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Pam Tillis

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The little girl of country legend Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis produced her own way in the music business, eventually learning to be a contemporary country star within the ’90s. Tillis was created on July 24, 1957, in Place Town, FL, but elevated mainly in Nashville and began acquiring piano lessons at age group eight. She turned to electric guitar at 12 and performed in skill contests during her teenage years. Relatively outrageous and rebellious, she survived a near-fatal motor vehicle accident at age group 16 that needed extensive cosmetic reconstruction. Thankfully, she recovered completely and pursued music aggressively on the School of Tennessee, performing with the Great Country Swing Music group (which performed country-rock and jug music group music) and in a folk duo with Ashley Cleveland. She give up college in 1976 and proved helpful at her father’s posting company, putting her structure “I’ll Match You on the far side of the Morning hours” with Barbara Fairchild. She also shaped her own support band, which shortly relocated towards the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay Region and renamed themselves Freelight; they created an adventurous design predicated on jazz and rock and roll, not nation. Tillis came back to Nashville in 1979, though, and sang back-up for her dad while increasing her first kid as an individual mother or father, fronting an R&B music group, and continuing to create songs, several which were documented by Gloria Gaynor and Chaka Khan. Tillis performed frequently at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe with other feminine vocalist/songwriters and arrived a cope with Warner Brothers in the first ’80s. She released one record, the pop-oriented Far beyond the Doll of Cutey, in 1983 and got her first graph single the next season with “Goodbye HIghway.” Many more singles had been released through 1987, but non-e even were able to make the very best 50; however, Tillis was producing her name being a songwriter for Tree Posting, with compositions documented by Highway 101 and Conway Twitty, amongst others. In 1989, exactly the same season she acted within a Tennessee creation of Jesus Christ Superstar, she arrived a new cope with Arista. Tillis released her label debut, Put Yourself in my own Place, in 1991, as well as the business lead single, “Don’t Inform Me How to proceed,” raced in to the Best Five, offering Tillis her long-awaited discovery. From the album’s five total singles, “One particular Points” and “Probably IT HAD BEEN Memphis” also produced the very best Ten (as do the recording). 1992’s Homeward Searching Angel was an similarly effective follow-up, with “Tremble the Sugars Tree” and “Allow That Pony Operate” both producing the very best Five. Tillis co-produced her third Arista recording, 1994’s Sweetheart’s Dance, which became her most effective yet and gained her the ACM’s honor for Woman Vocalist of the entire year. “Spilled Perfume,” “WHENEVER YOU Walk in the area,” and “AMONG Dances” all proceeded to go Best Five, and “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Existence)” became her 1st ever number 1 strike. Released in past due 1995, All this Like was the 1st album Tillis made by herself, and offered her Best Tens in “Deep Down” and “The River as well as the Highway.” Two fresh tunes from 1997’s Greatest Hits compilation, “All of the Good Ones HAVE DIED” and “Property from the Living,” both proceeded to go Best Five aswell. 1998’s EACH AND EVERY TIME reflected her latest divorce from songwriter Bob DiPiero and offered her a near-Top Ten strike in “I Said a Prayer.” A reshuffling at Arista postponed the discharge of Thunder and Roses until 2001, therefore for the time being Tillis performed on Broadway within the Leiber & Stoller tribute creation Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Thunder and Roses discovered Tillis’ industrial momentum slowing, and she and Arista consequently parted methods. She captured on at Epic’s origins subsidiary Lucky Doggie and debuted to them in 2002 with It’s All Comparative: Tillis Sings Tillis, a assortment of her father’s materials that finally discovered her embracing his legacy on her behalf own conditions. Rhinestoned made an appearance in 2007 from Stellar Kitty Records.

