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Johnny Cash’s Children: All About the Musical Legend’s 7 Kids

Johnny Cash's Children: All About the Musical Legend's 7 Kids
Photo: Kathy Cash, Rosanne Cash, Cindy Cash and Tara Cash pose backstage during "Becoming Our Father: Johnny Cash's Daughters in Conversation" at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 27, 2017. Terry Wyatt/Getty

The legendary “Man in Black,” Johnny Cash, left an indelible mark on the music world with his iconic voice and songwriting prowess. Beyond his musical achievements, Cash was also a dedicated father to seven children.

Before he achieved fame, Johnny Cash met his first wife, Vivian Liberto, in 1951 during his Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas. They married in 1954, shortly after his discharge, and just before his music career began to soar. Cash and Liberto had four daughters together: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara.


Their marriage faced significant challenges, including Cash’s severe struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, constant touring, and rumors of infidelity, leading Liberto to file for divorce in 1966. Shortly after, Cash met June Carter, whom he married in 1968. Together, they had a son, John Carter Cash. June also brought two daughters from previous relationships into the family: Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix.

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Here’s a glimpse into the lives and achievements of Johnny Cash’s children, each of whom has carried forward his legacy in their own unique ways.

Rosanne Cash

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Rosanne Cash, 69, is the eldest daughter of Johnny Cash. Following her father’s footsteps, Rosanne has carved out a successful music career, releasing 15 albums and earning four Grammy Awards and 16 Grammy nominations. Her many achievements include her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. According to her official website, she is currently an Artist-in-Residence at NYU.

Carlene Carter

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Carlene Carter, born in 1955, is the daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, who divorced when she was just two years old. When Carlene was 12, her mother married Johnny Cash, and she and her stepsister, Rosanne Cash, became backup singers in the Carter/Cash touring show. With both her parents being country singers, Carlene naturally gravitated towards a similar path. In 1991, she earned a Grammy nomination for her album “I Fell In Love” and was named the top new female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, as reported by PEOPLE. Today, Carlene continues to pursue her passion for music, actively touring and making special appearances on iconic stages like the Grand Ole Opry.

Kathy Cash Tittle

Kathy Cash, born in 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee, maintains a relatively private life but has ventured into multiple artistic avenues, including singing like her two sisters. She is predominantly known as an actress, with notable appearances in films such as “This Is Your Life” (1970), “What’s the Matter with Gerald?” (2016), and the documentary “My Darling Vivian” (2020). Since 1982, Kathy has been married to singer Jimmy Tittle, and together they have three children: Dustin, Kacy, and Thomas.

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Rosie Carter Nix

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Rosie Carter Nix, born in 1958 to June and her second husband Edwin Nix, began her singing career as a backup singer on her stepfather’s show, The Johnny Cash Show. She was also a semi-regular performing member of the Carter Family. Notably, she collaborated with Cash on his 1974 single “Father and Daughter.”


Tragically, on October 24, 2003, Rosie and Jimmy Campbell, a bluegrass musician who played the fiddle, were discovered deceased on a bus in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Initially considered suspicious, law enforcement later determined their deaths to be accidental. They died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by propane space heaters in the bus, which were used without proper ventilation.

Cindy Cash

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Rosie Carter Nix, born in 1958 to June and her second husband Edwin Nix, began her singing career as a backup singer on her stepfather’s show, The Johnny Cash Show. She also played a significant role as a semi-regular performing member of the Carter Family. Notably, she collaborated with Cash on his 1974 single “Father and Daughter.”

Tragically, on October 24, 2003, Rosie and Jimmy Campbell, a bluegrass musician who played the fiddle, were discovered deceased on a bus in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Initially, their deaths raised suspicion, but law enforcement later determined them to be accidental. They succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by propane space heaters in the bus, which were operating without proper ventilation.

Tara Cash Schwoebel

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Tara Cash Schwoebel, born in 1961, has opted to maintain a low profile compared to her sisters. Instead of following country music path like her family, Tara has discovered her passion in jewelry design and working in costume and wardrobe for films. Tara resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two sons.

John Carter Cash

The only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, has also carved his niche in the music industry. A multifaceted talent, John is a musician, songwriter, and producer, with collaborations spanning across numerous artists and albums, including productions for both his legendary parents.

In addition to his musical pursuits, John is an accomplished author, penning several books, among them a touching biography of his mother titled “Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.”

His production credits extend beyond family ties, as he’s worked with esteemed artists such as Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Vince Gill. Notably, John is the proprietor of Cash Cabin Enterprises, LLC, a music production company situated in the Cash Cabin Studio.

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