Nancy Wilson | Biography

A lady with lots of soul, very few peers as well as a commanding list of achievements and accomplishments, Nancy Wilson is cited as one of the globe’s finest song stylist. Approaching every genre with an entirely different interpretation and feel, Nancy has recorded tracks in more than five diverse music types. 1950s female song stylist and American female pop-soul songster of the 60s, Nancy has released more than fifty albums till date.

Nancy started the journey of her life on 20th of February 1937 as the eldest of 6 children. Her dad, Olden Wilson worked at iron foundry & mom, Lillian Ryan was a domestic worker. Native of Chillicothe, Ohio, USA, Nancy sang in choirs as a child. by the age 4, Nancy was clear about her ambition of being singer. While at the West High School in Columbus, Ohio, Nancy won a talent contest held by local TV station named WTVN, which gave her opportunity to appear on a show called ‘Skyline Melodies’ twice-a-week. Thinking of becoming a teacher, she attended the Central State College, however dropped the college to pursue her original ambition. In 1995, she became member of a band called Carolyn Club Big Band. Along with the band, she toured throughout the Midwest and Canada from 1956 to 1958.

From her first marriage with drummer Kenny Dennis, she has a son named Kenneth Dennis, Jr. the couple divorced in 1970. On 22nd of May 1973, she walked down the aisle with the Reverend Wiley Burton, a Presbyterian minister. The couple gave birth to their first child in 1975. The baby girl was named Samantha Burton. In 1976, they extended their family by adopting a child named Sheryl Burton. She abstained from playing in several venues, like supper clubs, due to her marriage. During this time, she completely focused on her marital life and raising children. She lost her dad and mom in November 1998. In the year 2006, she was hospitalized with potassium deficiency and anemia. After two years, in 2008, she suffered from lung complications and was hospitalized. That same year, her spouse, Burton demisted after suffering from cancer.

Nancy’s debut album “Like in Love” hit the market in 1959. The following year, she released her second album titled, “Something Wonderful”. Before winning her first Grammy in 1964 for the album “How Glad I Am”, she dropped albums like “The Swingin’s Mutual!”, “Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Broadway – My Way”, “Hollywood – My Way” and “Yesterday’s Love Songs/Today’s Blue”. Her 1965’s live album “The Nancy Wilson Show!” included tracks, such as “Fireworks”, “Don’t Take Your Love from Me”, “Don’t Talk Just Sing”, “The Music That Makes Me Dance”, “I’m Beginning to See the Light” and “You Can Have Him” among others. In the seventies, she released albums such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Now I’M a Woman”, “Double Play”, “For Once in My Life”, “Who Can I Turn To”, “Right to love”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Free Again”, “I Know I Love Him”, “All in Love Is Fair”, “Come Get to This”, “This Mother’s Daughter”, “I’ve Never Been to Me”, “Music on My Mind”, “Nancy Naturally” and “Life Love and Harmony”. She won Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 2004’s album “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal). In 2005, she dropped her album titled “Live from Las Vegas” under Capitol. In 2006, she won her third Grammy Award in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album for her album “Turned to Blue”. The album spawned hits, such as “This Is All I Ask”, “Be My Love”, “Taking a Chance on Love” and “I’ll Be Seeing You”.

Nancy has appeared in a number of television shows. She had her own series called “The Nancy Show” which was broadcasted on NBC. The series won an Emmy Award as well. She made appearances as guest in a number of series, such as “I Spy”, “The F.B.I”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “Room 222”, and “Police Story” to name a few. As of 2014, she has a fortune of twelve million dollars. For more information, please visit wiki or browse through her official websites. 

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