Charlene Tilton, the daughter Cherish Lee on paving her own way in country music

Cherish Lee is the daughter of Johnny Lee and Charlene Tilton.

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Cherish Lee, the daughter of the world famous honky tonk singer Johnny Lee, and “Dallas” beauty Charlene Tilton, but the aspiring country singer is still struggling to break through in show business.

The 35-year-old described in the “Children of the Song” podcast on the difficulties start in Nashville and getting “screwed” twice.

“People have literally tried to take me out,” Lee said, adding that she tried other careers, but they never worked.

“I dabbled in acting; I tried bartending; I am a terrible waitress, so I thought I best stick to singing and writing songs,” she said with a laugh.


A promotional still from the series “Dallas” shows Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing) as she leans on the arm of a chair, September 1978.

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When she landed her first record deal, Lee thought it was finally her turn. But they soon found themselves being “bullied” in a bad contract.”

“The first [deal] was bullied in the signature of this crazy, I think it’s a seven-year contract,” she recalled.

Chance Number 2 came along, and Lee soon discovered that they are not in a better a place, than she was with her first record deal.

“It was heartbreaking when it happened for the second time, however, I have the free and clear from that [contract] when I was nine months pregnant and that is actually how this [new] album came to be,” she said to the podcast. “Because I wasn’t going to let anything else stolen from me.”

She added, “When I had that taste of being screwed over a second time…I was like, ‘Enough, I’m done.’ I put my foot down and I succeeded.”

Listen to Cherish Lee’s full Children of Song episode here. You can download or stream the podcast from the Children of the Song homepage or become a subscriber to Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Google Play, or Stitcher.

You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.

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