Faith Hill and Tim McGraw took the stage to talk about Loretta Lynn during CMTs Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Loretta Lynn on October 30. Less than a month after Loretta’s death on October 4, Tim and Faith joined her loved ones and fellow country music stars at the Opry to pay tribute to the iconic country singer. Faith remembers meeting Loretta for the first time while backstage at the Opry thirty years ago. “It is our honor and privilege to be here near where our dear friendship began,” said Faith. “And to celebrate this extraordinary woman and her remarkable life.”
Faith and Tim were both shocked at how Loretta was known for writing songs about women and FOR women. “Loretta was unabashedly honest about the hardships and joys of being a wife and mother, a woman who loves life – loving, lying, cheating, having babies, not having babies…she sang about it all, Faith said. “She was fierce and proud of who she was, where she came from and how she lived her life.
Tim called Loretta a “pioneer” and thanked her for paving the way for his wife and daughters. Faith continued, “She didn’t push boundaries for women in country music, she shredded it. She gave us this bold new space to find our own way to dream and float into the music we make, the careers and lives we have. She was always good, kind and supported us all. Every single person in this room has a story they can share. She was so very wise and funny.
At that time, Faith had to pause for a moment as she pushed back her tears. “I am honored to be in your presence, Loretta,” she concluded. “I’m grateful to have had so many memories with you. I’m proud to be a woman in country music, proud to be a mother, I’m proud to have the privilege of following you on the musical path you paved for all of us.” Loretta died on October 4 at the age of 90.