Kellie Pickler
American country singer; American Idol contestant
Kellie Pickler
Kellie Dawn Pickler is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol, eventually finishing in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist, releasing her debut album, Small Town Girl, later that year. To date, it has sold over 800,000 copies.
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Kellie Pickler gets into the Christmas spirit
Fox News - about 2 months
Kellie Pickler adds her own touch to the Christmas season with her 2016 holiday collection for her home product line, the Selma Drye collection.
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Kellie Pickler honored for support of troops
Fox News - 5 months
Kellie Picklers longstanding dedication to giving back to Americas Armed Forces was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. Pickler received the special honor, titled the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award, Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.
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Kellie Pickler opens up
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Kellie Pickler talks season 2 of 'I Love Kellie Pickler'
Fox News - 6 months
Country music star shares moments
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Kellie Pickler Hilariously Misses The Buzzer In Celebrity 'Family Feud' Fail
Huffington Post - 8 months
"Top answer on the board: Name one of the many ways you can embarrass yourself on 'Family Feud.'" We're going to say: missing the buzzer when trying to answer, Steve. During a special celebrity edition of "Family Feud" on Sunday, "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler and her family faced off against *NSYNC member Lance Bass and his family. When it came time for the country singer to face off against the former boy-bander, she couldn't keep her cool. Not only was she freaking out with excitement, she also completely missed the buzzer after host Steve Harvey said the first question. As you might have predicted, her reaction is adorable.  You can watch the funny moment in the clip above.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Kellie Pickler on Taylor Swift: 'I'm not part of any squad'
Fox News - 10 months
Idol alum does her own thing
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Blondes Still Trending Lost Past Summer
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Blondes are hangin' on. Summer has long faded into fall as we head into the Holiday season, a time when hairstyles typically shift toward darker colors. We're certainly seeing those deep, rich browns and some reds but the lighter shades, including baby blondes, are still holding strong on the trend meter. It looked like summer at the recent Country Music Association Awards, there were so many blondes on the red carpet: Carrie Underwood, Jewel and Kellie Pickler. Miranda Lambert wore hers with the ends blushing fuchsia-pink, keeping with a trend of soft looks but with a pop of color. It will be interesting to see whether we find the same affinity for these light, bright shades at the American Music Awards this weekend. Maybe this is just a country thang, but I doubt it. I bet we see lots of blondes on the red carpet leading to the festivities at the AMAs in Los Angeles. One style we're seeing a lot of with the blondes is a dark base, right at the roots near the part. The colo ...
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Men's Hair Rocks Country Music Awards; Women Keep It Soft, Natural
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Just as I thought, the women on the red carpet at the Country Music Association Awards went with subtle, soft colors and natural layering. Carrie Underwood was beautifully emblematic of this strong trend with her baby blonde locks and big, open waves. But the men... wow! This is where the action and variety were at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Chase Bryant was rockin' his mohawk. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line was working a great David Bowie look. Lots of guys had great beards, namely Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square, Chris Young, and John Carter Cash. Of course, at the CMAs, guys wore cowboy hats, including Garth Brooks, Clay Walker, and Dustin Lynch. Granger Smith and Kane Brown donned baseball-style caps. The men seemed to make more of a statement with hair than the women this year with more variety and looks, long hair, short hair, mohawks and classic cuts, too. Steve Martin showed us again how great gray hair can look on a guy. The women's ...
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Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs talk about new reality show
Fox News - over 1 year
Show takes audience behind the scenes
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Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler teaming up for new daytime talk show
Fox News - over 1 year
Faith Hill's music career will remain on hold as she focuses on a new television venture.
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Hollywood Nation: Kellie Pickler, Faith Hill team up
Fox News - over 1 year
Pair set to work on daytime talk show
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Comment on Florida Georgia Line’s “Fire” Hits Top 10 at Country Radio; Kelsea Ballerini Goes Top 15 by Kelsea Ballerini, Kellie Pickler Walk the ACM Awards Red Carpet
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
[…] Earlier Sunday, Kelsea Ballerini learned that her breakthrough single “Love Me Like You Mean It” is now a Top 15 hit at country radio. […]
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform. Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure! Kenzie Hall American Idol Audition Spencer Lloyd - "Say Something" Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion? Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something." Kenzie Hall’s put an acoustic spin on Macklemore’s "Can’t Hold Us." Tiquila Wilson and Jena Asciuto also performed admirably. Following the Solo auditions, though, it was on to the Group round, an exercise in forced drama and editing that never produces quality music. In this case, Jessica Meuse was made to look like a drama queen for want ...
