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Kellie Pickler            

Country Music Artist, American Idol Alum, "Dancing with the Stars" Winner & Host of Daytime Talk Show "Pickler & Ben"

Kellie Pickler, a country music artist, first rocketed to fame by finishing sixth on the fifth season of "American Idol." Simon Cowell once stated that he preferred Pickler to Carrie Underwood, season four's winner. The former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, which resulted in a record deal with BNA Records that yielded her 2006 debut album, Small Town Girl.

In 2008, her eponymous sophomore album spawned her first Top Ten single on the Billboard Country chart, "Best Days of Your Life," which she co-wrote with friend and superstar Taylor Swift. Her third album, the Frank Liddell-produced 100 Proof, appeared late in 2011. That album was followed by 2013's The Woman I Am, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Pickler competed in Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" with partner Derek Hough in 2013, which they went on to win. In 2016, Pickler had the honor of being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, which includes musical artists such as Earl Scruggs, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Nina Simone, Doc Watson, Ben Folds, The Avett Brothers and Eric Church.

In 2017, Pickler started co-hosting the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Pickler & Ben" with comedian Ben Aaron.

On September 4, 2012, Pickler shaved her head on Good Morning America to show support for her childhood best friend, Summer Holt Miller, who was about to undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Pickler is also an active philanthropist. She actively supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she helps raise funds and gives kids special visits. On June 26, 2016, Pickler and her team won $25,000 for the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) on "Celebrity Family Feud."

Pickler has been known to give performances to raise money for causes close to her heart, such as to help refurbish the Hurricane Katrina-damaged NFL Youth Education Towns Boys & Girls Club of New Orleans and to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital.


Laura Dern, Kellie Pickler And Valerie Harper Kick Off National Women’s Lung Health Week
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative is joining forces with Academy Award-nominated actress, Laura Dern, country music star Kellie Pickler, and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, Valerie Harper, during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 10th -16th) to share their voices in an effort to defeat lung cancer in women.
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CMT : News : Kellie Pickler: Backstage at 2013 CMT Music Awards
Kellie Pickler owes a lot to fan-voted TV shows, launching her career after being an American Idol finalist and, more recently, winning the Dancing With the Stars ...
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Times Pop Music CriticFor some of us, she's still the Sushi Girl, the Calamari Kid, and that's cool with Kellie Pickler.
Kellie Pickler's New Album 'The Woman I Am' Due in November ...
The seeds for the title track on Kellie Pickler's fourth album, The Woman IAm due out November 12th were sown soon after the country singer and former.

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