‘90s country star Pam Tillis, known for hits like “Maybe It Was Memphis” and “Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” recently appeared on the weekly radio show Honky Tonkin’ With Tracy Lawrence and chatted about the music industry with the “Paint Me a Birmingham” singer.
As the daughter of country legend Mel Tillis, she initially avoided being in the shadow of her father’s massive success and began her career as a pop artist. After a bumpy start, she committed to making a country record, which turned into a successful and award-winning career. The Grand Ole Opry member and former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has made her mark in country music with her signature sound and timeless songs.
During her conversation with Lawrence, the fellow country stars discussed the evolution of the New Faces showcase during the annual Country Radio Seminar. Lawrence asked Tillis if she listens to the radio and if there are any artists that jump out to her.
“There’s some great young talent I like,” said Tillis. “I’m proud of the ladies like Lauren Alaina and Carly Pearce.”
She continued with a bold statement about Miranda Lambert’s place in history. “Miranda [Lambert] has paved the way for this new crop of ladies,” said Tillis. “I think she’s our Loretta Lynn.”
Lambert, the most-awarded artist in Academy of Country Music history, was just named to TIME’s Annual TIME100 List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and Lynn shared her praises for the honor.
“Congrats, @mirandalambert! They figured out what we all knew already. #girlpower #keepitcountry #realcountry”
The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer also took to Twitter after Lambert won the 2022 ACM Entertainer of the Year award to applaud Lambert’s success.
“I’m still loving that @mirandalambert won Entertainer of the Year this year at the @acmawards. I love seeing these female artists getting the job done. At my place, it’s #InternationalWomensDay every day! #StillWomenEnough #girlpower”
Known for her authenticity, Lambert told TIME why she sticks to three chords and the truth.
“That’s what country music is,” she said. “And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she added. “I’m one of the lucky ones whose gotten to do this for almost two decades now in country music, so I’m just going to continue to share my message and hope it helps others.”