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Yanick Etienne-Emile
  • June 17, 1958
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  • March 30, 2022

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On March 30th, 2022, Yanick Etienne-Emile, beloved sister, mother, and friend, passed away in Gainesville, Florida, at the age of 63. The woman who lifted the world’s heart with her voice passed away, surrounded by loved ones singing and praising God around her.

Yanick was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1958 to Pierre and Marguerite Etienne. She and her family emigrated in stages to the United States and were reunited in June 1970, where they built a new life in Brooklyn, New York. While in New York, Yanick graduated from Kingsborough Community College and took the first steps toward a fulfilling music career.

A singer and songwriter, Yanick was best known for her work with Bryan Ferry and the British rock band Roxy Music through the 80s and 90s. As a solo artist, she released two albums: the first with the support of producer, composer, and arranger Dernst Emile and the second with her Grammy and Oscar award-winning son, Dernst Emile II (professionally known as D’Mile). Yanick never stopped performing, and in the later years of her life, she found a unique purpose in supporting her local church’s worship team. Her faith in God and her musical legacy lives on through her two children, of whom she was always proud.

Yanick had a penchant for language beyond the songs she had written. She was an avid reader and writer. She was fluent in English, Haitian Kreyòl, & French. Yanick utilized her command of those languages to work serving the Haitian community as a language interpreter. On a typical day, you could find Yanick on her morning walk with her sister and confidant, Carolle, or amongst her beloved church family. Maybe you’d even find her watching a science fiction movie, sharing a word of wisdom, or interacting with her fans on social media.

Yanick Etienne-Emile was preceded in death by her parents and her eldest brother, Weston. She is survived by a husband, two children and their partners, and four siblings.

Yanick was a woman who loved as fiercely as she lived. She was full of gratitude for every day that came. Her laughter will be missed at every gathering of her loved ones. Yanick’s request before her transition was that her loved ones would celebrate her passing with food, music, and laughter rather than tears.

A celebration of Yanick’s life will be held at New Covenant Alliance Church. 160 Marion Oaks Course, Ocala, Florida 34473 on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10 AM-12:30 PM with a reception to follow.

In place of flowers, her family requests that you make a donation in Yanick’s name to the Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans (ECANA) or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.


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  1. Ruth Montgomery-Andersen lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:22:17 PM

  2. Guy Angrand says:
    07 Apr 2022
    I can imagine you singing with beautiful songs on this grand voyage.
    Bonne route Yanick et ce n'est qu'un au revoir.
    Guy Angrand
    former HASA ALUMNI member.

  3. Nicole Correa says:
    07 Apr 2022
    I'll never forget your smile or your voice. I'll never forget the smile you had on your face and how you hugged me the last time I saw you I'm glad you're in a better place sweet lady. Rest in the arms of our Lord.

  4. Janine Tyler says:
    07 Apr 2022
    Yanick, your voice was what first caught my attention, but your beauty both inside and out is what endeared you to many.
    Your generosity of spirit, positive attitude and your total belief in God will be what I remember.
    Blessings forever.

  5. Janine Tyler lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:12:41 AM

  6. Ian Crookes says:
    07 Apr 2022
    Your beautiful voice will live on forever, you will always be our 'Avalon' girl, God bless you, love from me Ian Crookes, and Roxy Music fans everywhere. ❤

  7. Rosemarie Pamphile lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 7, 2022 at 4:07:53 AM

  8. Rosemarie Pamphile says:
    07 Apr 2022
    May you rest in peace in the arms of your Lord my dear Yanick.

  9. Antonia lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:01:09 PM

  10. Roseline Leger lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:48:51 PM

  11. Roseline Leger lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:48:01 PM

  12. Myriam Baltazar lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:21:15 PM

  13. Dwight Brooks says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Rest In Peace my beautiful sister-in-law. Your legacy of love and music endures.

  14. Dwight Brooks lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:09:04 PM

  15. Carolle Jean-Gilles says:
    06 Apr 2022
    My sister, my friend, my confident, I will miss you forever and a day.
    Until we meet again . RIP. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  16. Carolle Jean-Gilles lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:13:22 PM

  17. Allison & David Minto-Bolton says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Dear Yanick,
    Thank you so much for your friendship on Facebook, for your caring messages and for your beautiful voice you shared with us all.
    May you rest in eternal peace with God.
    Our hearts go out to you and your dear family.
    With much love always,
    Your friends Allison and David Minto-Bolton

  18. Allison Minto-Bolton lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:37:27 PM

  19. Marie lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:13:05 PM

  20. Marie says:
    06 Apr 2022
    My dear sister,
    I will miss you forever! Until we meet again, rest eternally in the arms of the father.
    Your loving sister,
    Marie Michelle Etienne Brooks

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