Grammy-Nominated Transgender Soul Singer Jackie Shane Dies at 78

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Soul singer Jackie Shane has died, in response to her label Numero Group. The transgender pioneer was simply nominated for finest historic album for her field set Any Other Way on the 2019 Grammys. The singer died in her sleep earlier this week. She was 78.

Numero Group A&R scout Douglas Mcgowan mentioned Shane was humbled by her current acclaim. "Jackie didn’t do what she did for anybody’s else’s approval. She was right here to entertain, but in addition to teach and encourage. She lived fully on her personal phrases. She taught me so many issues about self-respect and beauty below troublesome circumstances,” he mentioned. “I imagine that she was a visionary who won't ever be forgotten, and will likely be acknowledged by increasingly folks as one of many best soul singers of all time. I’ll by no means know anybody else like Jackie."

Born in 1940 and raised within the South, Shane knew she was a girl by the point she was 13. “Even in class, I by no means had any issues,” Shane mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this 12 months. “People have accepted me.”

She relocated to Toronto the place she carried out in golf equipment and have become a cultural icon of kinds. She grew to become an originator of Toronto’s R&B sound and was courted by A-list labels (she turned down offers with Motown and Atlantic). In 1971, Shane left the music enterprise and spent a long time in semi-seclusion. She is commemorated on a large 20-story musical mural in Toronto with different influential musicians, together with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Ronnie Hawkins and Gordon Lightfoot.