Soprano Diva Jessye Norman Goes Back to Her Roots

Soprano Opera Diva Jessye Norman Releases Her First Single Album

Premier opera soprano diva Jessye Norman has gone back to her childhood roots and released her first solo gospel-jazz-folk album of familiar American music entitled "Roots: My Life, My Song."

"This music has been playing in my spirit and in my soul all of my life," she says, "and I was remembering all of the things I used to listen to as a child."

Listen to samples from her album on the NPR Music link below:

"God's Gonna Cut You Down"

"It Don't Mean a Thing"

"Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen"

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I enjoyed reading your article and viewing your selection of videos. Thumbs up

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Ralph - this is wonderful! I love Norman. One of my biggest regrets is that I found on a second-hand CD stall a boxed set of Norman's work (about six CDs, if my memory serves me well) and I thought I would come back to get it. Of course, when I went back it was gone, and I've never seen it again. Woe is me! As they say, stike while the iron...or something!

Love and peace


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Just had to come back and say that I have just listened to the songs on the NPR link you provided and they are so utterly stunning I will have to go get this album. Probably have to put myself in hock for a long time considering the poor state of my cash flow right now - but it will be worth it!

Thanks for the heads up about this album'

Love and peace


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

Thanks Ralph, good stuff!

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

What a fabulous voice. Powerful but not one of those screeching sopranos

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