Grammy recipient Nanci Griffith, who creature her name as a singer-songwriter, expired Friday morning in Nashville, as per an agent for her management company. Her cause of death was not revealed; she was 68 years old. “It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment declared.
“Nanci Griffith was a master songwriter who took every opportunity to champion kindred spirits, including Vince Bell, Elizabeth Cook, Iris DeMent, Julie Gold, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Eric Taylor and Townes Van Zandt,” confessed Kyle Young who was the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in a testimony. “Her voice was a clarion call, at once gentle and insistent,” he further said as per PEOPLE.
While an influential singer in her own right, Griffith is well known for songs like “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Outbound Plane” and as a companion, having recorded duets with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Willie Nelson, the Chieftains, Darius Rucker, and several others throughout her four-decade career. Her Grammy was for “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” an album of great country songs.
Singer Don McLean also paid compliment to Griffith in a statement. “Nanci was a lovely person,” he said. “I worked with her on a TV special we did for PBS TV and on that show, we sang two duets. They were And I Love You So and Raining in My Heart. I never heard anyone sing harmony more beautifully”