The world has gained another talented angel. Grammy-winning jazz singer and legend Nancy Wilson has sadly passed away. Wilson reportedly died peacefully in her home on Thursday (Dec. 13) after suffering from a long illness, her manager, Devra Hall Levy confirms.
While Wilson originally entered the music industry with a focus on R&B music, she later showcased her talent on jazz ballads. She made her debut in 1961 with the single "Guess Who I Saw Today." Her breakout hit came in 1964 on "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also earned her her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. She would later win two more Grammys in 2005 and 2007.
In the 1990s, Wilson was cast as the host of NPR's "Jazz Profiles," a documentary series featuring jazz legends. She later retired in 2011, after nearly six decades in the performing business. She attributed her departure to wanting to spend time with her family. It is unclear what illness Wilson was suffering from at the time of her death.
John Legend was among the many artists who mourned the loss on social media Friday morning (Dec. 14). "So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person," he wrote.
Wilson is survived by her three children and five grandchildren. Per her request, there will be no funeral service. Her family will hold a celebration of life ceremony in Feb. 2019 instead.
So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2018