American musician and singer Nancy Wilson, who has had a music career spanning more than 50 years, passed away at the age of 81. The news of her death was shared by her long time manager. The artist had retired from touring in 2011 and passed away after prolonged illness at her home in Pioneer Town which is a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park.
Nancy had various inspirations and covered everything from Jazz standards to Little Green apples. During the 1960s alone released eight album that reached the top 20 at the Billboard’s top charts. At the same time she refrained to being identified in the single category especially in Jazz and referred to herself as a song stylist. Wilson was introduced to the Grammy in 1965 with How Glad I Am for Best R&B Performance and later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for R.S.V.P and in 2007 for Turned to Blue.
She was also awarded with the National Endowment for the Arts with a Jazz Master Fellowship in 2004 for lifetime achievement. The singer has also had a busy career in Television, radio and film and some of her credits include Hawaii Five-O, Police Story and many years while hosting Jazz Profiles series. She was also active in civil rights moments including the Selma march of 1965 and received NAACP image Award in 1998.
Nancy Wilson got married twice, once to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970 and then to Wiley Burton who passed away in 2008. The singer is survived by her son Kacy Dennis, daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton, sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren. The family in a statement said that there will not be a funeral service which is in accordance with Wilson’s wishes. But a celebration of her life will be held most likely in February the month of her birth.
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