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Infobox musical artist|name = Kellie Pickler|image = Kellie Pickler 2008-12-17 cropped.jpg|image_size =200|caption =|birth_name = Kellie Dawn Pickler|background = solo_singer|birth_date = birth date and age|1986|06|28|origin = Albemarle, North Carolina , United States |genre = Country music|Country |occupation = Singer-songwriter |years_active = 2006�present|label = BNA Records|BNA / 19 Entertainment|19 Recordings |associated_acts = Catherine Britt Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood |website = http://www.kelliepickler.com Official Kellie Pickler Site Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an United States| American country music artist and television personality . She gained fame as a contestant on the American Idol (season 5)|fifth season of the Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox reality show American Idol , eventually finishing in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Entertainment|19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist, releasing her debut album, Small Town Girl (album)|Small Town Girl , later that year. To date, it has sold over 800,000 copies. The album, which was certified gold album|gold by the RIAA , produced three singles on the Billboard (magazine)|Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: " Red High Heels " at number fifteen, " I Wonder (Kellie Pickler song)|I Wonder " at number fourteen, and " Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind " at number sixteen. She released her Kellie Pickler (album)|self-titled second album in Fall 2008 and has produced the singles " Don't You Know You're Beautiful " at number twenty-one, " Best Days of Your Life " at number nine (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10 hit), " Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You " at number fourteen, and "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" at number thirty. In 2010, she was ranked as the 7th best American Idol alumna. http://www.billboard.com/features/top-24-american-idols-of-all-time-1004088662.story? tag=hpflash1#/features/top-24-american-idols-of-all-time-1004088662.story? page=3
Pickler was born at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina|Albemarle , North Carolina ,, a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina|Charlotte , to Cynthia Morton and Clyde "Bo" Raymond Pickler, Jr. Her mother left when Kellie was 2. She came back and got custody for two years, but the court returned Kellie to her grandparents when she was 12, as her father was in and out of jail during her childhood. Therefore, she was raised by her grandparents.cite web|url= http://www.lansinglowdown.com/index.php/article/450 |title=Country singer's runaway mom comes out of hiding :: Lowdown |publisher=Lansinglowdown.com |date= |accessdate=2010-05-01 She cites the major influences in her life as her grandfather, a former electrician Clyde Raymond Pickler, Sr., and grandmother Faye Pickler. She was raised in Albemarle.cite news|author = Jay Almond|title = Pickler sign pilfered|url= http://www.thesnaponline.com/homepage/local_story_349132234.html? keyword=leadpicturestor|publisher = CNHI News Service, Stanly News & Press|date = December 14, 2006|accessdate = 2006-12-15 She has a half brother named Eric, a half sister, Courtney, and a half brother, Michael; however, she has never met Michael. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2213728/bio After her grandmother's death from lung cancer in January 2002,cite web|last=Tauber |first=Michelle |url= http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1554806,00.html |title=Kellie Pickler Kicks off a Career in Country - Kellie Pickler |publisher=People.com |date=2006-11-03 |accessdate=2010-05-01 she continued to reside with her grandfather and her younger sibling Eric until she became a contestant on Idol . Pickler graduated in 2004 from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina . 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& #33; Charlotte contest. She finished in second place. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the "Miss Stanly County, North Carolina|Stanly County " pageant at age 17 and subsequently competed for Miss North Carolina 2004. She dropped out and later focused on paralegal studies. http://www.wcnc.com/kelliepickler/stories/wcnc-jmn-pickler-051507-no-tc.72a67727.html 'Kellie Pickler: Dating, her family and the tour, WCNC-TV|WCNC , 15 May 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
Main|American Idol (season 5)The 19-year-old Pickler auditioned for American Idol in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina . 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 . American Idol . http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/articles/content/a392/index-9.html Recap of Season 5 Episode 12 Retrieved on 2006-03-07. Recognized for her "quirky" personality and Southern United States|Southern charm, Pickler gained attention on the show by saying that she had hardly ever performed before real audiences, and by mispronouncing words. American Idol Top 24, Top 11 and Top 9 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.
