Stand up Straight and Sing!

Stand up Straight and Sing!

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One of America's most admired and decorated artists tells her amazing story, from her childhood in the South to the world's greatest stages.

Jessye Norman is not only one of the world's most admired and beloved singers, she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and dramatic as the great operatic roles she has performed on stage.

Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, nurtured in a close family and tight-knit community centered around the church, she studied the piano and sang the songs of her childhood, not dreaming that this passion for music might lead to her life's profession.

In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South, but also as an adult out and about in the world.
She speaks of the many who have inspired her and taught her essential life lessons. A special interlude on her key relationship with the pioneering African American singer Marian Anderson reveals the lifelong support that this great predecessor provided through her example of dignity and grace at all times.

The story of one woman’s astonishing life, Stand Up Straight And Sing! is not just for lovers of music, but for everyone.

One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from the segregated south to the world's greatest stages. 



Baker & Taylor
The Grammy Award-winning opera star describes her childhood in the segregated South, the community values and role models that shaped her ambitions, her meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera and the accomplishments that have established her as one of America's most decorated singing artists. 75,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The opera star describes her childhood in the segregated South, the values that shaped her ambitions, her meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, and the accomplishments that have established her as one of America's most decorated singers.

Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014
ISBN: 9780544003408
Branch Call Number: 782.1092 NOR
Characteristics: xx, 316 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.

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