News from the world – United States – ‘I Am Woman’ singer and activist Helen Reddy, deceased at 78


Helen Reddy, the Australian singer whose early’ 70s song « I Am Woman » served as an uplifting feminist anthem for generations, has passed away Her children, Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers, have confirmed the news via her official Facebook page on Tuesday She was 78 years old

« It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, » they wrote in the statement « She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly wonderful woman Our hearts are broken But we take comfort in knowing that her voice will live on forever »

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Reddy grew up in a show biz family with actor parents.She performed as a child and later won a singing competition that brought her to New York City to audition for a recording contract Although this situation did not materialize, she chose to stay in the US and signed to Capitol Records She recorded several singles, which climbed the charts

In the 1970s, several of her songs made it to the Top 40, three of which were ranked number one, including her enduring hit « I Am Woman » The song won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Her other successful hits include her portrayal of Alex Harvey’s « Delta Dawn » and Alan O’Day’s « Angie Baby » In 1974 she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

But before her success and fame, she struggled as a single mom in New York City, then moved to Chicago with her husband and then-manager Jeff Wald, where she released the single. « One Way Ticket » on Fontana, which modestly mapped in her native Australia

Their move to Los Angeles proved more fruitful It was there that she signed with Capitol and released her landmark song, « I Am Woman, » which she co-wrote with Ray Burton Inspired by her involvement in the women’s movement, she didn’t make waves initially, but the song gained popularity and eventually climbed to the top of the charts, making her the first Australian singer to reach number. one from the US, And it also won her a Grammy During her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards, she thanked « God, because she makes everything possible »

In the 1980s she moved to the MCA, where she released two albums, Play Me Out in 1981 and Imagination in 1983 Her subsequent musical releases included albums of Nineties Feel So Young on her own label, a Center Stage. focused on live music and in 2000 released the holiday album, The Best Christmas Ever

Beyond his recording honors, Reddy has also starred in film and television, appearing on shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Muppet Show, and hosted his own show The Helen Reddy Show. In film, she starred in Pete’s Dragon where her song « Candle on the Water » earned her an Oscar nomination for best song Her role in Airport 1975 earned her a Golden Globe nomination Her career has also spanned the musical theater, including her stint as Mrs. Johnstone in the Blood Brothers which opened on Broadway and the West End in the 90s

She announced her retirement from the stage in 2002, but returned to the stage a decade later for some unique performances.In 2017, she performed for a new generation of women who were raised to her trademark tune when she performed it a cappella alongside actress Jamie Lee Curtis and other celebrities at the 2017 Women’s March

In 2015, she was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald A Biopic of Her Life directed by Unjoo Moon, aptly titled I Am Woman, which stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall It is available via streaming services

Helen Reddy, I am a woman

News from the world – United States – Helen Reddy, singer and activist of « I am a woman », deceased at 78 years old



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