After her elimination, she appeared in numerous shows promoting the TV show and performed the song " Walkin' After Midnight " in some of her appearances.
On May 6, 2006, she returned to Albemarle, North Carolina , for a parade and a reunion with her father. 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.Hometown support links: http://www.co.stanly.nc.us/Commissioners/Minutes/2006/05012006rm.htm Stanly County Board of Commissioners, http://www.albemarledowntown.com/kellie.htm Downtown Albemarle Development Corporation, http://www.ci.albemarle.nc.us/kelliepickler.htm Official City of Albemarle Website
Pickler pursued her recording aspirations in Nashville, Tennessee|Nashville , Tennessee , shortly thereafter. On July 17, 2006, she signed a record deal with 19 Entertainment|19 Recordings / BNA Records . She later announced it herself on The View (U.S. TV series)|The View . She was part of the American Idols LIVE& #33; 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.cite web|author = Rick Ellis|title = Q& A With Kellie Pickler |url = http://www.allyourtv.com/0607season/q& akelliepickler.html|publisher = allyourtv.com |date = October 30, 2006|accessdate = 2006-11-22
2006�2007: Small Town Girl
See also|Small Town Girl (album)Her first single, " Red High Heels ", debuted on September 13, 2006, and its music video was officially released on October 20, 2006. It received a nomination for the CMT Video Awards for "Breakthrough Video of the Year".cite web |author = www.cmt.com |title = CMT 2007 music Awards|url = http://www.cmt.com/shows/events/cmt_music_awards/2007/vote/ |publisher = www.cmt.com|date = January 31, 2007|accessdate = 2007-02-02cite news|author = Yahoo& #33; Music|title = Red High Heels music video on Yahoo& #33; Music |url = http://music.yahoo.com/ar-32442090-videos--Kellie-Pickler|publisher = Yahoo& #33; Music |date = October 20, 2006 |accessdate = 2006-10-21
Her debut album, Small Town Girl (album)|Small Town Girl , released on October 31, 2006, topped Billboard's Top Country Albums and landed at number nine on Billboard Top 200 selling over 79,000 copies in its first week, making Pickler the highest-selling first-week sales for a new artist in 2006. The album includes five songs that Pickler co-wrote with songwriters Chris Lindsey , Aimee Mayo , and Karyn Rochelle .cite news|author = Marnie|title = Kellie Pickler Debuts First Single|url = http://www.americanidol.com/news/2006/09/pickler-debuts-first-single.htm|publisher = Fox American Idol |date = September 12, 2006|accessdate = 2006-09-13cite news|author = CMT.com|title = CMT Loaded: CMT Top 20 Countdown 10.26.06 Kellie Pickler Interview 1|url = http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/pickler kellie/artist.jhtml|publisher = CMT.com|date = September 23, 2006|accessdate = 2006-10-26cite web |author = www.songmusiclyric.com|title = RED HIGH HEELS � KELLIE PICKLER |url = http://www.songmusiclyric.com/2006/10/22/red-high-heels-kellie-pickler/|publisher = songmusiclyric.com|date = September 22, 2006|accessdate = 2006-10-28 |archiveurl = http://www.songmusiclyric.com/2006/10/22/red-high-heels-kellie-pickler/ |archivedate = March 1, 2007
On January 18, 2007, Pickler co-hosted The View (U.S. TV series)|The View and was presented with a gold record by Rosie O'Donnell , certifying that her album has reached the 500,000 sales mark. She also performed her second single " I Wonder (Kellie Pickler song)|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 TV.cite news|author = Yahoo& #33; News|title = "Montana" soundtrack, Manilow lead U.S. charts|url = http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061108/media_nm/sales_dc_2|publisher = Yahoo& #33; News |date = November 8, 2006|accessdate = 2006-11-10Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBotcite news|author = AP |title = Top recordings|url = http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/entertainment/15977368.htm? source=rss& channel=belleville_entertainment|publisher = Belleville News-Democrat |date = November 10, 2006|accessdate = 2006-11-10 |archiveurl = http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/entertainment/15977368.htm? source=rss& channel=belleville_entertainment |archivedate = July 2, 2007
