Rock star Concert Pianist, Powerhouse Keynote Speaker, and 2020 Independent Presidential Candidate
Rock star Concert Pianist, Powerhouse Keynote Speaker, and 2020 Independent Presidential Candidate, Jade Simmons, has led a life marked by innovation and purposeful reinvention. As a world-renowned classical pianist who has played at acclaimed halls such as the White House and US Supreme court, top-ranked transformational speaker, and business leader, she is driven by a desire to influence and inspire people to make the most impact and to be the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible.
She intentionally partners with purpose-based companies and organizations that have a track record of prioritizing the people who work for them and the customers they serve. From kids to corporate… with high- level leaders, college audiences, women’s groups, arts, and faith-based programs in between, the result is always the same. She gets people to bring more of themselves to every single table, every single time.
Jade has built a colorful career characterized by what she calls Maverick Behavior, and on this occasion, she is thrilled to be reminding you that you get to choose the mark you leave on this world!
Please welcome to the stage, Classical Music's "No.1 Maverick,” Jade Simmons.
What do the world’s most renowned stages, the most superlative brands, and the most prestigious conferences have in common? They’re bringing in the one and only Jade Simmons!
Nicknamed Classical Music’s “No. 1 Maverick,” Jade repeatedly defies expectations, delivering riveting performances and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a “musical force of nature,” the Yamaha artist is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. Jade has led a life marked by innovation and reinvention, and when the time called for it when people needed it when there were voids she felt she could fill, she purposefully transformed and diversified her offerings to rise to each occasion. She is also currently living out her directive to become the biggest, boldest, most impactful version of yourself possible by running as an Independent Candidate for President of the United States. Jade founded the movement that is Operation Restoration (www.operationrestoration2020.com). Through it, she seeks to be a part of restoring the fabric of our country which has been ripped to shreds by division. In her quest to serve the nation in this way, she continues on in the business of transformation in hopes of ushering in a new era of purpose, opportunity, and possibility for all Americans.
Jade spent the first few years of her career performing solely as a classical concert pianist. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to using the piano as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, information, and entertainment that profoundly moves them instead. The results have been, well… darn impressive!
The one-of-a-kind artist has built a one-of-a-kind career garnering diverse recognition from unlikely places. She plays renowned halls, including the hallowed ones of the White House and the US Supreme Court, and her genre-bending concert adventures that span Rachmaninoff to Rap attract diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. For her work on and away from the stage, Essence magazine featured Jade alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama as part of their Style & Substance List. As one of the rare classical artists invited to perform at the taste-making South by Southwest Festival, her show was ultimately branded as one of the “Best of SXSW 2014.” She’s starred in a Broadway-style musical called Lillette’s Rhythm Club, and she can be heard portraying Nina Simone’s classical years in the Oscar-nominated documentary, What Happened Miss Simone?
In her inimitable career as a concert pianist and media host, Jade has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and is the new host of shows for both American Public Media and NYC’s top-rated station, WQXR, airing in 2019.
No stranger to pushing boundaries to see bold results, this concert pianist turned world changer is brought in by the likes of the world’s most powerful corporations and institutions to redefine purpose, inspire seismic shifts in mindset, and activate audiences to go out and instantly start living more consequential lives of impact.
Her unique concert experience offers an incredibly diverse mix of repertoire from the Classics to the cutting edge, and diverse audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances.
Ms. Simmons is equally at home performing concerts with orchestra, standard repertoire in traditional settings, and new music in alternative venues. Her touring has taken her across the US extensively in recital with orchestra, highlighted by performances at venues as wide-ranging as Ravinia, the Chicago Sinfonietta in Symphony Hall, New York’s Town Hall, Tarrytown Hall, BAM, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
In addition to powerful performances, Jade is known for engaging pre-concert talks, dynamic kids’ outreach, and informational seminars for aspiring artists. She’s the author of Emerge Already! A Career Guide to Emerging Artists, and academic institutions like the University of Michigan, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Chicago has brought her in for multifaceted artist-residencies that have a far-reaching impact inside and outside of music, on into the surrounding communities.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jade completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University with Sylvia Wang. While there, she went on to become Miss Chicago, Miss Illinois, and ultimately first runner-up at the 2000 Miss America Pageant. For her Master’s degree, Jade studied with Canadian pianist, Jon Kimura Parker, as a Provost Fellow at Rice University in Houston, TX.