Peggy and Patsy Lynn may be the daughters of the iconic country singer Loretta Lynn, but the sisters lived their lives simply until they grew up and chose the same career path as their mothers.
Loretta Lynn had the means and capacity to spoil her daughters lavishly and endlessly but chose otherwise. Twins Peggy and Pasty worked in the barn, attended public school, and spent their time with family.
More than raising her daughters to appreciate art and the music industry, Lynn made it a point to encompass her kids with values that can’t be learned within the four walls of a classroom -- love and hard work.
MUSIC IN HER SOUL
The youngest daughters of the country superstar were accustomed to the music industry since the day they were born. Growing up, they would watch their mother from the sidelines, performing in theaters and receiving standing ovations here and there.
“My sister and I grew up on the side of the stage. Becoming a singer wasn’t a matter of having this grand dream or vision for me because of our family make up. It was just a fact; I thought, well, you know, I’m going to learn how to sing,” Patsy shared.
Patsy began singing country music at the age of 19 after being inspired by an artist named Patty Loveless, whose brother would leave cassette tapes of his sister’s songs at the office, and Patsy would listen to them on long drives. She recalled:
“I can’t tell you from that day how many cassette tapes and CD’s and digital downloads I’ve worn out. I tell her every time I see her ‘Patty, you changed the course of my whole vision of country music.’ I’m just such a fan of hers, and she really inspired me to sing."
STARTING IN THE INDUSTRY
In 1996, the twins collaborated in a band to sing and paved their way to the music industry without using their mother’s name to reach the top, and instead worked hard to follow Lynn’s footsteps.
The two had a job at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge where they sang every Thursday evening and later landed a meeting with Warner Brother Records where, at first, no one knew they were the daughters of Lynn until they met Jim Ed Norman.
Last month, news broke that the 87-year-old famous performer was on her deathbed -- a complete lie.
“He was telling us all about Warner Brothers, and we said ‘We know a little bit about this label because our Aunt, Crystal Gayle, has been on it for a long time.”’All the eyes in the room got real wide- like what? They were all kind of hitting their heads like oh, right, you’re the Lynn Girls,” the twins shared.
SIGNING WITH WARNER BROTHERS
Peggy and Patsy signed with Warner Brothers where two albums were produced, with an original song reaching the top 20, “Woman to Woman.” Although their raw talents brought them fame and success, the twins credited their mother for raising them with a good work ethic.
“Mom always had a saying; you either have to be first, best, or different in order to succeed. To be successful, you’ve got to be great. You have to be really great at a particular sound, create something completely different,” Peggy shared.
Ultimately, the twins wound up in different paths, but still in the same industry. Patsy ventured into producing as Peggy continued performing and writing songs. Patsy admitted that singing on stage was not her “cup of tea,” and doing so became difficult.
However, she found liking in negotiating and making deals, which is why she ended up being a producer and produced over 103 songs for her mother, including her latest album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” which is running for a 2019 Grammy.
Last month, news broke that the 87-year-old famous performer was on her deathbed -- a complete lie. Lynn addressed the rumor and assured her fans that she was very much alive and living her life to the fullest.
"Well, through the years they've said I'm broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill, and even dead! Poor things can't ever get it right," she wrote on Instagram.