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Kellie Pickler at the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Fox News - about 3 years
Rick Reichmuth reports from New York
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New Music: Albums From Destroyer, Kellie Pickler and Danielle Bradbery
NYTimes - about 3 years
Two former TV contestants, Kellie Pickler of “American Idol” and Danielle Bradbery of “The Voice,” have new albums, as does Dan Bejar’s Destroyer.     
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The Woman I Am by Kellie Pickler - Country Weekly
Google News - over 3 years
Country Weekly The Woman I Am by Kellie Pickler Country Weekly If you loved Kellie Pickler's last album, 100 Proof, which was filled with traditional country music themes and arrangements, get ready for Chapter 2. With The Woman I Am, Kellie has made a natural evolution while managing to stay true to those things that are ... and more »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kellie Pickler
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    On the June 26th, 2016 broadcast of Celebrity Family Feud, Kellie and her team won $25,000 for her charity USO.
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  • 2015
    Age 28
    In 2015, it was announced that Pickler and Jacobs would star in a 13-episode reality show for CMT entitled I Love Kellie Pickler.
    More Details Hide Details The show premiered on November 5, 2015. Pickler actively supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she helps raise funds and gives kids special visits. She also participates in charitable events to help raise funds for various organizations. She has performed to help raise funds for the "N.C. Children's PROMISE" to benefit the Children's Hospital on Nov. 12, 2006, to help refurbish the Hurricane Katrina-damaged NFL Youth Education Towns Boys & Girls Club of New Orleans on December 16, 2006, visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on January 12, 2007, and visited Pennington Elementary School on February 1, 2007. "When you're able to give back to your communities and organizations like St. Jude, it's a great thing," Pickler said. "It's been a great experience, and I encourage anyone and everyone to help." Pickler participated with other country artists in an online auction for charity by Mario Magro: Kiss for a Cause Foundation Celebrity Auction held June 15–25, 2007, in support of orphaned and abandoned children. The event auctioned off celebrity lip prints and signatures pressed on the inside of Mario Magro Crystal Le Coop handbags at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. In November 2007, Pickler appeared on a celebrity edition of the quiz show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, playing for the charities of her choice, (American Red Cross and the AARP's Grandparenting Program).
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year, and as of 2014, the album has sold over 900,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details The album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Red High Heels" at #15, "I Wonder" at #14, and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" at #16. Pickler released her self-titled second album in 2008, and that album has produced four singles: "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" at #21, "Best Days of Your Life" at #9 (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10 hit), "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" at #14, and "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" at #30.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    She performed "Little Bit Gypsy" on November 25, 2013 episode in the seventeenth season.
    More Details Hide Details Pickler's mother was repeatedly charged with writing bad checks and was convicted in 1988 for passing a forged prescription for Valium at the Albemarle Wal-Mart, where she worked.
    On May 21, 2013, Pickler and Derek Hough were announced the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She performed a well received super sized freestyle, scoring a perfect 30 and garnered effusive praise from the dance judges.
    Pickler's fourth album, The Woman I Am, was released on November 11, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Pickler wrote the title track with her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs.
    Pickler's first single with Black River Entertainment, "Someone Somewhere Tonight," was released on May 14, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details After eight weeks, it reached a peak of number 49 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in July 2013. "Little Bit Gypsy" was released on August 19, 2013 as the second single from her forthcoming fourth studio album.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    On October 8, 2012, CMT reported Pickler had signed with the independent record label Black River Entertainment.
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    On July 10, 2012, she sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
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    On June 27, 2012, ABC News Radio reported that Pickler parted ways with Sony Nashville.
    More Details Hide Details Pickler's manager told ABC News Radio, "Kellie's contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew it".
  • 2011
    Age 24
    It was announced that Pickler's third album would be produced by Frank Liddell, known for producing country artist Miranda Lambert's albums. "Tough" was released on June 13, 2011 as the lead-off single to Pickler's third album, 100 Proof, which was released on January 24, 2012. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 and at number two on the Top Country Albums chart. "Tough" reached a peak of number 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart, while the album's title track, which was released as the second single in April 2012, peaked at number 50 on the same chart.
