American Idol alum and rising Country star Alex Miller is mourning the loss of his beloved grandfather, GB Miller, after his sudden passing on July 3 at the age of 75. “Granddaddy was my best friend and he taught me so much,” Miller notes. “He’s the reason I do what I do, but he also taught me how important it is to be a good person and what it means to be good to others. He also made sure I knew what working hard was really like. His passing has devastated me and my family.”
An open visitation will be held today from 5-8 p.m. Eastern at Grace Fellowship Church, 2294 US Hwy 27, Stanford, KY. On Wednesday, July 6, a public memorial service will be held at the Church at 11 a.m. ET. The remembrance will stream live on GB’s Memorial Page.
Despite Alex’s busy touring schedule, he and his grandfather still made time for each other. In March, the Country singer and GB visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Music City. June 12, at the Sunday Mornin’ Country concert, GB was able to see his grandson perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage – a lifelong dream for the two Kentuckians. Miller introduced the world to his granddad during his American Idol audition, which featured clips of the two on GB’s Lancaster, Kentucky farm. Alex’s “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” music video, which included most of his immediate family, was filmed there as well.
Following the services for his beloved granddad, Alex will return immediately to the road; his next show is scheduled for Friday, July 8 at the Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Emmetsburg, IA. “GB put me on stage when I was seven years and old and, as he would want, I’m still planning on honoring all my tour dates,” Alex states.
Upcoming performances include state fairs and major festivals, opening for Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Niko Moon and others, and Alex will headline at venues ranging from intimate club settings to casinos. The young Country star’s current single, “Through With You,” is in the Top 40 on the Billboard Indicator Chart, and he’s logged 15 MILLION-plus TikTok views to date.
About Alex Miller Alex first found national fame as a competitor on American Idol Season 19. It was a massive change for this Kentucky-born singer/songwriter – who was still working on the family’s farm when he was accepted for the show. Alex is an outlier in other ways, too: he is a true, torch-carrying champion of traditional Country music and he is proud of it. The 18-year-old began performing at shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster at the age of seven before moving on to larger venues, including the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, Renfro Valley, and more. Since departing Idol, Alex has performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, five state Fairs (KY, MO, NY, WA, WI) as well as diverse venues around the country. He has headlined his own shows, and opened for Hank Williams, Jr., Josh Turner, Lee Brice, and more. In October of last year, Miller was named the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month and he performed a duet with Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute the following month. MILLER TIME, his debut album, is generating significant airplay and positive reviews – and bringing more and more fans his way.
About GB Miller GB Miller, age 75, of Lancaster, Kentucky, passed unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, July 3. Born June 19, 1947, in Richmond, Kentucky, he was the son of the late George Butler & Lula Mae Starnes Miller. His loving wife, whom he married October 19, 1973, is Sandra E. Arnold Miller of Lancaster. GB was a life-long farmer and managed Alex for the first 10 years of his career. GB loved Country music, enjoyed playing Rook, and going antiquing. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind one son, Roger Miller of Lancaster; one daughter, Misty Bivens (Ryan) of Hodgenville, Kentucky; four grandsons, Alex and Parker (Miller), and Cyrus and Avery (Bivens); extended family members and numerous friends also mourn his passing.
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