Loretta Lynn Looks To the Future: ‘We’re Just Getting Warmed Up’

Loretta Lynn still has plenty she wants to do with her life and career. The 89-year-old recently celebrated the 12th anniversary of her receiving the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, using the occasion to reveal she still has more she wants to accomplish.

“It was 12 years ago today that I was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award,” Lynn wrote. “Such an honor! Here we are 4 albums later with 3 making the Top Ten, another Grammy nomination, a CMA Artist of a Lifetime award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I feel like we’re just getting warmed up! Time flies when you’re having fun.”

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Lynn’s latest album, Still Woman Enough, landed in the Top 10 when it was released last year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was joined by several artists on the project, including Carrie UnderwoodReba McEntireTanya Tucker and Margo Price.

“I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album,” Lynn said of the record. “We girl singers gotta stick together. It’s amazing how much has happened in the fifty years since ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ first came out and I’m extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.”

While Lynn has certainly accomplished enough that she could comfortably step away from the spotlight, the Kentucky native vows to keep singing for as long as she can.

“Recording is what I do, who I am,” Lynn told Parade. “I guess I just want my fans to always have something new from me to listen to … I hope I can write a song right up until the end.”

Lynn has made an indelible mark in country music by writing songs that were personal to her, even if some of those songs, like “The Pill” and “Rated X,” were controversial at the time.

“I just write what I feel, what is going on with me and my life,” Lynn says. “It just happened that a lot of other women felt the same. I would never set out to write something just for it to shock someone; I am not that clever. It’s always been about truth and if that means radio wants to ban it, well that’s their problem. Most of my records they banned became No. 1 anyway.”