Johnny Cash’s oldest daughter Rosanne Cash is celebrating her 66th birthday today!
On May 24, 1955, Rosanne was born to Vivian Liberto. She gravitated towards music and got her first composer credit in 1976. Her father released “Love Has Lost Again” on his One Piece At A Time record, something his daughter had a major hand in creating. She studied English and drama at Vanderbilt University before moving to Los Angeles to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Rosanne Cash recorded her first solo demo in 1978 alongside famed writer/performer Rodney Crowell.
Rosanne Cash has had an extraordinary music career. She has won a total of four Grammy awards and received 12 nominations.
Similar to her father, Rosanne Cash was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has made hit after hit which has earned her 11 No. 1 singles on the country charts. Overall, she has had 21 Top 40 singles along with two RIAA Gold-certified albums.
Rosanne Cash’s Numerous Endeavors
Rosanne Cash welcomed five children. With her growing family, her music inspiration evolved.
“After the birth of my children, I just didn’t have anything in me to write,” she told Songwriting Magazine. The first couple of babies really frightened me, I thought my writing life was over, but then it comes back.”
She said that having and caring for children “takes enormous creative energy.” She continued, “Then gradually the energy that would go into your work and your writing comes back. I’ve seen that cycle and had it reappear throughout my life, so it doesn’t worry me.”
Finally, Rosanne Cash’s music is inspired by all aspects of her life. Rosanne’s goal is to inspire her daughters and other women.
“I grew up in the women’s movement and the civil rights movement, and I thought there was so much hope that everybody was gonna end up on a level playing field,” she told NPR. “I thought progress went in one direction. Turns out it does not go in one direction, and it requires a lot more dedication than I realized — than most of us realized. I have hope for my daughters and my son, who’s 19 years old. But sadly, I don’t know if the things I hope for them are going to be things that I see.”
Aside from music and her family life, she is a New York Times‘ bestselling author. Her memoir, Composed, reached the coveted title in 2010. Over the years, she has released Bodies of Water, Songs Without Rhyme: Prose By Celebrated Songwriters, and Bird on a Blade.