In 2005, Louisiana-born and North Carolina-raised singer Kellie Pickler landed a spot in the fifth season of American Idol. Though she finished sixth, the former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, resulting in a contract with BNA Records that yielded her debut album, Small Town Girl, in the fall of 2006.
The three singles released-"Red High Heels," "I Wonder," and "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind"-each broke the top 20 on the country charts. She was recognized by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association when both organizations announced their picks for the year's best new talent. From her 2008 self-titled sophomore album, Pickler released the singles "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" and "Best Days of Your Life," the latter she co-wrote with Taylor Swift. Kellie released her third studio album, 100 Proof, in 2012.
Pickler is positively exuberant these days. Through loneliness, uncertainty, vulnerability and heartbreak, the naïve small town girl has blossomed into a strong, independent, fearlessly feminine young woman.
Birthplace: Albemarle, North Carolina
Birth Date: June 28
Kellie at the Opry
|Grand Ole Opry House||Tue., 06/04/2013 7:00 p.m.||Tickets|
|Grand Ole Opry House||Tue., 06/04/2013 9:30 p.m.||Tickets|