Pickler was nominated for "Top New Female Vocalist" for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards.cite news|author = biz.yahoo.com |title = Nominations Announced for the 42ND ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC(R) AWARDS Country Music's Party of the Year(R)|url = http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070305/nym087.html? .v=61 |publisher = biz.yahoo.com|date = March 5, 2007|accessdate = 2007-03-05Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot
She was also part of Brad Paisley's "Bonfires & Amplifiers" concert tour from April 2007 through October as one of the opening acts. The tour was booked in at least 37 cities across North America including a couple of stops in Canada.cite news |author = Kym Kilgore KELLIE PICKLER ROCKS|title = Brad Paisley rolls with 'Bonfires & Amplifiers'|url = http://www.livedaily.com/news/Brad_Paisley_Taylorswift_rolls_with_Bonfires Amplifiers-11306.html? t=98|publisher = www.liveDaily.com|date = January 9, 2007|accessdate = 2007-01-17 cite news|author = Mike zeppieri|title = Calendar of Canadian concerts for June 29 to July 29'|url = http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20070628/ca_pr_on_en/tab_concert_calendar_2 |publisher = news.yahoo.com|date = June 28, 2007|accessdate = 2007-01-01 |archiveurl = http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20070628/ca_pr_on_en/tab_concert_calendar_2 |archivedate = July 5, 2007
Pickler appeared in country music artist Brad Paisley 's music video " Online (song)|Online " in 2007.cite web|url= http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7GcVnhNjWV0 |title=Broadcast Yourself |publisher=YouTube |date= |accessdate=2010-05-01
On September 2007, Pickler released a version of " Santa Baby " for a Christmas country compilation. A month later, at the ASCAP Awards in Nashville, Tennessee|Nashville , Pickler received a songwriter award for co-writing her debut single "Red High Heels". She performed her second single, " I Wonder (Kellie Pickler song)|I Wonder ", at the 2007 CMA Awards . 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.
In November 2007, Pickler appeared on a Celebrity Edition of the quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (U.S. game show)|Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? , playing for the charities of her choice ( American Red Cross and the AARP 's Grandparenting Program).cite news|author = KelliePickler.com|title = Kellie Appears on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader|url = http://www.kelliepickler.com/site.php? em2277=185249_-1__0_~0_-1_9_2008_0_0|publisher = KelliePickler.com|date = November 12, 2007|accessdate = 2008-09-11Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot Worth a guaranteed $25,000, she was asked, " Budapest is the capital of what European country? ". She replied, "This might be a stupid question� I thought Europe was a country." She voiced that it might be a place where people spoke French, and then was repeatedly confused as to whether France really was a country or not. When told the answer was Hungary , she did not believe the host. She said, "Hungry? That's a country? I've heard of Turkey, but Hungry? I've never heard of it." http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx? id=331119 Are you dumber than an American Idol contestant? Thanks to the classmate saving her, she was able to pass the $25,000 mark and went on to win $50,000 before walking away; had she not been saved, she would have left with nothing at all. While on her first USO concert tour in Iraq, Pickler met a few people from Budapest, Hungary, who presented her with a flag of their country.cite video | people = Kellie Pickler| title = Kellie Pickler: My USO Diary|url = http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_kellie_pickler| medium = TV-Documentary Special| publisher = GACTV|location = Iraq|date = 2008 cite news |author = Jack Hill|title = Pickler well-schooled in singing |url = http://www2.arkansasonline.com/news/2008/feb/29/pickler-well-schooled-singing-20080229/ |publisher = Arkansas Democrat-Gazette www.arkansasonline.com|date = February 29, 2008 |accessdate = 2008-09-11
2008�2010: Kellie Pickler
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 Entertainment|19 Recordings / BNA Records . She performed the debut single, " Don't You Know You're Beautiful " at the Academy of Country Music|ACM Awards on May 18, 2008 and received a good response from the audience. She was nominated for "Top New Female Vocalist", but the award went to Taylor Swift .
