Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith: Folk and country singer-songwriter dies aged 68

Nanci Griffith, a Grammy-winning folk and country music singer-songwriter, has died aged 68.

Her death was confirmed by management and her record label on Friday, without a cause of death being given, reports the BBC.

The genre-straddling artist’s best known songs include Love at the Five and Dime and the Outbound Plane, which others saw mainstream success with.

She is considered influential and recorded duets with artists like Willie Nelson across her long career.

Griffith found country success with her recording of Julie Gold’s From a Distance, years before Bette Midler’s version became a major hit.

Her style of music, which Griffith herself described as “folkabilly”, was considered unique and blended musical genres.

She won a Grammy award in 1994 for her album Other Voices, Other Rooms which was made up of cover songs and musical collaborations.

She previously survived two bouts of cancer in the 1990s and continued to tour and produce music – with her final album released in 2012.


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