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Once a week Inspirer will feature a selection of drawings by our staff photographer, Annie Govekar. The drawings are part of the “Nevertheless” portrait project which feature inspiring women and their quotes. This week the “Nevertheless” portraits will be highlighting more women featured in Inspirer’s  Induct These Women” series.

Carole King

Quote taken from CBS News, 2015.

While Carole King wrote or co-wrote many hits throughout the 60’s, the 70’s saw King begin performing her own songs. “Tapestry,” released in 1971, stands as one of the best-selling albums of all time, going beyond platinum to diamond status with more than 10 million copies sold in the United States alone, and more than 25 million copies sold worldwide. The album made King the first solo woman to win a Grammy for Record of the Year, as well as Song of the Year in 1972. “Tapestry” also held the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 on the charts for a female artist for more than 20 years.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://bit.ly/2mKTwaQ

Nina Simone

Quote taken from Nina Simone: Great Performances – Live College Concerts & Interviews, 2009.

From the 1950’s to the late 1970’s, Nina Simone recorded albums, toured and played concert halls around the globe. Her interesting mix of classic piano and jazz, blues, folk, gospel, and pop vocal performances secured her ever-green fans. Pictures and documentaries show her strutting around onstage, dressed in swinging 60’s outfits but with ethnic earring and headbands, her hair natural in the days when it was a statement as much as a style. She recorded approximately 60 albums during her lifetime, including compilations, reissues, and live shows.

View the full Inspirer article here: http://bit.ly/2mihE1o

Cyndi Lauper

Quote taken from NPR.org interview, 2016.

The American singer-songwriter has been a success from the start with her debut album “She’s So Unusual” released in 1983.  The solo album earned her the Best New Artist award in 1985 at the 27th Grammy Awards and and made her the first female artist with an album to have four top-five hits on Billboard Hot 100.  They included “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “All Through the Night,” and “She Bop.”  Her second album in 1986 had a number one and number three hit with “True Colors” and “Change of Heart.”

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://bit.ly/2q2ZvaE

More about the Nevertheless Project:

The “Nevertheless” project is an art project that features a quote and portrait of an inspiring woman every day. The goal of the project is to run for 365 days while inspiring, motivating and educating. The idea for this project came along while I was commiserating over the current state of the world with my friend. I asked “What can I even do?” My friend simply responded with “Your art.”  This resonated with me and the project was started shortly after.  My hope is to lift people up by shinning the light on badass women. Some you may know, some you may not. We would love to hear who inspires you and who you think should be featured.



Annie is a photographer and artist currently residing outside of Philadelphia. She has a degree in media design from the MTSU School of Journalism and got her start doing graphic and merchandise design for the NYC theatre community. She spends most of her free time traveling to theatre, concerts, or creating art. She has an unquenchable thirst to explore all things abandoned and old. Annie also answers to the name of Yoda (a favorite nickname amongst family and friends)

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