"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. 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. It matched the debuting spots of her first album, Small Town Girl (album)|Small Town Girl .
On November 12, 2008, Pickler performed the second single off her album, " Best Days of Your Life " at the CMA Awards . 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. 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.
Pickler was nominated for "Female Video Of The Year" at the 2009 CMT Music Awards for "Don't You Know You're Beautiful". She lost once again to Taylor Swift. She also presented the award for "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year" with Idol judge Randy Jackson .
Pickler accompanied Taylor Swift on the first leg of her Fearless Tour 2009. 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 will be part of the second leg of Fearless Tour . http://www.billboard.com/news/taylor-swift-announces-second-leg-of-fearless-1004020541.story#/news/taylor-swift-announces-second-leg-of-fearless-1004020541.story Billboard.com
" Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You ", a re-recording from Picklers' first album Small Town Girl (album)|Small Town Girl , was released as the album's third single on August 30, 2009. 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.
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. http://www.cmt.ca/News/NewsItem.aspx? news_id=8675 CMT.ca
"Making 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.
2011�present: 100 Proof
It was announced that Kellie's third album will be produced by Frank Liddell, known for producing country artist Miranda Lambert 's Miranda Lambert discography|albums . http://www.cmt.com/news/hot-dish/1627685/hot-dish-its-been-a-great-year-for-country-music.jhtml CMT NEWS " Tough (Kellie Pickler song)|Tough " was released on June 13, 2011 as the lead-off single to Pickler's third album, 100 Proof , which is scheduled for a January 24, 2012 release date.
Pickler's father, whom she describes as an alcoholic and drug addict , recently served a three-year, nine-month prison sentence at Florida State Prison for aggravated assault and battery (crime)|battery stemming from a 2003 stabbing incident. http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/entertainment/television/13893587.htm 'American Idol's' Pickler: Singer and survivor, Charlotte Observer , 17 February 2006. Retrieved 05 July 2006. He was released on May 6, 2006, a week after her elimination from Idol .
Pickler's mother was repeatedly charged with writing Non-sufficient funds|bad checks and was convicted in 1988 for passing a forged prescription for Diazepam|Valium at the Albemarle Wal-Mart , where she worked. The day after Pickler's second birthday, her parents split up. A year later, in July 1989, her mother vanished. When her father would get locked up, Pickler would live with her grandparents, outside Albemarle, which is 45 miles northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina|Charlotte . In 1992, her mother returned to Albemarle, but rarely made contact with her daughter Kellie. But in March 1995, with Bo Pickler in prison for armed robbery, her mother was granted custody. Kellie was in the fourth grade. "She got custody of me for two years," Kellie said in a FebruaryWhen|date=February 2011 interview with The Observer . "During that time, she was physically and mentally abusive of me." In a 1997 court filing, Kellie's grandparents said her mother had moved to Union County, North Carolina|Union County with the girl and treated the child harshly. The court restored custody to the grandparents. Her mother vanished again, and Kellie hasn't heard from her since. In an April 2006 interview with National Broadcasting Company|NBC Kellie 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? " said Kellie. "I have forgiven her. I know that I haven't spoken to her in years and I probably wouldn't know her if I saw her. But she's my mother and she's a person. God tells us to love everyone. And I love her. She's my mother." http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-042806-kellie.7c42b036.html dead link|date=May 2010
On February 26, 2007, she met her personal 'idol' and strongest influence, the country music superstar Dolly Parton . The surprise was arranged by Sony BMG Music Entertainment|Sony BMG Nashville chairman Joe Galante.cite web|author = KelliePickler.com|title = Idol meets Idol � Pickler & Parton|url = http://kelliepickler.com/site.php? content=news|publisher = KelliePickler.com|date = February 26, 2007|accessdate = 2006-02-27 |archiveurl = http://www.kelliepickler.com/site.php? content=news |archivedate = August 19, 2007
In 2007, Pickler was in a relationship with Nashville Predators player Jordin Tootoo and visited his family in Nunavut, Canada .cite news |title = Kellie Pickler's New Love |url = http://www.usmagazine.com/kellie_pickler_love |work=US Magazine |date=2007-05-23 |accessdate=2007-06-27 |archiveurl = http://usmagazine.com/kellie_pickler_love |archivedate = May 25, 2007 http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/06/21/tootoo-pickler.html? ref=rss Nunavut hockey star introduces American Idol girlfriend to family. CBC News . 2007-06-21. Later that year, the two broke up.Aarthun, Sarah. http://www.wcnc.com/kelliepickler/stories/wcnc-100207-jmn-pickler_hockey-pickler_section.12ea85b87.html Kellie Pickler breaks it off with 'hockey guy'. The Charlotte Observer . WCNC-TV. 2007-10-02.
