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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
He That Dwell In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abeit Under The Shadows Of The Almighty.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1930
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Gospel Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
He That Dwell In The Secret Place Of The Most High Shall Abeit Under The Shadows Of The Almighty.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1930
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Gospel music pioneer Ann Yancy was born on October 29, 1930, in Memphis, Tennessee. Yancy was the product of a deeply religious family, which includes uncles the Reverends Morris and Henry Edmonds; her brother Reverend Samuel Jordon; and her cousin Reverend Daniel Edmonds, all of Memphis, Tennessee. Yancy’s vocal talents were recognized at the age of eight while she was singing in the junior choir at Pearly Gates Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she later became a member of the Sunshine Band.

Yancy was the fourth of seven children born to Leah Edmonds Brown 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 Edmonds Blair. Yancy attended Friederich Froebel High School and returned to Chicago in 1945.

In 1948, Yancy married Rev. Robert Yancy, Associate Pastor of Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church; she was widowed in 1973. Yancy and her husband had eight children (three became ministers): Reverends Kevin, and Darryl, the late Reverend Marvin J. Yancy, Derrick, Stevie, Sherwin, and Judy Yancy. Reverend 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 the writers and producers of the Grammy Award nominated gospel recording, Heavy Load in 1985.

Yancy was 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. Yancy traveled throughout the United States with R.L. Knowles, The Robert Anderson Singers, and Willie Webb and the Roberta Martin Singers. Yancy appeared on recordings with the Robert Anderson Singers, the Roberta Martin Singers, and The Yancy Family Album. Yancy founded The Marvin Yancy Scholarship Foundation, and frequently spoke at Gospel conferences and seminars on the history of Gospel music.

Yancy passed away on March 12, 2018 at age 87.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ann Yancy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy talks about her brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy describes her family's living situation in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ann Yancy recalls her childhood at her maternal grandparents' home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ann Yancy remembers her community in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls her maternal grandmother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy remembers her childhood friend from Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois and Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy remembers Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers living with her aunt in Gary, Indiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy remembers living with her aunt in Gary, Indiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy remembers returning to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ann Yancy remembers teaching Sunday school as a young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ann Yancy reflects upon the church's understanding of younger generations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls her positions at Weiboldt's and Eastman Kodak Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her living situations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes her early singing career in the church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy recalls singing at the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers marrying Robert Yancy, Sr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes the gospel performances at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy remembers her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes the choral programs at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy recalls her homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes the choral programs at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy recalls lessons from Reverend Louis Boddie
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy describes her husband's pastoral career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy lists her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy remembers the Cabrini-Green Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy describes her work at the Holy Family Head Start in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her sons' interest in music, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy recalls how her son, Marvin Yancy, became a minister
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy talks about her sons' songs, 'Sign Me Up' and 'Heavy Load'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy describes her sons' interest in music, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy remembers her husband and son's deaths
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ann Yancy describes the Marvin Yancy Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ann Yancy reflects upon her experience of gospel music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ann Yancy recalls the gospel singers with whom she performed
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ann Yancy describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ann Yancy reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ann Yancy describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ann Yancy shares her favorite scripture and gospel song
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ann Yancy narrates her photographs