Pam Tillis (birth name – Pamela Yvonne Tillis) is an American country singer-songwriter who won the Best Female Vocalist award from the Country Music Association.

Biography

Tillis was born on July 24, 1957, in Plant City, Florida, USA.

She is the daughter of Mel Tillis, an American songwriter and country music legend who composed over 1,000 country music songs. Pam said about her father:

“My Dad gave me lots of advice, a small fraction of which I took. But one thing I did listen to was, ‘Get on television any time you can.’ ”

In 2007, Mel was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On February 13, 2012, Barack Obama awarded Mel the National Medal of Arts.

Some of his biggest hits include – Coca-Cola Cowboy, Good Woman Blues, and I Ain’t Never. On November 19, 2017, Mel died of respiratory failure in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

On the loss of her father, Pam declared:

”It is still hard. He was really vigorous up until the end, so that was a blessing.”

Pam went on to say:

”He didn’t have a compromised quality of life for most of his life.”

Her mother is Doris Yvonne Tillis. She passed away on August 28, 2019. She was 79.

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Childhood

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Pam started taking piano lessons when she was eight years old. At age 11, she received her first guitar. At age 16, she survived a near-fatal car crash that required extensive facial reconstruction.

Following surgery, Pam enrolled at the University of Tennessee.

In 1981, she released her debut single, “Every Home Should Have One.” In the same year, Pam signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Debut Album

In 1983, Pam signed a contract with Warner Bros. Later, she released her first album, titled – ”Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutie.” The album included a song co-written by her best friend, Callie Khouri.

In 1989, she signed with Arista Nashville. In December 1990, Tillis released her first single with Arista Nashville, named – “Don’t Tell Me What to Do.” The single reached number 5 on the country charts.

On January 29, 1991, Tillis released an album named – ”Put Yourself In My Place.” It has been certified Gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States. ”Put Yourself In My Place” was her first album for Arista Records.

In 1991, she was nominated for a Horizon Award by the Country Music Association.

On September 29, 1992, Tillis released her third album, entitled – ”Homeward Looking Angel.” It has been certified Platinum for shipments of more than 1,000,000 copies in the United States. ”Homeward Looking Angel” was a #23 album on the Billboard charts. 

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In April 1994, Pam released her fourth album, named – ”Sweetheart’s Dance.” “Spilled Perfume” is the lead single from her album. It peaked at number 5 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. The song was released in March 1994. “Spilled Perfume” was written by Dean Dillon and Pam Tillis.

On November 7, 1995, she released the album – “All of This Love.” It has been certified Gold for shipments of more than 500,000 units in the United States. “All of This Love” reached #25 on the Billboard country albums charts.

In 1998, Tillis performed in episodes of NBC’s L.A. Law and Promised Land and Diagnosis: Murder on CBS.

In 1998, she released another album, called – ”Every Time.” It peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard country albums charts.

In the follow-up year, Pam won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Tillis also starred on Broadway in Smokey Joe’s Café, a musical revue.

In 2007, Pam launched her own record label, named – ”Stellar Cat Records.” Her first album for her own record label is titled – ”RhineStoned.”

In 2012, Tillis released an album called – “Recollection.”

In Spring 2013, Pam released her debut duets album with Lorrie Morgan, named – ”Dos Divas.” On November 10, 2017, Lorrie and Pam released their second album.

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In 2020, she released the album ”Looking for a Feeling.”

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Husband

In 1978, Pam Tillis married Rick Mason. Later, the two got divorced.

On February 14, 1991, Pam Tillis married Bob DiPiero, an American country music songwriter.

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DiPiero has written for – Patty Loveless, Tim McGraw, Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Van Zant, Reba McEntire, Delbert McClinton, Vince Gill, Etta James, Faith Hill, Billy Currington, Shenandoah, Bryan White, Neal McCoy, Travis Tritt, Highway 101, Trace Adkins, Restless Heart, Martina McBride, Ricochet, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, and John Anderson.

The couple divorced in 1998.

Children

Tillis has a son with her first husband, named Ben Mason (born in 1979).

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Height

Pam is 5′ 6″ (1.68 m) tall.

Quotes

”I think everybody’s got some things here and there that they would rethink or do differently.”

”If you don’t try, how will you know how good you are?”

”Just because I was born into ‘country music royalty,’ as some people call it, doesn’t mean it was an easy road.”

”Live long enough to see a grandkid; that would be awesome.”

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Trivia

She once said about Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner:

”I could tell they were colorful characters. I was thinking these aren’t like any of my friend’s parents.”

When asked about the impact of technology on country music, she responded:

”There are pros and cons.”

Pam later added:

”There are different ways for artists to reach fans, and it levels the playing field, since people can get a following without a record deal.”

 Mel “Sonny” Tillis Jr., her brother, is also a songwriter and singer.

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Pam Tillis – Net Worth

Tillis earned most of her wealth from selling her albums as well as from selling tickets to her concerts. So far, Pam released 13 albums. Her only number 1 hit on the country charts was the single titled “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life).”

Pam also inherited some money from her parents. For instance, her father (Mel Tillis) had an estimated net worth of $20 million. She has five siblings.

Therefore, American country music singer Pam Tillis has an estimated net worth of $7 million.

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References

https://www.wideopencountry.com/pam-tillis-mother-doris-tillis-dies
https://theboot.com/dorris-tillis-dead-dies/
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pam-tillis-talks-grits-and-glamour-tour

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