Pam Tillis Biography
Pam Tillis born as Pamela Yvonne Tillis is an American country music singer-songwriter and actress. She was born on July 24, 1957, to the late country songs singer Mel Tillis and Doris Tillis. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
As the daughter of country star Mel Tillis, she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry at age 8, singing “Tom Dooley.” She also began taking piano lessons at this age and taught herself how to play guitar by age 12. At 16, she was injured in a car accident and had to undergo several years of surgery, including facial reconstruction.
Tillis attended the University of Tennessee, where she performed in two different groups: a jug band called the High Country Swing Band, and a folk duo with Ashley Cleveland. She dropped out of college in 1976 to work at her father’s publishing company, writing the song “The Other Side of the Morning” for Barbara Fairchild.
Tillis then moved to California and founded a band called Freelight, which played jazz and rock. Upon returning to Nashville in 1979, she had her songs recorded by Gloria Gaynor, Darryl & Don Ellis, Tim Ryan, Molly, and the Heymakers and Chaka Khan. After performing in the Bluebird Café in Nashville, she signed to Warner Bros. Records in the early 1980s.
In 1981, Tillis released her debut single “Every Home Should Have One.” It was followed by her debut album Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey in 1983. In 1989, Tillis signed with Arista Nashville. Her first Arista single, “Don’t Tell Me What to Do”, was released in December 1990.
Tillis has acted in guest spots on television and on stage. In 1998, Tillis felt it was the right time to expand her acting repertoire. She appeared in back-to-back crossover episodes of Promised Land and Diagnosis: Murder on CBS and NBC’s L.A. Law. She has also appeared on Broadway in Smokey Joe’s Café which ran from 1995 to 2000. She has also appeared as herself in several episodes of the country music drama Nashville.
In 2002, Tillis was signed by Sony Music Entertainment / Epic Records roots subsidiary Lucky Dog and debuted It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis, a collection of her father’s material that finally found her embracing his legacy on her own terms.
In 2007, Tillis launched her own Record label, Stellar Cat Records. Her first album, RhineStoned, was released in April 2007. The Two singles released from RhineStoned were “Band in the Window” and “The Hard Way” both sent to country radio in 2007. Her second album on Stellar Cat Records Just in Time for Christmas was released on November 13, 2007.
Pam Tillis Age
How Old is Pam Tillis? The country music singer was born on July 24, 1957, in Plant City, Florida, United States. She is 61 years old as of 2018.
Pam Tillis Parents – Family
Pam’s parents are Doris Tillis (mother) and Mel Tillis (father).
She has five siblings: songwriter Mel “Sonny” Tillis, Jr., Carrie April, Connie, Cindy, and Hannah Tillis.
Pam Tillis Father
Pam’s father was American country music singer and songwriter Lonnie Melvin Tillis who died on November 19, 2017, of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85.
Prior to his death, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on June 9, 2007, and also into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Pam Tillis Husband – Pam Tillis Married
Pam has been married twice and both occasions have also ended in divorce. Her first husband was Matthew Spicher while her second was songwriter Bob DiPiero, to whom she was married from 1991 to 1998.
She has a grown-up son by the name Ben Asher Mason and lives in Nashville.
Pam Tillis Net Worth
Her estimated net worth is being updated.
Pam Tillis Albums
- Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey
- Put Yourself in My Place
- Homeward Looking Angel
- Sweetheart’s Dance
- All of This Love
- Every Time
- Thunder & Roses
- It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis
Pam Tillis Songs
- Maybe It Was Memphis
- Spilled Perfume
- Shake the Sugar Tree
- Let That Pony Run
- Mi Vida Loca
- Cleopatra, Queen of Denial
- The River And The Highway
- Don’t Tell Me What to Do
- When You Walk in the Room
- All The Good Ones Are Gone
- In Between Dances
- Blue Rose Is
- Land of the Living
- One of Those Things
- It’s Lonely Out There
- I Said a Prayer
- Do You Know Where Your Man Is
- Betty’s Got A Bass Boat
- I Was Blown Away
- Put Yourself in My Place
- Deep Down
- Melancholy Child
- A Whisper and a Scream
- Love Is Only Human
- Band in the Window
- Calico Plains
- Rough and Tumble Heart
- How Gone Is Goodbye
- Train Without a Whistle
- Sunset Red And Pale Moonlight
- Violet And A Rose
- Better Off Blue
Pam Tillis Tour 2019
- Saturday 09 March 2019
with Terri Clark and Suzy Bogguss
Shipshewana Event Center – Blue Gate Theatre, Shipshewana, IN, US
- Friday 10 May 2019
with Terri Clark and Suzy Bogguss
Ameristar Hotel & Casino, Kansas City, MO, US
- Saturday 17 August 2019
The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, VA, US
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Pam Tillis Joins WKHM
Updated On: 2nd August 2018
The Jackson County Fair opens with the Roots n Boots Country Music Jam with John Anderson, Little Texas, and Pam Tillis.
Pam Tillis is, of course, the daughter of the legendary Mel Tillis. Pam told WKHM that it was Minnie Pearl who got the ball rolling on the Tillis Family dynasty, which includes Pam’s CMA Vocalist of the Year in 1994 and a Grammy in 1999.
“He (Mel Tillis) was a tall, shy, skinny kid from Florida and he came up to Nashville to be a singer and before his ship came in, he found himself in Minnie Pearl’s road band for a short time playing rhythm guitar.” Pam said. She said that “he hadn’t quite gotten his confidence together, he was very embarrassed by his speech impediment.” She continued to say that Minnie Pearl sat Mel Tillis down and gave him the best advice that anyone had ever given him, and it carried on to his daughter, and the Tillis story turned out “a lot better than it did” Pam said.
So, what was Pearl’s advice? “Don’t be afraid. the world won’t ever laugh at you, the world will always laugh with you. The world loves somebody who can laugh at themselves.”
The Roots n Boots Country Music Jam begins at 7pm on Sunday at the Jackson County Fair. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available at the door, or eTix; and include admission to the fair.