When there is a significant age difference between a couple, it is usually a cause for small talk. However, when the said couple are two celebrities, then it becomes a subject of intense media scrutiny. Sunny Ozell is one person who has found herself under this type of scrutiny. She is a classical musician known for being the wife of the legendary British actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, who is 39 years older than she is.
As much as people have followed her career, they have also kept up with her love life with many wondering how she came to fall in love with a man who is almost twice her age.
Sunny Ozell and Patrick Stewart Met in a New York Restaurant in 2008
As already mentioned, Sunny Ozell is married to the accomplished stage and screen actor, Sir Patrick Stewart. What may not be known is that the musician first met her husband in a New York restaurant in 2008.
Ozell was working as a waitress/singer while Stewart was in New York to lead a stage production of Macbeth. It was a case of instant attraction for Stewart who spent some time chatting with Ozell. He later invited her to see his play and they subsequently went on a dinner date.
After she started dating her movie star husband, Ozell continued her waitressing job for the next five years. This is because she is an independent person and wanted to provide for herself.
They Walked Down The Aisle in 2013
Sunny Ozell and Patrick Stewart dated for five years before getting engaged in March 2013. Their nuptials later took place in September 2013 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
While this was the first time that Ozell was getting hitched, her husband Stewart has been married on two previous occasions. His first marriage was to a lady named Sheila Falconer. They were married for 24 years and split in 1990. His second marriage was to Hollywood producer Wendy Neuss. The union started in 2010 and lasted for only three years.
Ozell’s husband is five years older than her father. As a result of this, her dad was initially skeptical of their relationship but has since come around. Their wedding was officiated by legendary actor, as well as Stewart’s good friend, Sir Ian McKellen. In order to be eligible for the role, McKellen had to register as a minister of a church.
Sunny Ozell and Patrick Stewart Have No Kids Together
Ozell and Stewart do not have any kids together and the musician has revealed that even though she loves children, she never wanted to have any of her own. Nevertheless, she has two stepchildren courtesy of her husband’s first marriage. Their names are Daniel and Sophia and both of them are older than her.
Ozell was initially worried about the type of relationship she would have with them but everything turned out okay. Her husband was made a knight by The Queen in 2009. This, therefore, means that Ozell is Lady Stewart.
In a career spanning 6 decades, Ozell’s husband has enjoyed considerable success on the stage, appearing in classical Shakespearean plays such as Hamlet and Macbeth. He has also featured in several successful screen projects like Star Trek: The Next Generation and The X-Men series. The famously-bald actor has received several awards in the course of his career, including a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
The American Singer Started Polishing Her Musical Style While She Was a Kid
Born on the 23rd of December 1978, Sunny Ozell grew up in Rene, Nevada. Much may not be known about her parents but there are reasons to believe they played a great role in making her what she is today. They recognized her musical talent at a young age and even though they were not professional musicians, they did all they could to encourage and hone their daughter’s talents.
Ozell got enrolled to take instrument lessons (violin) when she was four and by her teenage years, she moved on to voice training and opera. All this training paid off as Ozell was picked as a member of the Reno Opera Company.
After completing her high school education, she proceeded to the city of Boulder, Colorado for college. While there, she studied English Literature. She also kept her passion for music alive by joining various blues, jazz, and Latin pop bands. Just like the training she received when she was young, there is no doubt that Ozell’s musical activities in college went a long way in helping to shape her identity as a musician when she became a professional.
Blending American Roots With Jazz and Blues Makes All The Difference For Sunny Ozell
After college, Sunny Ozell moved to New York in order to build her career. She got a head start by performing in various New York clubs such as Rockwood and The Living Room. She has since established herself as a prominent member of New York’s musical community.
Ozell also has an album to her name. The 11-track album titled Take it With Me was released in 2015. The album features her giving a soulful interpretation of songs by other artists, including Hank Williams and Howard Jones. Her musical style has come to be admired for its unique blend of Americana with Jazz and blues. That, matched with her lyrical dexterity and the ability to create catchy melodies has set her apart from the rest of her kind.
The artist once shared the sentiment that governs the kind of music she creates. According to her, she strives to keep her sound natural and always bridge the gap between the thought of what she wants to sing and the sound that follows. For her, she does soul music, such that is not restricted by the typical definition of the genre.
Adding that soul music is not overly self-aware, Sunny expressed that she’s guided by the notion of moving the listener without taking away the opportunity for them to make their own conclusions. Having creative control over her material is also very important for the singer as it is crucial for her to connect emotionally with the music she makes. All of these have helped Sunny Ozell to create a unique identity in the competitive music industry.