Renowned jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw, famous for her hit singles “California Soul” and “Woman of the Ghetto”, passed away at 81 years old on Friday, as confirmed by her daughter in a Facebook video.
“I am deeply saddened to share the news that our dear mother, Marlena Shaw, who was not only an icon but also an artist, has passed away,” announced Marla Bradshaw, her daughter. “She passed away while listening to some of her favorite songs.”
Bradshaw stated that she did not want to provide excessive information, but wanted to reassure her supporters that her mother passed away peacefully and that the family is currently in a state of tranquility.
The artist, known for her contributions to jazz, soul, disco, and R&B, gained fame in the 1960s when she caught the attention of Chess Records. She performed her iconic song “California Soul” for the label before transitioning to a label with a focus on jazz.
Release a statement honoring Shaw’s passing and acknowledging her impact on the label’s legacy.
The label shared on Facebook their sorrow over the death of Marlena Shaw, an exceptional vocalist whose hit song “California Soul” remains just as beloved today as it was in the past. Her album “It Is Love: Recorded Live At Vine St.” also played a significant role in reviving the Verve label back in 1987.
According to Bradshaw, she and her twin sister joyfully observed their birthdays with their mother the day before she passed away. This gave her a last opportunity to be with her loved ones.
“According to my daughter, Miss Shaw has passed away.”