 years. Much of that with her long time spouse and writing partner Nick Ashford. Nick passed away last summer after a fight with cancer.
“Dinosaurs Are Coming Back ” is Simpson’s first solo album in over four decades and follows the death last year of her husband and longtime musical partner, Nick Ashford. “My honey put his heart and soul and some powerful lyrics into this album for me. I think Nick would be very pleased and proud of how it came out,” commented Simpson. “Dinosaurs”, produced by Ashford & Simpson, includes guest appearances by Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. It also includes the Ashford & Simpson classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in instrumental form.
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The Ashford & Simpson name still lives on. Ashford & Simpson are one of the most successful songwriting duos of all time. With an unprecedented catalog of hit songs, 22 gold and platinum records and members of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, they have written and performed songs that have become the soundtrack of our lives. Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Diana Ross have all soared on the charts to their melodies.
You’ve talked about Nick’s passing as just “one step at a time.” What has been the most difficult part?
Just realizing that you had something that was so perfect. I was so fortunate to have someone who allowed me to be totally myself. He would say he didn’t feel married. Even though we were together all the time, there was a great freedom in the relationship. Yet he was somebody who would hold my hand in the car. He was so romantic. A very romantic man. He was so good looking and just such a great guy. It really was kind of storybook. I didn’t think about it at the time. I miss the companionship.
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