Mel "Sonny" Tillis Jr.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mel Til- lis Jr. is proudly carrying on the musical tradi- tion set forth by his father, Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter/performer Mel Tillis . Born in Nashville, Mel Jr. , AKA Sonny Boy, is the fourth child of Mel and Doris Tillis. Tillis Sr. was working with Grandpa Jones in Kellogg, ID in 1963. Right before he was set to go onstage, someone said, “Mel! It’s Baptist Hospital in Nashville! Doris had a little boy!” The couple had three daughters before Mel Jr. came along, so they were thrilled to have a son. “I finally got me a little sonny boy,” Tillis Sr. said. The name stuck, and Mel Jr. will tell you he is always Sonny or "Sonny Boy" to family and friends. As a songwriter, Mel Jr. has had songs recorded by Reba McEntire , Trace Adkins , Lee Green- wood , Jamie O’Neal , Billy Currington , Ricky Skaggs , Chris LeDoux , Gene Watson , Suzy Bo- guss , Ty Herndon , and Clinton Gregory . Mel Jr. received BMI honors as co-writer of Jamie O’Neal’s No. 1 Grammy-nominated hit single, “When I Think About Angels.” As a performer, he has appeared on stage not only as a solo act, but also with his late father, touring coast to coast. Mel Jr.’s mission is to sing and let people get to know him though song and the honest little stories his dad was good at creating.
Photos courtesy of Mel Tillis Jr. and Cindy Tillis Storey
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Mel Tillis pictured with family members at Mel's Cheatham County home.
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