Pickler's best friend has been Summer Miller, who Pickler met when they were teen Beauty contest|pageant hopefuls.cite web|last=Tauber |first=Michelle |url= http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20059990,00.html |title=Kellie's Wild Ride - American Idol, Kellie Pickler |publisher=People.com |date=2006-11-13 |accessdate=2010-05-01 Pickler is close friends with American Idol American Idol (season 4)|fourth season winner Carrie Underwood , country pop singer Taylor Swift , the latter of whom co-wrote Pickler's second single " Best Days of Your Life " from her album Kellie Pickler (album)|Kellie Pickler ,cite web|last=Willman |first=Chris |url= http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20175230,00.html |title=Swift Kicks & #124; Music |publisher=EW.com |date=2008-02-01 |accessdate=2010-05-01 with her American Idol roommate Katharine McPhee , for whom she was a bridesmaid at McPhee's 2008 wedding and also with songwriter Aimee Mayo .cite web|url= http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/02/08/katharine-mcphee-wedding-pictures/ |title=Katharine McPhee Wedding Pictures & #124; Katharine McPhee, Nick Cokas, Wedding : Just Jared |publisher=Justjared.buzznet.com |date=2008-02-08 |accessdate=2010-05-01
In June 2008, she joined close friend 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 Google search|Googling random stuff and I'm like, 'Hmmm, PETA.' I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible. It's cruelty to animals|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."cite web|last=Finan |first=Eileen |url= http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20236190,00.html |title=Kellie Pickler Gets Help Eating Her Veggies from Carrie Underwood - Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler |publisher=People.com |date=2008-10-28 |accessdate=2010-05-01 In May 2009, it was announced that Pickler was nominated and won the title of "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA.cite web|url= http://www.peta.org/FeatureSexiestVegetarianCelebrity.asp |title=Kellie Pickler and Milo Ventimiglia Voted Sexiest Vegetarians Alive of 2009 |publisher=PETA.org |date= |accessdate=2010-05-01
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.Derschowitz, Jessica. "Kyle Jacobs and Kellie Picker are Engaged." CBS News. N.p., 23 June 2010. Web. 23 June 2010. < http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20008621-10391698.html>. Pickler and Jacobs eloped on January 1, 2011 in a "small, intimate ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean"."Kellie Pickler & Kyle Jacobs Have a Surprise Wedding." People, 4 January 2011. < http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20454272,00.html>
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,cite web |author = ncchildrenspromise.org|title = RADIOTHON/TELETHON |url = http://ncchildrenspromise.org/radiothon.shtml|publisher = ncchildrenspromise.org |date = November 16, 2006|accessdate = 2007-03-07 to help refurbish the Hurricane Katrina damaged NFL Youth Education Towns Boys & Girls Club of New Orleans on December 16, 2006,cite web|author = MultiChannel.com|title = CMT, Cox Restock N.O. Kids� Haven|url = http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6397326.html? display=Breaking+News|publisher = MultiChannel.com|date = December 5, 2006|accessdate = 2007-03-07 visited St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital on January 12, 2007,cite web|author = kelliepickler.com |title = St. Jude|url = http://kelliepickler.com/site.php? content=links|publisher = kelliepickler.com|date = March 1, 2007 |accessdate = 2007-03-07 |archiveurl = http://www.kelliepickler.com/site.php? content=links |archivedate = August 19, 2007 and visited Pennington Elementary School on February 1, 2007.cite web|author = gactv.com|title = Kellie Pickler Adjusts to Spotlight|url = http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5324115,00.html |publisher = gactv.com|date = February 2, 2007|accessdate = 2007-03-07 �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.�cite web |author = stjude.org|title = Country stars visit St. Jude |url = http://www.stjude.org/countrycares/0,2710,618_3348_22427,00.html? rss=fundraising|publisher = stjude.org |date = January 12, 2007|accessdate = 2007-03-07Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot
