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, who is now a US Navy Chaplain stationed at the Naval Academy and a famous uncle, Country music legend Johnny Cash.
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, in which she participated in commercial, religious and civic engagements including performances with her uncle Johnny Cash, Lee Greenwood and the legendary Bob Hope, Kellye returned to college and, simultaneously, launched her career as a Christian music artist and speaker. She has numerous TV appearances including, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The David Letterman Show,” and “Hollywood Squares.” Kellye has also been a guest host on “The 700 Club,” several infomercials and she co-hosted her own local cable show called “Let’s Talk West Tennessee.”
She resides in Milan, TN with her husband, Todd Sheppard, a HS teacher and volleyball coach. They have 3 children, Brady (27), Cassidy (25) and Tatum (20). Kellye stays busy as a church pianist, fitness instructor, piano teacher, and music director for school and community theater productions. Kellye has coached a team in a creative problem solving competition called, “Destination Imagination.” Kellye was elected to the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee twice and campaigns for conservative political candidates and issues.
She makes approx. 50 appearances a year at charitable and political events, churches and conferences and has a concert schedule that includes the music of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, gospel and show tunes. Kellye occasionally takes roles in professional theater. She has played Patsy Cline in 9 productions and/or tours of the musical, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE and for 9 months starred as the Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in Branson, MO. Her other professional theater credits include 2 productions of RING OF FIRE, Annie in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Donna in MAMMA MIA, and most recently she played Tammy Wynette in STAND BY YOUR MAN at Cumberland County Playhouse. She has recorded 6 CD’s. Several are available on iTunes and at her concerts.