Kellie Pickler

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About Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler's truck-sized twang, wrapped inside a wispy soprano, came to country music at the right time to get a proper hearing. She was a standout contestant on American Idol in 2005 and a year later produced a massive debut, Small Town Girl. Pickler cowrote five of the album's songs, including the self-asserting anthem "Red High Heels," equal parts Carrie Underwood and Carrie Bradshaw, and "I Wonder," a complicated ballad about mothers and daughters. Born in Albemarle, North Carolina in 1986, Pickler presented herself as a big personality who enjoyed cheeseburgers and crunching, U2-esque guitars over tales of the Walmart parking lot on a Friday night. She came around when women in country were getting a diminishing fraction of the airplay their male counterparts received, which only strengthened her resolve. After a follow-up in the vein of her debut, Pickler did what the best artists do: made the record that told her story, the one she wanted to make. Released in 2012, 100 Proof stripped away layers of guitar and vocal overdubs for a sound that's grown-up and rootsy. The album starts out asking "Where's Tammy Wynette when you need her?" and leaves you thinking she's not as far away as you thought.

Albemarle, NC, United States
June 28, 1986

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