Kellie Pickler Biography
Birth Name - Kellie Dawn Pickler
Date of Birth - June 28, 1986
Albemarle, North Carolina, USA
Nickname - Kelsie ~ Pickles
Height - 5' 1" (1.55 m)
Spouse - Kyle Jacobs
(January 1, 2011 - present)
Trade Mark - Red high heels
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Kellie Pickler (born June 28, 1986) 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. 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. She released her self-titled second album in Fall 2008 and has produced the 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. In 2010, she was ranked as the 7th best American Idol alumnus.
Pickler was born at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina, 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.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, North Carolina, a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a half brother named Eric, a half sister, Courtney, and a half brother, Michael; however, she has never met Michael. After her grandmother's death from lung cancer in January 2002, 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! Charlotte contest. She finished in second place. 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. She dropped out and later focused on paralegal studies.
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Roommates with fellow idol contestant Katharine McPhee
Was a former Sonic waitress.
Finished 6th in American Idol
Hometown: Albemarle, North Carolina
Enjoys music by Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson
Her personal goals in life is to live a long happy life.
She can also dance and perform gymnastics.
Her first single "Red High Heels" from her debut album "Small Town Girl" under BNA Records was released September 13, 2006.
Received first Gold Record for debut album "Small Town Girl" on January 18, 2007 on "The View" (1997) and was presented by Rosie O'Donnell.
Close friends with Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Considers Dolly Parton her idol. She once met Dolly, due to a set up by her record label.
Raised 50,000 dollars for charity on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2007/I).
Loves to buy shoes.
A fan of the music by Queen.
Actively supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and many other charities.
Favorite flowers are daffodils, stating they are "sunny and cheerful".
Has three dogs named MooMoo, Pixie, Maddie, a monkey named Bella, a snake, and a cat named Pickles.
Favorite animal is a giraffe.
Is a vegetarian.
Has a half brother named Eric, a half sister, Courtney, and a half brother, Michael, however, she has never met Michael.
Favorite color is red.
Personal Quotes -
Dolly is a legend. Jessica is so beautiful. I take it as a big compliment when people put me beside them." About being compared to Dolly Parton & Jessica Simpson on the Idol red carpet.
"This is the first time I became famous. I'm gonna be on shows like TRL and VH1!" On her success after making it to the top 6 in the show.
I've seen my whole family struggle, with money, with relationships, with alcohol, and I thought there must be a better way. As you mature, you realize you don't choose your parents. It's not your fault what they do and you should not be ashamed.
I've always been comfortable in front of people. I've always been the joker, the class clown. Music and laughter is how I dealt with everything. I'd rather laugh about it than cry about it.
Of all the things I have been through in my life, the hardest thing I've ever gone through is the loss of my grandmother. She was always there for me, and then she was gone.
We are in a world where people want to find out the worst possible things about someone. It's never anything good. With the 5th Grader show, no one even recognized that I won $50,000 for my charity. It was never attention on anything good I did. Hell, I don't know the capital of Hungary. I don't know many people that do. I can't control what people say about me. I'm not stupid. If was stupid, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now.
I remember my mother and I were in the kitchen and I said, 'I wish God would take me away, I'd much rather be dead than live here with you.' She took a knife out, set it on the counter and said, 'Here, do it then.' I was in fourth grade. Of course I never would have acted upon it, but it's done a lot of emotional scarring.
Happiness has been about surrounding myself with positive people who love me, inspire me and lift me up. If I take in positive energy, then that's what I put back out into the universe.
Kellie Pickler Filmography
2007-2009 CMT Insider (TV series)
Episode dated 7 March 2009 (2009) (performer: "9 To 5")
Episode dated 8 December 2007 (2007) (performer: "Santa Baby")
2007-2008 CMT Top 20 Countdown (TV series)
Episode dated 3 January 2008 (2008) (performer: "Online")
Best of 2007 (2007) (performer: "Online", "I Wonder")
Episode dated 13 December 2007 (2007) (writer: "I Wonder" / performer: "Online", "I Wonder")
Episode dated 6 December 2007 (2007) (writer: "I Wonder" / performer: "Online", "I Wonder")
Episode dated 29 November 2007 (2007) (performer: "I Wonder", "Online")
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2007 Grand Ole Opry (TV series)
Best Opry Moments of 2007 (2007) (writer: "I Wonder" / performer: "I Wonder")
Episode dated 21 April 2007 (2007) (writer: "I Wonder" / performer: "9 to 5", "Red High Heels", "I Wonder", "Thing's That Never Cross a Man's Mind")
2007 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV movie) (writer: "I Wonder" / performer: "I Wonder")