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From: "Yancey, Dennis J" <>
Subject: [YANCEY] Ann Yancy - Mother of Marvin J Yancy
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 23:44:47 -0400

Ann Yancy - mother of the late Marvin J Yancy
who was the husband of the famous Natalie Cole.

Ann Yancy Biography

Quote"He that dwell in the secret place of the most high shall abeit under the shadows of the almighty."
Time of YearSummer

Gospel music pioneer Ann Yancy was born on October 29, 1930 in Memphis, Tennessee. Yancy is a product of a deeply religious family, which includes uncles the Reverends Morris and Henry Edmonds; her brother Rev. Samuel Jordon; and her cousin Rev. Daniel Edmonds, all of Memphis, Tennessee.

Yancy is the fourth of seven children born to Leah Edmonds and Elijah Rhodes of Lucy, Tennessee. Yancy graduated from Manasses Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1942, where she resided until 1943, when she moved to Gary, Indiana with her aunt Lassie Blair. Yancy attended Froebel High School and returned to Chicago in 1945.

Yancy's vocal talents were recognized at the age of eight while singing in the junior choir at Pearly Gate Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she later became a member of the Sunshine Band.

In 1948, Yancy married Rev. Robert Yancy, Associate Pastor of Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church. Widowed in 1973, Yancy is the mother of eight, three are ministers, Reverends Kevin, Darryl and the late Rev. Marvin J. Yancy, Derrick, Stevie, Sherwin and Judy Yancy. Her son, Rev. Kevin Yancy, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1980 for producing the Gospel album Rev. Marvin J. Yancy and The Fountain of Life Joy Choir. Reverends Marvin and Kevin Yancy were writers and producers of the Grammy Award nominated gospel recording, Heavy Load in 1985.

Yancy is an intricate part of the rich tapestry of Chicago Gospel music history. She was one of the lead soloists at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the renowned, Sylvia Boddie Gospel Singers. She traveled throughout the United States with R.L. Knowles, The Robert Anderson Singers and Willie Webb and the Roberta Martin Singers. She has appeared on recordings with the Robert Anderson Singers, the Roberta Martin Singers and The Yancy Family Album. Yancy is the founder of The Marvin Yancy Scholarship Foundation, and is a frequent speaker at Gospel conferences and seminars on the history of Gospel music.

Affectionately know as "Mama Yancy", Yancy is the grandmother of twenty-three and great-grand mother of nine.

Yancy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 13, 2007.

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