Randy Owen, lead vocalist of the iconic Alabama band, is mourning the loss of his mother Martha Alice Teague Owen, who passed away on Thursday (June 2). She was 90.
Martha and her husband Gladstone Yeuell Owen, who passed in 1980, introduced their son Randy and daughters Reba Patterson and Rachel Carroll to music. The family formed The Singing Owen Family when the siblings were children. The Gospel group performed in churches and at events in Alabama and the south during the ’60s and ’70s.
Randy would go on to form Alabama, one of the most iconic bands in country music. The group celebrated 80 million albums, charted 43 No. 1 singles, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Martha died surrounded by family in Fort Payne, Alabama following a short illness. Members of the Owen family are asking for privacy during this time.
Martha’s visitation will be held on Sunday (June 5) at 4 – 8 p.m. at the Rainsville Community Church in Rainsville, Alabama. Her funeral service will take place on Monday (June 6) with the timing to be determined.
Alabama is currently on a 30-city tour but is rescheduling this weekend’s concerts due to Martha’s passing. June 3 in Roanoke, Virginia will now take place on Dec. 9; and June 4 in Fayetteville, North Carolina will take place on Dec. 11. All prior ticket purchases will be honored at the new dates.
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