ONAMIA -- One of country music's favorite female stars is coming to the lakes area this weekend for a pair of performances at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Pam Tillis -- country's 1994 Female Vocalist of the Year -- will entertain the faithful at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday in the casino's 1,300-seat convention center.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $17 and $22.
Who: Pam Tillis
What: Country singer
Where: Grand Casino Mille Lacs
When: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $17 and $22 at the door
An offspring of country hall-of-famer Mel Tillis, the singer-songwriter is a chip off the old block, cutting out a recording career that likely would make her father proud.
Her albums have struck gold and platinum and many of her singles have seemed like permanent residents in the catbird seat on the sales charts. Tillis has recorded 15 Top 10 singles, including seven at No. 1.
Several of her CDs have surpassed the magic million-sale mark, including "Put Yourself in My Place" in 1991 and "All of This Love" in 1995.
Among her country fans, however, she's probably best known for the best-selling singles "Don't Tell Me What to Do" and "Mi Vida Loca," which prompted Tillis' musical reputation, in the words of one critic, as "daring without being inaccessible, dedicated without being humorless."
A child of the biz -- she made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 8 -- Tillis knocked around the studio recording and nightclub scenes in Nashville and elsewhere for much of her early career.
She was in and out of a variety of bands with jazz and rock, even rhythm and blues pedigrees, appearing as backup singer on several albums, including Mel Tillis' 1980 hit release, "Your Body Is an Outlaw."
Her compositions were recorded by other artists, ranging from Juice Newton to Conway Twitty, according to her official Internet site and other sources.
She emerged on the country scene in the early 1990s under the Arista recording label, releasing a series of hits that some have called "instant classics." Her rise was acknowledged by the Country Music Association, which anointed her career with the Female Vocalist of the Year Award.
Tillis is the latest in a series of top-country recording performances at the casino. In recent months the area's country fans have seen the Charlie Daniels Band, Loretta Lynn, Alabama and other major performers on the casino's stage.
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