Pickler was part of a Country and Western artist studded 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.cite web|author = www.kissforacause.org |title = Mario magro kiss for a cause foundation to hold online celebrity auction|url = http://www.kissforacause.org/press.html|publisher = www.kissforacause.org|date = June 10, 2007|accessdate = 2007-06-28
In 2007 she appeared on a charity episode of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? " On the episode, she missed a question about the location of Budapest, and in her conversation with Jeff Foxworthy revealed that she thought Europe was a country and was not sure about the status of France.
She has participated in three USO tours. The first, in late 2007 and early 2008, took her to Iraq;cite video | people = Kellie Pickler| title = Kellie Pickler: My USO Diary|url = http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_kellie_pickler|medium = TV-Documentary Special|publisher = GACTV| location = Iraq|date = 2008 cite web|author = Dave|title = Kellie Pickler to Perform on USO Tour|url = http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/? pid=1105|publisher = Dave|date = December 3, 2007|accessdate = 2007-12-03 the second, in December 2008, included stops in Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and England. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20248545,00.html Kellie Pickler's USO Tour People Magazine, December 22, 2008 In January 2010, Pickler made stops in Iraq and Kuwait on a 10-day tour with Randy Houser and Jamey Johnson. The three country stars "played remote bases on the front lines of the war zone, and the sound of gun fire became their frequent companion at night." http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2010/02/04/randy-houser-puts-his-army-boots-on/ GACTV.com, Feb. 4, 2010.
In early August 2009, Pickler participated in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 's rebuilding of James Terpenning's family home in Beavercreek, Ohio . Pickler performed a free concert at the home, and helped during reconstruction.cite web|url= http://projects.daytondailynews.com/cache/galleries/Entertainment/Music/2009extrememakeover_pickler/ |title=Dayton Daily News & #124; Photo Galleries & #124; Kellie Pickler performs at 'Makeover' site |publisher=Projects.daytondailynews.com |date=2009-08-05 |accessdate=2010-05-01
Main|Kellie Pickler discography;Albums
2006: Small Town Girl (album)|Small Town Girl
2008: Kellie Pickler (album)|Kellie Pickler
2012: 100 Proof
Awards and nominations
CMT Music Awards
Female Video of the Year: " Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You "
Collaborative Video of the Year: " Best Days of Your Life " (with Taylor Swift)
American Country Awards
Female Artist Single of the Year: " Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You "
Female Music Video: " Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You "
Tearjerker Video of The Year: "I Wonder"
Performance of The Year: "I Wonder @ CMA Awards"
Academy of Country Music Awards
Top New Female Vocalist of The Year
Country Music Association Awards
New Artist of the Year
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
I Wonder " (most performed country songs of the year)
Academy of Country Music Awards
Top New Female Vocalist Of The Year
Country Music Association Awards
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
Songwriter award for " Red High Heels " (most performed country songs of the year)
American Living Unstoppable Tour (2010) with Rascal Flatts
Nothing Like This Tour (2010) with Rascal Flatts
Commons category|Kellie Pickler
http://www.kelliepickler.com Official website
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AI contestant|5|kellie_pickler|Kellie Pickler
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