Kellye Cash

Kellye Cash-Sheppard (born February 2, 1965) is an American musician and beauty pageant titleholder.

Kellye Cash
Born (1965-02-02) February 2, 1965
TitleMiss Milan Crown and Scepter 1986
Miss Tennessee 1986
Miss America 1987
PredecessorSusan Akin
SuccessorKaye Lani Rae Rafko
Todd Sheppard (m. 1989)
RelativesJohnny Cash (great-uncle)
Tommy Cash (great uncle)
June Carter Cash (great-aunt)

Early life

Cash was born in Memphis, Tennessee.


Cash was crowned Miss Tennessee 1986 and later Miss America 1987, capturing preliminary honors in both the talent and swimsuit competitions.[1][2]


Following her reign as Miss America, Cash toured with Bob Hope’s USO Show and appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and others.[3]

She has performed with numerous musical artists, including Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, and Billy Joel, and appeared in regional theatrical productions. Cash was chosen for the role of country music legend Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline.[4] In 2003, from April to December, Cash played the role of "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Mansion America Theatre in Branson, Missouri.[5]

Cash has released six albums: four Christian and two country, including Living by the Word, and Real Life.[6]

She has hosted and performed at several pageants over the years as well as other events, such as for the finals of 2007’s ‘’Star Search’’.[7][8][9][10]


An advocate for conservative political candidates and issues, Cash has twice been publicly elected to the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party.[11] She performed at an event for presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, held before the 1996 Republican National Convention.[12]

Personal life

Cash is the great-niece of singers Johnny Cash and Tommy Cash.[13] Cash married Todd Sheppard, a teacher, in 1989.[13] The couple have three children.[11]

Her daughter, Cassidy, competed for the title of Miss Tennessee in June 2014, placing in the top 16 finalists.[14] In June 2019, her daughter, Tatum, was named 4th runner-up in the Miss Virginia competition.[15]


  1. Associated Press (1986-09-14). "Miss America grandniece of Johnny Cash". Houston Chronicle. p. 3.
  2. Mansfield, Stephanie (September 15, 1986). "Tennessee Cashes In". The Washington Post.
  3. http://redirection/people/kellye-cash.html
  4. "Kellye Cash performing with Huntington Symphony Orchestra". Ironton Tribune. 2009-08-05.
  5. "A new classic Christmas song, an old classic Christmas singer". Courier-News. 2003-12-07.
  6. "Cash to perform at Picnic with the Pops". Herald-Dispatch. 2009-08-09.
  7. "Miss America Preliminaries". Atlantic City Press. 2003-09-18.
  8. "Changes and familiar faces on view at pageant". Roanoke Times. 2008-06-24.
  9. "Miss Tri-Cities 2009 Crowned". TriCity Herald. 2009-07-19.
  10. "Star Search finals this Saturday". Memphis Commercial-Appeal. 2007-10-18.
  11. "Celebrities born and raised in Gibson County". Jackson Sun. 2009-05-17.
  12. "Buchanan will throw big party in Escondido". San Diego Union. 1996-07-24.
  13. Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Susan Akin
Miss America
Succeeded by
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Preceded by
Sonja Pleasant
Miss Tennessee
Succeeded by
Kris Beasley
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