Quick Facts


Full Name Pam Tillis
Height 1.67 m
Profession Actor, Composer, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter
Education University of Tennessee
Nationality American
Spouse Bob DiPiero, Matthew Spicher
Children Ben Mason
Parents Mel Tillis, Doris Tillis
Siblings Mel Tillis, Jr., Carrie April Tillis, Cindy Tillis, Hannah Tillis, Connie Tillis
Awards Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year
Music Songs Maybe It Was Memphis, Shake the Sugar Tree, Spilled Perfume, Let That Pony Run, Cleopatra, Queen of Denial, Don't Tell Me What to Do, Mi Vida Loca, When You Walk in the Room, Blue Rose Is, All The Good Ones Are Gone, The River And The Highway, In Between Dances, Land of the Living, One of Those Things, I Said a Prayer, Do You Know Where Your Man Is, It's Lonely Out There, I Was Blown Away, Betty's Got A Bass Boat, Band in the Window, Melancholy Child, Sunset Red And Pale Moonlight, Calico Plains, Romeo, Deep Down, Better Off Blue, Love Is Only Human, Waiting on the Wind, I've Seen Enough to Know, How Gone Is Goodbye, Goodbye Highway, Draggin' My Chains
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Song, Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country New Artist
Movies The Goree Girls, Country Music: The Spirit of America
TV Shows Music City Tonight


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#Fact
1 Has a son named Ben Mason (b.1979) with her 1st husband Rick Mason.
2 Pam Tillis won the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994.
3 Daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag Race TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 producer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
American Idol 2011 TV Series 1 episode
Noble Things 2008 performer: "Leave It All Behind"
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy, Texas 1999 performer: "After a Kiss"
8 Seconds 1994 "Pull Your Hat Down Tight"
The Thing Called Love 1993 performer: "BLUE ROSE IS", "HAPPY EVER AFTER COMES ONE DAY AT A TIME" / writer: "BLUE ROSE IS"
Rising Sun 1993 performer: "HOW GONE IS GOODBYE" / writer: "HOW GONE IS GOODBYE"
Thelma & Louise 1991 performer: "Drawn To The Fire" / writer: "Drawn To The Fire"
Hangin' with the Homeboys 1991 performer: "You Don't Have to Die to Go to Heaven"
Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 performer: "Real Man"
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 1985 performer: "Thin Ice"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nashville 2015 TV Series Pam Tillis
Pam Tillis: Live at the Renaissance Center 2005 Video Pam
Diagnosis Murder 1998 TV Series Kate Matthews
Promised Land 1998 TV Series Kate Matthews
L.A. Law 1993 TV Series Amanda Hopewell

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 50th Annual CMA Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself
Nashville 2013-2015 TV Series Herself
Music City USA 2015 Documentary Herself
I Am Potential 2015 Herself
Mama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren Axton 2015 Documentary Herself
Huckabee 2013 TV Series Herself
Who Is Clinn Rippy? 2012 Documentary Herself
This Is MY Country, Twin Fiddles and Accordion 2012 Documentary Herself
RuPaul's Drag Race 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
City of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief 2010 Documentary short Herself
Legends & Lyrics 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Headline Country 2007 TV Series Herself
Grand Ole Opry 2005-2007 TV Series Herself
CMT Greatest Moments: The 90s 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith 2005 TV Special Herself
CMT: The Greatest - Greatest City Songs 2005 TV Special Herself
Our Country 2003 Documentary short Performer
Wheel of Fortune 2003 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Cool Women 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Herself
The Chris Isaak Show 2001 TV Series Herself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1994-2000 TV Series Herself
Austin City Limits 1996-2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Stars Over Mississippi 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-1997 TV Series Herself
Att-Star Countryfest '96 1996 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Herself
The Grand Ole Opry Musical Salute to Minnie Pearl 1996 TV Movie Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Herself
The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-1996 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
The 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1995 TV Special Herself
The Best of Country 1995 TV Special Performer
Opryland's Country Christmas 1994 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer
28th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman 1994 TV Special Herself - Performer
XXX's & OOO's 1994 TV Movie Herself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
The Thing Called Love 1993 Herself
The Women of Country 1993 TV Movie Herself
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The Best of Country '92: Countdown at the Neon Armadillo 1992 TV Special Herself
Celebrities Offstage 1992 TV Series Herself
Maury 1992 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Hot Country Nights 1991 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Mel's Daughter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RuPaul's Drag Race 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
CMT: 100 Greatest Music Videos 2004 TV Movie Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Collaboration with Vocals · Dolly Parton
· Billy Ray Cyrus
· Tanya Tucker
· Kathy Mattea
· Mary Chapin Carpenter


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