Nancy Wilson, Legendary

            Nancy Wilson, the iconic jazz vocalist, self-described “song stylist” and three-time Grammy winner died Thursday at the age of 81.     

Nicknamed “The Girl with the Honey-Coated Voice,” Wilson’s passionate interpretations of torch songs and jazz standards made her a platinum-selling artist and an in-demand concert draw until her retirement in 2011. 

Wilson began her singing career in church at just 4 years old. After winning a talent contest as a high school student, she was briefly given her own local television program before heading out on the road to sing with big bands.

She earned her first Grammy (for best R&B performance) in 1965 for How Glad I Amand later took home the prize for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal) and in 2007 for Turned to Blue. She was honored in 2004 by the National Endowment for the Arts, who bestowed upon her their prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Married twice — first to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970 — she’spreceded in death by her husband Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She leaves behind three children. 
John Legend was one of many stars to pay tribute to the late icon.

She was a magical performer,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.”

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