Singer K.T. Oslin

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 13, 2002

For years we enjoyed country singer K.T. Oslin. But for the last few years, she has not released any songs. Can you tell us what she is doing now?
—Ray G., Pennsylvania

Since releasing the critically acclaimed Live Close By, Visit Often last year, co-produced with Raul Malo, Oslin has taken some time off, working in her Nashville, Tenn., garden and for charitable causes. Raised in Houston, she first performed as a folk singer with Guy Clark, later moved to New York and worked as a chorus girl in musicals. Ad jingle assignments led to appearances in television commercials, but it was songwriting that led her to Nashville. Oslin wrote for Dottie West, The Judds, and others—making it big herself on RCA Records in 1987. The next year, she became the first female to win the Country Music Association's Song of the Year for '80s Ladies, which also earned her Female Vocalist of the Year and the first of three Grammy Awards. She had a number of top 10 hits in the '80s and '90s and appeared in several television shows and movies, such as Evening Shade and The Thing Called Love. Triple-bypass heart surgery sidetracked Oslin in 1995, but she is doing well these days. She appeared on Oprah in June, along with Natalie Cole and Bonnie Raitt, in a segment celebrating "late-blooming" female artists.