February 06, 2023

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Fellow Artists Remember Hitmaker K.T. Oslin

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member

KT Oslin well known for hits like “Hold Me,” “I’ll Always Come Back,” and “Come Next Monday”, has passed at the age of 78.  Oslin worked with everyone in the business, her songs being performed by The Judds, Dottie West, and Sissy Spacek battled Parkinson’s and COVID-19.

Courtesy of 2911 Media, K.T. Olsin Parkinson's
K.T. Oslin at the Grammy Awards

“80’s Ladies”

Oslin found her feelings of success when she created a trio and created “80’s Ladies,” in which she took home two Country Music Awards for both female vocalist and song of the year.

The song of the year win would keep Oslin in the history books for years to come for being the first woman to win.

As her career grew, she went on to win two Grammy’s,  four Academy Country Music Awards and became inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, told the Associated Press, “K.T. Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women with her hit ’80’s Ladies,’” said Trahern “I was fortunate to work with K.T. on several television shows in the late 90s. She was always gracious to the crews and up-and-coming talent performing alongside her. She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time.

While the actual death has not been released, Olin has been in a facility since 2016 fighting Parkinson’s disease and was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. She had been dealing with Parkinson’s disease for a while before entering the facility.

Check out one of her performances:

Here are some quotes from fellow musicians:

K.T. made a big impact on country music with her style, flair, and talented, unique voice during the Eighties Ladies era. My prayers go out to her family and friends.” – Janie Fricke

K.T. Oslin was truly the ultimate 80’s Lady… and so much more! Her spicy southern wit, mixed with her amazing voice, musical talent, and theatrical flair was a one of a kind recipe making her larger than life personality a delicious, sensual, soul stew that made country music lovers all over the world fall in love!We had so much fun! It makes me sad to think of her being gone, but she gave us all so much, that even through my sadness, just thinking about her makes me smile! God Bless You K.T…Carry on.”Deborah Allen

“K.T. Oslin was a great artist that taught us about life, love, joy, and pain, who also had the ability to connect with her audience like no other. Her music was awesome and soulful. I loved how she would squeeze every note and deliver a masterful expression of each song. I remember when I first heard her hit “Do Ya.” WOW! Rest In Peace K.T. and for sharing your life with us all.” – Carl Ray

“R.I.P. K.T. Oslin. You forged a path for women in country music that will inspire and encourage women to not let go of their dreams. You showed the world that talent is ageless.”JD Reynolds

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