Country singer Lynn Anderson passed away at age 67.
The multi-award-winning American country music singer is known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden.” Anderson became one of the most successful country singers of the ’70s.
NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison shares, “Losing Lynn Anderson is a personal loss to the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI). Lynn was family. Her parents, Casey Anderson and the late Liz Anderson, were two of NSAI’s founding members. Her parents were given the Stephen Foster Award by NSAI in February this year, where Lynn performed. We will truly miss her.”
“I am a huge fan of Lynn’s. She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music. Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. Rose Garden was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed,” shared Reba McEntire.
Anderson was also named Top Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) twice, and Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA).
Ms. Anderson most recently released a gospel album Bridges on Center Sound Records. Liz Anderson’s song “My Guardian Angel,” published by her father Casey, is featured on the album.
One of the keys to Lynn’s success was that she always made her fans a priority. Since the inaugural year of Fan Fair (now CMA Music Festival) in 1972, Lynn has only missed one year due to illness as she greatly valued the direct connection to her devoted and loving fans at that event.
Her success in the equestrian community was equally as monumental as her music career winning 16 National Championships and four world championships across the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA).
For twenty years, she has worked with both the Roundup for Autism and the Cariety Foundation, an organization supporting families of cancer patients. Other notable contributions were made to the Mary Kay Ash Foundation, The North American Riders for the Handicapped Association and military support organizations.
Lynn is survived by her father, C.S. “Casey” Anderson, partner, Mentor Williams; children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel, Gray Stream and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Lynn Anderson were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 5th at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park. Visitation was set for Tuesday, Aug. 4th from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Both were open to the public. Her family has asked that donations be directed to any of the following; Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Dickson, TN, Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, NM, The Careity Foundation in Fort Worth, TX, or Semper Fi Fund in Oceanside, CA
Lynn Anderson sings “(From Now On) All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers,” written by her mother, Liz Anderson, in honor of Liz & Casey Anderson being presented NSAI’s Stephen Foster Award:
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