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    Pickler related for a background piece on Dancing with the Stars that the couple had planned an elaborate ceremony, but as the date approached, "I looked at him and said, 'Baby, this ain't us.'" On January 1, 2011, she and Jacobs eloped and married in a "small, intimate ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean".
    More Details Hide Details On September 4, 2012, Pickler shaved her head on Good Morning America in support of her friend, Summer Holt Miller, who started chemotherapy after breast surgery.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    After two and a half years of dating, Pickler became engaged to songwriter Kyle Jacobs on June 15, 2010, the day of her late grandmother's birthday, after he proposed on a beach at sunset.
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    The song debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and became her fifth Top 20 hit, peaking at number fourteen in February 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On October 26, Pickler won the title of Country Weekly's poll of most beautiful woman in country music for the second year in a row. Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood were the second and third places, respectively. "Makin' Me Fall In Love Again" was released as the album's fourth single on April 19, 2010. It debuted at number 53 and peaked at number 30.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You", a re-recording from Picklers' first album Small Town Girl, was released as the album's third single on August 30, 2009.
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    Pickler accompanied Swift on the first leg of her Fearless Tour 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In June, she launched her first ever headline concert tour in promotion of her self-titled album. On October 8, it was announced that Pickler would be part of the second leg of Fearless Tour.
    Pickler was nominated for "Female Video Of The Year" at the 2009 CMT Music Awards for "Don't You Know You're Beautiful".
    More Details Hide Details She lost once again to Swift. She also presented the award for "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year" with Idol judge Randy Jackson.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    She was also nominated for "New Artist Of The Year" for the second year in a row, but lost to Lady Antebellum. "Best Days of Your Life" made its radio debut in November 2008, and debuted at number 56.
    More Details Hide Details The song climbed very slowly up the chart, but ended up becoming Pickler's first Top 10 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. After nearly 40 weeks on the chart, the song peaked at number nine in August 2009. A music video was made by Roman White, featuring Taylor Swift, who co-wrote and sang background harmony vocals on the song.
    On November 12, 2008, Pickler performed the second single from her album Best Days of Your Life at the CMA Awards.
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    Her second album, Kellie Pickler, was released on September 30, 2008 and debuted at the top of the country chart, as well as number nine on the Billboard 200, selling over 43,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details It matched the debuting spots of her first album, Small Town Girl.
    "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" was released to radio in June 2008 and was a Top 25 hit for Pickler, peaking eventually at number twenty-one.
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    She performed the debut single, "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" at the ACM Awards on May 18, 2008 and received a good response from the audience.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for "Top New Female Vocalist", but the award went to Taylor Swift.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In 2007, Pickler was in a relationship with Nashville Predators player Jordin Tootoo and visited his family in Nunavut.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, the two broke up. Pickler's best friend is Summer Miller, who Pickler met when they were teen pageant hopefuls. Pickler is close friends with Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, the latter of whom co-wrote Pickler's second single "Best Days of Your Life" from her album Kellie Pickler, with her American Idol roommate Katharine McPhee, for whom she was a bridesmaid at McPhee's 2008 wedding. In June 2008, she joined Carrie Underwood, a long-time vegetarian, in giving up eating meat. Pickler says she first decided to go vegetarian for health reasons, but a TV ad that vegetarian Pamela Anderson did for animal rights group PETA piqued her curiosity. "One night I couldn't sleep and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I'm like, 'Hmmm, PETA.' I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible. It's animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat." In May 2009, it was announced that Pickler was nominated for, and won, the title of "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA.
    She performed "I Wonder", at the 2007 CMA Awards.
    More Details Hide Details During the performance, she was visibly overcome with emotion and struggled to even finish the song before bursting into tears. The performance received a standing ovation. She was also nominated for the Horizon Award. The performance led her to receive 3 CMT awards the following April. While "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" was climbing the country charts (it eventually reached number sixteen), Pickler returned to the studio to record her second studio album for 19 Recordings/BNA Records.
    On September 2007, Pickler released a version of "Santa Baby" for a Christmas country compilation.
    More Details Hide Details A month later, at the ASCAP Awards in Nashville, Pickler received a songwriter award for co-writing "Red High Heels".
