The fast-rising country duo, comprised of sisters Ivy Dene & Sophie Dawn, took to social media on Tuesday (Oct. 4) to pay tribute to Lynn with a heartfelt message alongside a beautiful photo with the Country Music Hall of Famer, a photo that they will cherish forever.
“We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of @lorettalynnofficial 💔 Loretta will always hold a very special place in our hearts,” the duo wrote.
The “Shovel” singers and Indiana natives continued to graciously thank Lynn for believing in them and for being the first major artist to ever bring them on tour.
“Not only did she inspire our music growing up, but she also was the first major artist to ever take us on the road with her,” Ivy and Sophie added. “The kindness her and her family showed us will never be forgotten, and the advice shared will always be remembered. She is a TRUE icon. Rest in peace ❤️”
In addition to sharing a heartfelt message, the pair of sisters also posted a performance clip covering “Where No One Stands Alone,” a song originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1967 for his album, How Great Thou Art.
The video features Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn singing an acoustic rendition of the tune, which was featured on Lynn’s project, Still Woman Enough.
“Hold my hand all the way, every hour, every day / From here to the great unknown / Take my hand, and let me stand / Where no one stands alone,” the duo sings in the clip.
Country music icon and Grand Ole Opry member, Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90 years old at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 4.
Hours after Lynn’s passing, her family shared the following statement.
“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 said.
Lynn, who was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, 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.
Over the course of her iconic 60-year career, Lynn earned a staggering 51 Top 10 hits and 16 No.1 hits to her name, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” She has also sold over 45 million albums worldwide.
Lynn has also garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has won four GRAMMY awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association awards. She was the first woman to ever win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year.
She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
Lynn’s death comes just days after she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.
Lynn was predeceased by her husband of 48 years Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, her daughter Betty Sue Lynn and son Jack Benny Lynn.
The legendary country singer is survived by her daughters Patsy Lynn Russell, Peggy Lynn, Clara (Cissie) Marie Lynn and her son Ernest Ray Lynn as well as grandchildren Lori Lynn Smith, Ethan Lyell, Elizabeth Braun, Tayla Lynn, Jack Lynn, Ernest Ray Lynn Jr., Katherine Condya, Alexandria Lynn, Jasyntha Connelly, Megan Horkins, Anthony Brutto, Jason Lynn, Wesley Lynn, Levi Lynn, Emmy Rose Russell, David Russell, Lucca Marchetti and step grandchildren David Greer, Jennafer Russell, Melody Russell and Natalie Rapp, and her great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Loretta Lynn Foundation. Information about a memorial service/celebration of life will be made available at a later date. For more information, visit LorettaLynn.com.