Entertainment Music Shirley Eikhard, Songwriter of Grammy-Winning 'Something to Talk About,' Dead at 67 Shirley Eikhard died on Thursday in Orangeville, Ontario after suffering complications from cancer By Shafiq Najib Published on December 17, 2022 05:39 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Reg Innell/Toronto Star via Getty Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Rose Eikhard, best known for penning Bonnie Raitt's 1991 Grammy-winning song "Something to Talk About," has died. She was 67. After suffering complications from cancer, Eikhard died on Thursday at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario, according to her publicist Eric Alper, the Associated Press reported. Following the devastating news, Alper told PEOPLE Eikhard, "was one of the kindness and gentlest artists I've ever worked with." "Her heart was always in the music, writing another song, and was beholden to no one - no pressures from the label or the industry," he continued. "When she knew she had written a great one, she knew. The sheer amount of outpouring of love and support from fellow songwriters of here and people who admired her around the globe have been reaching out, and their words are helping get this country through one of the biggest losses in music." Jamal Edwards, Music Pioneer Who Helped Launch Many Careers, Dead at 31: He 'Was an Inspiration' Eikhard was born in Sackville, New Brunswick to parents June Eikhard and Ceci Eikhard who were also musicians. The family relocated to Oshawa, Ontario when Eikhard was a teenager. She was given her first guitar at age 11 before starting to perform the next year at a fiddling festival in Cobourg, Ontario. Mike Slaughter/Toronto Star via Getty Eikhard recorded her first song at 15, titled "It Takes Time" which later became a hit in Canada. She went on to get signed by Capitol Records in 1972 and released her first album called Shirley Eikhard, winning her two Juno Awards for County Female Artist of the Year in 1973 and 1974. Following a brief hiatus, she returned to the music scene and released three albums for Attic Records including Child of the Present, Let Me Down Easy, and Horizons. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In 1985, Anne Murray was one of the artists who wanted to record Eikhard's "Something to Talk About" but faced rejections from her producers. Several years later, Eikhard received a message from Raitt, 73, who told her she had just recorded the song which became Raitt's first single from her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. The track spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and later scored Raitt a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in addition to being nominated for the record of the year category. In October 2020, Eikhard was inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame before releasing her latest album in 2021, On My Way to You. RELATED VIDEO: Cher's Mother Georgia Holt Dead at 96: 'Mom is Gone,' Singer Says Raitt — who thanked Eikhard during the 1992's Grammy ceremony — paid tribute to the late musician via Twitter on Friday after learning about her death. Alongside a black and white picture of Eikhard, Raitt wrote, "I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Shirley Eikhard, the wonderful Canadian singer/songwriter who wrote my hit song, 'Something to Talk About.' My condolences go out to her family and friends."