Mel Tillis

Singer and songwriter
Two men shake hands.

2011 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/songwriter Mel Tillis receives his medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 13, 2012. Photo by Anthony Brown, Imigination Photography.


Mel Tillis famously overcame a stutter to develop his iconic style, both poetic and down-to-earth. Having written over 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums, Mr. Tillis brought his unique blend of warmth and humor to the great tradition of country music. vHe remains one of the most inventive artists of the golden generation of singer-songwriters. 

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