Kellie Pickler, singer/actress/producer, grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol.” In 2006, she signed with 19 Recordings/BNA Records and released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell more than 900,000 copies worldwide and produce three hit singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” She followed that in 2008 with her self-titled sophomore record, featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10) and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, 100 Proof, in 2011 to huge critical acclaim. The album was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone and listed on the “Best of 2012” by The Washington Post. In Spring 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars.” That same year, she also released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut and “Selma Drye” which Pickler also launched into her trademark home-goods line with the Grand Ole Opry. Kellie voiced the lead character, a singing sweet potato named Mirabelle, in the Veggie Tales animated movie “Beauty and the Beet” in 2014 and for Nickelodeon (2016) she voiced a lead character in the wildly popular series “Shimmer & Shine.” Kellie has been a proud representative of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame since 2016.
Kellie took on the role as executive producer on her CMT docu-comedy series “I Love Kellie Pickler” which co-starred her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs. The series debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. The hit television series returned for a second season in August 2016. The lively and dynamic Pickler went on to co-host two seasons of the multi-Emmy nominated syndicated daytime show “Pickler & Ben” with executive producer Faith Hill.
In 2018, Kellie made her Hallmark Channel debut with “Christmas at Graceland,” their highest-rated movie in history and most-watched movie of the year, playing the film’s lead, Laurel: a finance executive who rediscovers her passion for singing; a role she reprised in the June 2019 sequel “Wedding at Graceland.” For the films, Kellie recorded and performed beloved Christmas songs including: “Silent Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Joy To The World,” and Elvis Presley hits “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Hound Dog.” In-between touring, Kellie filmed her third Hallmark Channel movie “The Mistletoe Secret,” airing in November 2019.
Recently, Pickler recorded “It’s Such a Good Feeling,” the closing theme of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” for the Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music and Memories special album project released October of 2019.
Pickler is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having completed eleven USO Tours. She has been honored with the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award, the USO Heart for the Warrior Award and the Chris Kyle Patriot Award.