Country Music Icon Marty Stuart Mourns the Loss of Beloved Sister Jennifer

“Our family welcomes your love and prayers at this time,” Stuart wrote.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 17, 2023

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Marty Stuart, Jennifer Stuart; Photo Courtesy Facebook

Marty Stuart is mourning the loss of his beloved sister, Jennifer Stuart. 

The GRAMMY-winning star took to social media to bid an emotional farewell to his sister on Sunday, September 17, just hours after her passing.

“Never Met A Stranger”  

“It is with great sadness to say that my sister Jennifer passed away this morning. ‘Sis’ had so many friends who loved her from all over the country. She never met a stranger,” he wrote. 

Marty Stuart, Jennifer Stuart; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Marty Stuart, Jennifer Stuart; Photo Courtesy Facebook

“Our family welcomes your love and prayers at this time,” Stuart added.  

Encouraged His Fans To “Do Something Nice” In Her Honor

The “Little Things” singer closed his post by encouraging his followers to “do something nice for someone today” in honor of his late sister.  

Fans rallied around the Grand Ole Opry member, sharing their condolences and well wishes in the comments section of his post.  

Followers Share Their Condolences

“I’m so very sorry…sending deepest condolences and prayers for comfort. Always keep her memory alive, in the stories you tell,” wrote one Facebook user, while another shared, “So incredibly sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your entire family during this extremely difficult time.” 

Several of his fellow country stars also took to the comments of the post to share their condolences with the Mississippi native, including Brandy Clark, Mandy Barnett, Mark Wills, Jake Owen, Margo Price and more.

“So sorry to hear this Marty. I met her at your Anniversary Opry show. Such a kind soul ❤️” Clark commented. 

“I’m am so very very sorry to hear, Marty. I knew Jennifer before I knew you. Sending you, Connie and your mama a lot of love and prayers. ❤️” Barnett wrote, while Wills added, “My condolences for you & your families loss. Our prayers are being sent your way. 🙏🏼🙏🏼”

“Sorry for your loss.. spreading some love for Jennifer today,” Owen shared. Price wrote, “Sending love. 🤍”

Marty Stuart, Jennifer Stuart; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Marty Stuart, Jennifer Stuart; Photo Courtesy Facebook

Jennifer remained mostly out of the spotlight but often accompanied Marty Stuart at various award shows and performances. Her cause of death has not been revealed.  

Marty Stuart is next scheduled to perform on Friday, September 22 in Marion, Illinois. It is unclear if any of his upcoming performances will be impacted.

About Marty Stuart

Last year, Marty Stuart celebrated his 30th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with a performance on the iconic stage. That appearance also marked Stuart’s 50th anniversary in Nashville. 

“The Opry is a way of life,” Marty Stuart previously said. “It’s an institution that gets passed on every weekend. If you’re going to be a country performer, the Opry is the place to be.”

While the genre has seen many changes in recent years, one thing Stuart admires about the Opry is that it remains constant. 

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“The thing that has absolutely not changed is the Grand Ole Opry,” he pointed out. “The Mother Church of Country Music has remained and it all revolves around it.”

Marty Stuart is a five-time GRAMMY-winning artist, a platinum recording artist, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, a Grand Ole Opry star, a country music historian, a photographer, a musician, and a songwriter. From his beginnings as a gospel singer in his childhood, Stuart has dedicated over four decades to honoring and promoting American roots music. His teenage years were marked by touring with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s, followed by six years as a member of Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, and a successful solo career in the ’90s with chart-topping hits. 

Most recently, the Country Music Association announced Marty Stuart’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 in the Modern Era Artist category. Additionally, Stuart is actively involved in raising awareness for The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music (MSCCM) in Philadelphia, Mississippi, which aims to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of country music through live performances and educational programs.

Marty Stuart, Connie Smith; Photo Courtesy Connie Smith, Facebook
Marty Stuart, Connie Smith; Photo Courtesy Connie Smith, Facebook

Marty Stuart is married to fellow Grand Ole Opry star, Connie Smith.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.