Kellie Pickler is an American country music singer and television personality. She was born on June 28, 1986, in Albemarle, North Carolina. Pickler rose to fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the reality TV show "American Idol" in 2006, where she finished in sixth place.
After "American Idol," Pickler signed a record deal with BNA Records and released her debut album, "Small Town Girl," in 2006, which included the hit single "Red High Heels." She has since released several more albums, including "Kellie Pickler" (2008), "100 Proof" (2011), and "The Woman I Am" (2013).
In addition to her music career, Pickler has also appeared on several television shows, including "Dancing with the Stars," "Celebrity Family Feud," and "I Love Kellie Pickler," a reality show that aired on CMT from 2015 to 2017. She is also known for her philanthropic work, including supporting the USO and raising awareness for breast cancer.
Kellie Pickler music career
After graduating from high school, Pickler moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music. She auditioned for American Idol in 2005 and made it to the top 12 before being eliminated. However, her bubbly personality and country charm won over audiences, and she was offered a record deal shortly after the season ended.
Pickler's debut album, "Small Town Girl," was released in 2006 and went on to be certified gold. The album spawned three hit singles, including "Red High Heels" and "I Wonder," which was inspired by her mother's abandonment. The song earned Pickler a nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Hi, my name is Kellie and I am a coffee-aholic. (Hi Kellie) Any suggestions on what to replace my coffee routine with? If you say "lemon water" you will be blocked.😉
— kellie pickler (@kelliepickler) November 2, 2022
Pickler's second album, "Kellie Pickler," was released in 2008 and featured the hit single "Don't You Know You're Beautiful." The album also included a duet with country legend Kenny Rogers called "Someone Somewhere Tonight."
Over the years, Pickler has continued to release new music and tour extensively. She has released four studio albums in total, including "100 Proof" in 2012 and "The Woman I Am" in 2013. Her most recent album, "Feeling Tonight," was released in 2021.
In addition to her music career, Pickler has also dabbled in acting, appearing in several TV shows and films, including "90210" and "Nashville." She also won Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2013, further solidifying her status as a beloved celebrity.
Why did Kellie Pickler stop singing?
Many of Kellie Pickler's fans were surprised by her decision to take a break from the music scene. The country music star, known for hit singles like "Red High Heels" and "Best Days of Your Life," decided to step away from the spotlight to pursue other interests.
In a People Magazine interview, Pickler explained that she was eager to take a break from singing and explore new opportunities. She added that her hiatus from the music industry has given her the chance to prioritize her personal life, which includes starting a family and getting married.
"My husband Kyle and I have been writing. He’s been working so hard producing [music] and whatnot. We’re ready to get back in the studio and put new music out that will heal and help people,"
– she told “Sounds Like Nashville”.