Pam Tillis was the daughter of a country legend and made her way into country music her way, according to

Tillis was born in Florida and raised in Nashville. She began piano lessons at 8 and turned to guitar at 12. She entered talent contests as a teen.

At 16, after surviving a near-fatal car crash and reconstructive facial surgery, she pursued music at University of Tennessee and sang with the High Country Swing Band.

Tillis quit school, worked for her father, formed a backup band (Freelight) then moved to San Fransisco. She returned to Nashville as a single parent and sang backup with her dad, all while writing songs.

She signed with a record label in the '80s and became known as a songwriter. Songs she wrote have been recorded by Highway 101, Chaka Khan, Dan Seals, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty, according to her website.

In the late '80s, she was in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and signed with a new label. From her first album, Put Yourself In My Place, which reached No. 10 on the album charts, she released "Don't Tell Me What To Do." That reached No. 5, and other singles charted in the Top 10, too.

Tillis' next album was Homeward Looking Angel, with the single "Shake The Sugar Tree" reaching No. 5.

According to her website, she is a Grand Old Opry member, CMA award winner, including Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994. She was a nominee for multiple ACMs, Grammys and AMAs. Tillis also has won two Grammys.

Tillis has recorded 10 albums, including a tribute to her dad, Mel Tillis, "It's All Relative." She has more than 30 singles that have charted and now has her own label.

In 2012, Tillis teamed up with Lorrie Morgan for the "Dos Divas" album and they are on tour.