Grammy Award-winning country artist Jody Miller, known for “Queen. Of the House” and other hit songs, has died. She was 80.
Middle-Sister, a singer-songwriter duo made up of Susan Pierce and Robin Brooks, Miller’s daughter, announced on their Facebook page on Thursday (October 6): “Middle Sister is sorry to announce the passing of Jody Miller this morning, music icon and mother of Robin Brooks. …Please remember the family as they deal with this great loss. ”
Miller died in her Oklahoma hometown after her years-long battle with symptoms from Parkinson’s disease, PEOPLE noted in a report on Friday (October 7). Miller made history as one of the first Grammy winners from Oklahoma. She released her award-winning song, “Queen of the House,” in 1965, paving the way for many other beloved songs throughout her decades-long career.
“Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated,” Jennifer McMullen, Miller’s representative, said in a statement, per multiple news outlets. “She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and communicate with the most beautiful tones and inflection. She made it look and sound so easy that it sometimes takes a moment to realize the greatness of what you are hearing. But she was just as authentic and exceptional in her own life as she was on stage and on record.”
Billboard notes that Miller is survived by two sisters, her daughter, her husband and grandchildren.