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The Willis Family

The Willis Family is an American reality television show about a musical family, airing on TLC.[1] The show follows a family of 14 from Nashville, Tennessee demonstrating their musical and dancing skills while "sharing ... talents and balancing a life at home".[2] The family of entertainers, known onstage as The Willis Clan, reached the quarter finals of season 9 of America's Got Talent. Parents Toby and Brenda Willis have 12 children – eight girls and four boys – all of whose names begin with the letter "J", and their sons all have the middle name Scott.[3]

Family

Parents

  • Toby Willis – born (1968-04-29) April 29, 1968
  • Brenda Willis – born (1967-12-31) December 31, 1967
Children
# Name Date of birth
1 Jessica Jane "Jess" (1992-04-13) April 13, 1992
2 Jeremiah Scott "Jair" (1993-04-09) April 9, 1993
3 Jennifer Elizabeth "Jenny" (1995-01-04) January 4, 1995
4 Jeanette Lynn "Jet" (1996-04-15) April 15, 1996
5 Jackson Scott "Jack" (1998-05-26) May 26, 1998
6 Jedidiah Scott "Jedi" (1999-08-22) August 22, 1999
7 Jasmine Katerina "Jazzy" (2001-09-07) September 7, 2001
8 Juliette Rose "Julie" (2003-05-23) May 23, 2003
9 Jamie Christine (2005-05-24) May 24, 2005
10 Joy Anna (2006-12-02) December 2, 2006
11 Jaeger Scott (2009-10-04) October 4, 2009
12 Jada Marie (2010-10-27) October 27, 2010

The family has a strong Christian and musical heritage with roots from Ireland and south Chicago, moving to Nashville in 2001. They have made regular appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.[3]

List of episodes

# Title Original Air Date
1 "Momma" May 5, 2015 (2015-05-05)
A couple raise 12 children who are involved in music, dance, and wrestling in Nashville, Tennessee. Brenda's birthday is coming up, but she's so busy with the kids' lives that it's in danger of being forgotten until Jessica writes a song called "Mama," which their band perform later at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Also, the family helps raise money for a community charity with a concert at a local library.
2 "Dance Your Pants Off" May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)
A Grand Ole Opry opportunity to perform with country star Josh Turner catches the family by surprise, so they scramble to create a dance routine and choose a song while dealing with wardrobe malfunctions before the gig.
3 "Willis on One Knee" May 19, 2015 (2015-05-19)
Jair gets ready to propose to his girlfriend, Mary, and his sisters are eager to help. Meanwhile, the younger kids recreate a winning dance routine their older siblings did years ago.
4 "Kilt the Nudies!" May 26, 2015 (2015-05-26)
New musical performances help the family get in touch with their Irish roots.
5 "While Mom's Away..." June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02)
Brenda and Toby's romantic dinner is interrupted by Jaeger. Later, Jessica and Jair go to New York with their mother to shoot a music video and meet with a record executive, while Toby stays at home with the other 10 kids.
6 "Willis's Go West" June 9, 2015 (2015-06-09)
A month-long tour includes rock climbing in Minnesota, wrestling in Colorado, and surfing on the West Coast, but the kids must also find time for schoolwork and interviews in between gigs.
7 "A Willis Debut" June 16, 2015 (2015-06-16)
The cross-country tour ends, but now the family prepares for their album-release party.

References

  1. ^ "The Willis Family". TLC. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Maharana, Kabita (June 2, 2015). "The Willis Family: Can TLC's new show weave magic after Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 Kids And Counting?". International Business Times. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Tragedy to Triumph: The Willis Family, 20 years after the van crash claims 6 of 9 children". WGN Chicago. November 6, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
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