Jessye Norman husband: Jessye Norman was never married.
When asked, “Does Jessye Norman have children?” She likes to reply: “Yes, I have 96!”
And those children were her students, ages 11 to 15, at the tuition-free after-school arts program Jessye Norman School for the Arts which she co-founded in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia.
Jessye Norman husband: Was Jessye Norman married, children?
There was never a Jessye Norman husband. In her memoir she writes about the men who ever existed in her life:
“I love my men friends. Every single one.
Before her death, Jessye Norman, the international opera star, recognized Augusta, Ga which since 2003 has been home to her Jessye Norman School for the Arts, as where she’s from.
She grew up Berlin, Germany.
The title of her first book, a memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), came from her mother’s admonition, back when she was 7 or 8 and a Brownie and going on stage to sing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam or something like that.
And decades after her mom’s death, Norman said she could hear her mother’s voice “whenever I start slumping a little bit.”
As a child in Augusta, the four-time Grammy Award winner grew up with four siblings.
Her mother, Janie, was a teacher who quit teaching to raise her children. Her father, Silas, was a mechanic on the Georgia Railroad who, after being shut out of an all-white union, became a salesman for a black-owned life insurance company.
Norman sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic at Marshall’s funeral in 1993 and Schubert’s Ave Maria at the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis a year later in 1994
Jessye Norman death happened September 30, 2019, at the age of 74 of septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015.
She died in Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, New York.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Norman’s family said she died at 7:54 a.m surrounded by loved ones.
Jessye Norman family statement read:
“We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy.
We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education.”
May her soul rest in perfect peace.