January 31st Memorial Planned - Celebration of Mel's Life and Music To Be Held
Nashville, Tn - December 30, 2017. A celebration of Mel's life and music is planned for Wednesday, January 31st at the Ryman Auditorium from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
The memorial will be both a time of spiritual reflection on his life, with special speakers on hand and a time to celebrate his music.
At this time, artists include Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, the Gatlins, Darryl Singletary, Jamey Johnson, Splinter Middleton, the Stutterettes - Tammy Carter, and Tonya Wainscott, members of Mel's Statesider band, and others.
Details will be forthcoming. Thank you.
December 30th, 2017
To Mel's Fans and Friends - A special thank you
A statement from Mel's family on his passing -
As many of you know, our father passed November 19, 2017. He had suffered from a prolonged illness over the last 22 months. Though he was not able to return to the road, to the music he loved and the path God carved for him - your love and support didn't go unnoticed by him, or his family. We know he was grateful for the cards, calls and visits.
Our father cared deeply for many causes but two were particularlly dear to him, the Stuttering Foundation and the Shriners Hospital for Children Should you wish to honor him with a gift to either, he would surely be happy. The Stuttering Foundation wrote a particularly remarkable post on his life, it's worth reading as well.
In the coming months, we will be sharing more on his website of his legacy - in music and life.
Thank you for your kind words and endearing memories of our father. They have carried us through this difficult time.
December 20th, 2017
A Special Honor
Our Time has chosen to honor Mel Tillis at their 2013 Gala on April 22nd in New York City. Our Time is dedicated to helping kids who stutter with the use of the arts.January 30th, 2013
President Obama awards Mel Tillis National Medal of Art
Tillis, Al Pacino, Will Barnett, Rita Dove, Emily Rauth Pulitzer, Martin Puryear, Andre Watts and the United Service Organization, Honored by President at White House
Nashville, Tenn. (February 13, 2012) ñ This afternoon in Washington D.C., country music icon Mel Tillis was awarded the National Medal of Art by President Barack Obama.
Tillis, along with actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnett, author Rita Dove, curator, collector and arts patron Emily Rauth Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist AndrÈ Watts (not in attendance) and the United Service Organization were presented with medals as the 2011 recipients.
From the East Room of the White House, President Obama, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, presented the Country Music Hall of Famer with the prestigious medal. Tillis proudly accepted grinning ear-to-ear.
ìI've had a blessed career, and that has been acknowledged in many ways over the years,î says Tillis. ìI was pleasantly surprised when I got the call because I didn't know there were any more awards left to win. I'm very thankful and what an honor!"
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who "...are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, sand availability of the arts in the United States. Past recipients include B.B. King, James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou, George Jones, Hallmark Cards, Minnie Pearl, Robert Shaw, Johnny Cash, Frank Capra, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, AT&T and National Public Radio.February 13th, 2012
Academy of Country Music - Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
Along with Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis has been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.April 07th, 2010
An Interview with Mel Tillis
A recent interview with the legendary Mel Tillis! CSC recently spoke to the singer/songwriter/actor about his latest happenings, his take on today's new country, and MORE! Click here to read.November 01st, 2009
CMA Announces Ralph Emery, Vince Gill and Mel Tillis as Newest Members of Country Music Hall of Fame
Announcement Made at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum With Special Guests Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell
Nashville, Tennessee - The Country Music Association announced today that influential radio and television personality Ralph Emery, multi-award-winning entertainer Vince Gill and legendary singer/songwriter Mel Tillis will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Emery will be inducted in the ìNon-Performerî category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the ìCareer Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War IIî and ìRecording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980î categories. Gill will be the third artist inducted in the ìCareer Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Presentî category, which was created in 2005. Tillis will be inducted in the ìCareer Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975î category. ìInduction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest musical honor a Country Music artist and industry veteran can attain,î said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. ìAll three of these extraordinary men are highly deserving of this honor. ìRalph Emery brought more than just Country Music into our homes via radio and television. His entertaining and thought-provoking interviews have always provided a unique glimpse into the personal side of our favorite performers. ìAs a singer, songwriter and performer, Mel set a high standard for all entertainers. His presence in movies and TV alongside the top actors of that time gave Country Music a higher profile in the ë70s and made Mel a pop culture icon. ìVince is the ultimate triple threat: a singer with the voice of an angel, a songwriter who conveys the joys and heartbreaks of life with every word he writes, and a consummate musician, who is equally at home playing guitar with Chet Atkins or Eric Clapton. As the longtime host of the CMA Awards, Vince also represented Country Music with dignity and humor for 12 years.î Emery, Gill and Tillis will be officially inducted in October during the traditional, invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of FameÆ and Museum. ìIt is with great pride that CMA will induct these three outstanding artists and personalities into the Country Music Hall of Fame, where they will join a small yet monumental group of entertainers and industry veterans whose influence on Country Music is enormous,î said Genovese.August 07th, 2007
Mel Tillis Inducted As Newest Member of the Grand Old Opry
Nashville, Tennessee - Country music legend and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis was inducted into the world-famous Grand Ole Opry this evening. "Tonight we are honored to welcome one of country music's finest entertainers into the Opry's family of new stars, superstars, and legends," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president, and general manager. "Mel's remarkable talents as a singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian are a perfect compliment to the Opry's promise to present authentic, high-quality country music experience. Welcome to the family, Mel."June 09th, 2007
Mel Tillis Invited To Become A Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, Tennessee - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music legend and Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Tillis' formal induction will take place on Saturday, June 9.
After taking the Opry stage to perform two songs, Tillis was approached by Opry member Bill Anderson who asked, "How would you like to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry? We'd love to have you." A very moved Tillis replied, "This is another part of a dream yet to be fulfilled. The Opry's always been on my mind. God bless the Grand Ole Opry."
After Tillis walked off stage Anderson remarked, "When I was asked to invite Mel, I said, "I whisper and Mel stutters. No one is going to know what was said.!'"
"All of us with the Opry are excited to welcome Mel Tillis as our newest Opry member on June 9," said Pete Fisher, Opry, vice-president and general manager. "Mel is known around the world for his unique and high-quality brand of entertainment. Whether as a singer, actor, or songwriter, he represents what the Opry's all about, and we look forward to welcoming him into our family of new stars, superstars, and legends."May 12th, 2007