James Newman

James “Jimmy” Newman, son and manager of singer Gladys Knight, died July 10 of heart failure at his home in Las Vegas. He was 36.

Newman, a 22-year resident of Las Vegas, managed his mother’s career through his Newman Management, one of four Knight-related companies sharing offices in southern Nevada.

This year, Newman helped his mother launch Many Roads, a specialty record label formed to support her recent gospel album, “Many Different Roads,” and other gospel artists.

According to the album’s media materials, Newman brought many of the songs to Knight’s attention, including “Jesus’ Love Is Like a River,” a song co-written by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Newman was the singer’s eldest child and was named after his father, Knight’s late first husband.

Besides his mother and stepfather, Barry Hankerson, Newman is survived by his wife, Michelene, two daughters three sons, a sister and three brothers.

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