Source Extra TV

“Extra” Senior Music Correspondent Adam Weissler recently sat down with singer Annie Lennox to chat about her upcoming album of pop and jazz standards, mostly from the 1930s, titled “Nostalgia.”

The singer opened up about why she chose to do what she’s calling an “unexpected” album, having never before recorded a collection of jazz standards.

Lennox also chatted about the process of selecting songs to cover, including why she chose “Strange Fruit,” a song popularized by singer Billie Holliday which is based on a poem written by Abel Meeropol in 1937 about the lynching of African-Americans in the South.

Annie explained that even though the song is about a specific time in history, she believes its reminder of mankind’s own cruelty, violence and injustice resonates today.

Watch the whole interview video here