LifeNotes: Former Industry Executive Claudia Mize Dies

Claudia Mize

Claudia Mize

Longtime industry executive Claudia Mize, 61, died Jan. 3 in Nashville.

Mize was a former A&R executive and production coordinator at Mercury Records, and also worked at Warner Bros. Nashville during her career. She worked on albums by Johnny Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Terri Clark, John Anderson, Steve Azar, Wynonna, Neal Coty, Kim Richey, Ronna Reeves and many others. Mize is among those credited with the idea of launching Cyrus’ career by creating a dance contest around his 1992 single, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

She is preceded in death by her father, Claude Mize. She is survived by mother Dorothy Mize; brothers, Frank (Missy) Mize and Randy Mize, and many other friends and family.

A celebration of life is planned for February, with more details to come.


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