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Jackie Shane, Grammy-Nominated Transgender Soul Singer, Dies At Age 78

Updated On 24 Feb, 2019 Published On

Jackie Shane, a Grammy-nominated transgender soul singer best known as a pioneering musician in Toronto, has died. She was 78. She packed out nightclubs in the city of Canada in the 1960s.

The exact cause of her death has not been disclosed. However, sources report that she passed away in her sleep earlier this week in Nashville.

Jackie became a musical mystery after suddenly disappearing in 1971. However, her legacy lived on among vinyl collectors and music historians.

Just several weeks ago, the transgender pioneer was nominated for best historical album for her song Any Other Way at the Grammys 2019.

Douglas Mcgowan, the Numero Group A&R scout, released a statement to pay tribute to the late singer, saying that she was humbled by her recent acclaim.

The statement reads,

Jackie didn’t do what she did for anyone’s else’s approval. She was here to entertain, but also to educate and inspire. She lived entirely on her own terms. She taught me so many things about self-respect and grace under difficult circumstances. I believe that she was a visionary who will never be forgotten, and will be recognized by more and more people as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. I’ll never know anyone else like Jackie.

Funeral and memorial services for the late transgender musician will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Jackie Shane!

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