Jade Simmons is glad to be back in Baton Rouge for the National Debose Piano Competition. She performed and served as the artist in residence during the competition which was held April 15 and 16 at Southern University.
Simmons is one of only a few African American professional concert pianist. She was also the first runner up at the 2000 Miss America Pageant. The Charleston, South Carollina native earned a bachelors from Northwestern University and a master's from Rice University.
Members of the board of the Debose Foundation recently hosted a dinner in Simmons honor at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on Harding Boulevard.
It was a lively dinner with soul food and lots of laughter as the group enjoyed chatting about a variety of topics and getting to know Simmons whom they've adopted a little bit better.
Simmons says her mission is to increase the number of Blacks in her profession so she's always happy to perform in front of African Americans and other minority groups.