CMT and Sandbox Productions will honor the life, legacy and music of late iconic country singer Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn.” The live celebration will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in collaboration with Lynn’s family.
The public memorial service will air on Sunday, October 30 at 7p/6c, commercial-free and exclusively on CMT. Two additional encores will air on Wednesday, November 2 at 8p/7c and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11a/10c. The special celebration will also be available on Paramount+ in early 2023
Close family friend and NBC’s “Today Show” co-host will host the public celebration that will feature noteworthy performances and collaborations. Some of the biggest names in the industry will make appearances, including Brandi Carlile, Crystal Gayle, Darius Rucker, Emmy Russell & Lukas Nelson, George Strait, The Highwomen with Brittney Spencer, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna, in addition to special appearances from Lynn’s dearest friends and family including Barbara Mandrell, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw. Additional performers are yet to be announced.
“We are truly honored to work closely alongside Loretta’s family to create a celebration of life fit for a true queen of country music, Loretta Lynn. She was a true original, a woman who always sang from her heart, never shied away from challenging the status quo and blazed the path forward for her fellow female artists. From her firecracker spirit and signature musicality to her unmistakable country style and unparalleled authenticity, we look forward to honoring her in the best way we know how: sharing stories and songs with her family, friends and the legions of fans she loved dearly,” shared CMT Producers.
Lynn’s memorial service is open to the general public, but tickets are limited.
For more information, visit https://www.aud615.com/cmtevents.
Lynn’s sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue Wright recently took the stage at the 2022 CMT Artists of the Year celebration to share an emotional performance dedicated to their late sister
Tanya Tucker was on hand to introduce Crystal and Peggy Sue and also share a few words about the late country music icon.
“It’s so special to me that we can take a moment to celebrate her tonight,” Tucker shared. I have been so blessed with the gift of her music and also with the gift of her friendship. She guided me through this business even before we met.”
She went on to recall watching Loretta Lynn as a child and how she always looked up to her.
“I really treasure the time that we got to spend together. She’d call me and she’d say, ‘Honey do you need some money?’ Well, there have been times I wished I had said ‘yeah,’” she laughed. “She went from being my hero to being my truly, truly great friend. And then back to being my hero again. I miss Loretta so much.”
Tucker welcomed the sisters, who joined together to perform Lynn’s iconic hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Lynn passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday, October 4. Loretta’s family issued the following statement after her passing.
“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the Lynn family shared.
Born on April 4, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Lynn’s death came just days after she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Loretta Lynn is known as the Queen of Country Music after forging a path as a singer, songwriter and entertainer while balancing her role as a wife and mother. She has 16 No.1 hits to her name, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”
Over the course of her 60-year career, Lynn amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits, garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and broke down barriers for women everywhere.