    Pickler appeared in country music artist Brad Paisley's music video "Online" in 2007.
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    She was also part of Brad Paisley's "Bonfires & Amplifiers" concert tour from April 2007 through October as one of the opening acts.
    More Details Hide Details The tour was booked in at least 37 cities across North America including a couple of stops in Canada.
    On January 18, 2007, Pickler co-hosted The View and was presented with a gold record by Rosie O'Donnell, certifying that her album has reached the 500,000 sales mark.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed her second single, "I Wonder", which is a personal song about her absent relationship with her mother, Cynthia Morton. It was the first performance of the song on national television. Pickler was nominated for "Top New Female Vocalist" for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    Her debut album, Small Town Girl, released on October 31, 2006, topped Billboard's Top Country Albums and landed at number nine on the Billboard 200 selling over 79,000 copies in its first week, making Pickler the highest-selling first-week sales for a new artist in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes five songs that Pickler co-wrote with songwriters Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, and Karyn Rochelle.
    Her first single, "Red High Heels", debuted on September 13, 2006, and its music video was officially released on October 20, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details It received a nomination for the CMT Video Awards for "Breakthrough Video of the Year".
    Pickler pursued her recording aspirations in Nashville, Tennessee, shortly thereafter. On July 17, 2006, she signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BNA Records.
    More Details Hide Details She later announced it herself on The View. She was part of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006, performing for three months in various cities. During that period, Pickler worked on her album in collaboration with top industry experts in different cities wherever the tour took her.
    On May 6, 2006, she returned to Albemarle, North Carolina, for a parade and a reunion with her father.
    More Details Hide Details She received a key to the city from the mayor of Albemarle. The mayor also proclaimed the day as "Kellie Pickler Day". Pickler also received numerous awards from local and statewide government officials praising her accomplishments as a contestant on the American Idol television show.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    The 19-year-old Pickler auditioned for American Idol in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details She sang both Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing". The judges sent her to Hollywood. Pickler advanced through the semi-final rounds in February. On March 9, she reached the Top 12. Pickler was among judge Simon Cowell's favorites. He once predicted Pickler would be in the final three, and said he preferred her over the previous season's winner, Carrie Underwood. Recognized for her "quirky" personality and Southern charm, Pickler gained attention on the show by saying that she had hardly ever performed before real audiences, and by mispronouncing words. She was compared to Jessica Simpson in a March 27 story in US Weekly magazine titled "Kellie: The Next Jessica Simpson", due to her "sweet Southern style and ditzy demeanor". Pickler has stated several times that she was not heavily exposed to modern pop culture.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the "Miss Stanly County" pageant at age 17 and subsequently competed for Miss North Carolina 2004.
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    Pickler graduated in 2004 from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details She was a cheerleader and beauty queen. She sang "On the Side of Angels" by LeAnn Rimes at her high school graduation. She worked as a waitress at a Sonic Drive-In franchise and, in 2005, she made an appearance on WSOC-TV's Gimme the Mike! Charlotte contest. She finished in second place.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Age 2
    Pickler's parents split up the day after her second birthday; a year later, in July 1989, her mother vanished.
    More Details Hide Details During periods when her father, Bo, was incarcerated, she would live with her grandparents outside Albemarle, 45 miles northeast of Charlotte. In 1992, Pickler's mother returned to Albemarle, but rarely made contact with her. But in March 1995, with Bo Pickler in prison for armed robbery, her mother was granted custody. Pickler was in the fourth grade. "She got custody of me for two years," Pickler said in a February 2006 interview with The Observer. "During that time, she was physically and mentally abusive of me." In a 1997 court filing, Pickler's grandparents said that her mother had moved to Union County with her and treated her harshly. The court restored custody to the grandparents. Her mother vanished again, and Pickler has not heard from her since. Her father, whom she describes as an alcoholic and drug addict, served a three-year-nine-month prison sentence at Florida State Prison for aggravated assault and battery stemming from a 2003 stabbing incident. He was released on May 6, 2006, a week after her elimination from Idol. In an April 2006 interview with NBC Pickler said, "One thing that's so important in life is we learn to forgive others. I ask the Lord every day to forgive me for my sins and for things that I've done wrong. And who am I to not forgive someone for what they've done?" "God tells us to love everyone."
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on June 28, 1986.
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