THE ILLINOIS COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION'S
1993 "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" &
1991 "FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR"
AND 2007 RECIPIENT OF THE "PIONEER" AWARD
with Grandma in church at age four... starring on her own
radio show at eleven... a onetime "Little Miss Sunbeam
Bread" and performer on the "Corn Belt Country Style" TV
program ... featured performer on the Illinois Country Opry
Show ... appearing on the Grand Ole Opry at seventeen ...
later a regular on the New Salem and Nashville Sound country
oprys ... Pam Gilbert has long been a fan favorite.
Her powerful voice, dynamic stage
presence and captivating personality made Pam a guaranteed
draw at midwest country music shows for many years. During
the 1970's, Pam seasoned her talent, appearing on stage with
such greats as Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn,
Barbara Mandrell, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy
Clark, Mel Tillis, Bill Anderson, Billy "Crash" Craddock and
many others at Petersburg's Illinois Country Opry.
the following years, Pam raised a family while performing
guest spots on local opry shows and appearing as a regular
on the New Salem Country Opry in Petersburg and the
Nashville Sound Country Opry in Mason City, Illinois. She
also made time to act as a cheerleading coach at PORTA High
School, and to take up a part-time career as a dental
assistant. And as always, she takes great pride in
maintaining a beautifully decorated home. Along the way, Pam
has also garnered the praise of Illinois Country Music
Association fans, winning the "Female Vocalist of the Year"
award in 1991, and in 1993 the I.C.M.A. "Entertainer of the
Pam was deeply touched and honored to receive the Illinois
Country Music Association's "Pioneer Award" at their annual
Award Show on June 24, 2007. Recognized for her career as
one of Illinois' most entertaining country music stars, Pam
joins such names as Patsy Montana, Billy Grammer, "Uncle"
Johnny Barton, and her own father, Chet Gilbert, as a Hall
of Fame personality.
Although cutting back on appearances
the last couple of years, Pam has kept plenty busy with
children, stepchildren and now grandchildren. But, the
musical future is still being written for this young lady!