Grammy Winning Folk Singer Songwriter Nanci Griffith Died at the Age of 68

Nanci Griffith, who won a Grammy and had several chart singles, died at the age of 68. Her managers announced her death today but provided no more details.

“It was Nanci’s request that no additional official announcement or press release be issued for a week following her death,” Gold Mountain Entertainment stated in a statement.

Darius Rucker, a singer, was among the internet mourning.

“I’m just depressed today, man. I had to let go of one of my idols. This is one of the reasons I’m in Nashville. The first time I heard [Mary &] Omie, she blew my mind. And singing with her was one of my favorite activities. Nanci Griffith, a Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter, has died,” he wrote.

Griffith has chart-topping singles such as “Love at the Five and Dime,” “Once in a Very Blue Moon,” and “Outbound Plane.” Her career was capped with a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her album Other Voices, Other Rooms in 1994.

Griffith was born on July 6, 1953, in Seguin, Texas, and grew up in Austin, Texas. She began playing in local nightclubs and festivals, and her debut album, There’s a Light Beyond These Woods, was published in 1978.

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