NewsMarlena Shaw, Singer Of ‘California Soul’ Singer, Dies At 81

Marlena Shaw, Singer Of ‘California Soul’ Singer, Dies At 81

The news of Marlena Shaw’s passing was confirmed by her daughter, Marla, in a post to facebook on Jan. 19.

Marlena Shaw, known for her hit song “California Soul,” has died at age 81. The R&B singer’s daughter confirmed the news of her death on Jan. 19. 

In a video post to Facebook, Shaw’s daughter, Marla Bradshaw, whose name on the app is “MarLa The Messenger Bradshaw,” spoke on the passing of her mother.

Bradshaw continued, explaining that further information regarding the singer’s death will be relayed in due time. 

“Obviously, I’m not going to go into too many details,” stated the singer’s daughter on the conditions that led to her mother’s death. “But as her fans, when its needing to be known it will be. Right now, she’s at peace, she’s in heaven, I do know that.”

Not only did the singer’s music help embody the time period, but it also revived labels within the industry. The release of her 1986 album “It Is Love: Recorded Live At Vine St.” under Verve Records helped revive the company, as stated in their own press release following the news of her death. 

“We are saddened by the passing of Marlena Shaw, a wonderful singer whose “California Soul” is as popular today as it ever was and whose album “It Is Love: Recorded Live At Vine St.” helped relaunch the Verve label in 1987,” detailed the record label.

Of one of her most notable hits, “California Soul” has transcended its original decade by being a sampling go-to for the dawn of Hip Hop, being utilized in songs by Gang Starr, DJ Shadow, and  more contemporary artist and producer Diplo.

Source: Black Enterprise


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