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Kellye Cash Biography
Many people recognize Kellye Cash, if not by sight, by her reign as Miss America 1987. Others have become acquainted with this gregarious Tennessean through her extensive travels and numerous appearances around the country.
As the first child of retired Navy Captain and Mrs. Roy Cash, Jr., Kellye learned at an early age to adapt to new surroundings. After all, her father’s career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot took them all over the country and even overseas. Her Christian upbringing included a younger brother, Carey, and a famous uncle, Country music legend Johnny Cash, who many country musicians wanted to perform with.
During her junior year of college, a fraternity sponsored her in the Miss Memphis State Pageant. Her “first runner-up” position spurred her on, and her ten years of classical piano and voice training helped her win the Miss Milan Pageant in March 1986, Miss Tennessee 1986, and Miss America 1987. Following her year as Miss America, during which she participated in numerous civic and religious programs, Kellye returned to college and, simultaneously, launched her career as a Christian music artist and speaker.
Kellye resides in Milan, Tennessee with her husband, Todd Sheppard, and 3 children, Brady, Cassidy and Tatum. Kellye and Todd direct and teach the college and career department at their local church where Kellye is also very involved in the music department as a pianist and singer. Kellye was elected to the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee twice and campaigns for conservative political candidates and issues. She makes approximately 100 appearances each year at charitable and political events, pageants, churches, crusades, youth camps, and ladies’ conferences and occasionally takes roles in professional theater. Kellye hasrecently played the part of Patsy Cline in eight productions and/or tours of the musical, “Always…Patsy Cline” and for nine months starred as the “Narrator” in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Branson, Mo.
Kellye has just completed another production and tour of “Always…Patsy Cline” to sold out performances all over the Southeastern United States. She has recorded 6 CD’s 4 Christian and 2 Country.
My Way Woman 1 Capitol Theater – Union City, TN Dec. 2005
Always…Patsy Cline Patsy Cumberland County Playhouse Spring 2005
Always…Patsy Cline Patsy Cumberland County Playhouse
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Narrator Mansion America – Branson April-Dec. 2003
Always…Patsy Cline Patsy Empire Theater – San Antonio Nov. 2002
Always…Patsy Cline Patsy Matt Davenport Prod. – 2 tours April 2002 & Nov. 2001
Performed “Jackson” and “I Still Miss Someone” in concert with great-uncle Johnny Cash
Performed with Bob Hope in USO show
Performed “God Bless the USA” with Lee Greenwood at Liberty Bowl.
Competed in and won the 1987 Miss America Pageant
Television (Partial List)
On the Record with Greta van Susteren special guest
Praise the Lord, TBN special guest
The 700 Club, CBN guest co-host, guest performer
The Joan Rivers Show special guest, guest performer
The David letterman Show special guest
Back Home, Back When; Cash and Cline; Real Life; Living by the Word; I Choose Jesus
Other Work Experience
Television talk show host, commercials, print work, concerts, speaker, event host
San Diego State University speech
University of Memphis piano, voice, communication arts