At the age of 19, Kellie Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol where it was evident to all that she was a star. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings/BNA Records to release her debut, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell over 800,000 copies worldwide and produce three singles, Red High Heels, I Wonder, and Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind. In 2008, Pickler released 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, with famed producer Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten. An avid supporter of the U.S. military, she has performed on six USO Tours, having most recently visited Afghanistan in Dec. 2012.
In May 2013, Pickler and her dance pro/partner Derek Hough won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on ABC Television's highlyrated Dancing with the Stars. The trophy and her dance outfit from her winning performance are currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Now signed to Black River Entertainment, Pickler is currently recording her new album, which will be released later this year. This summer, she reunited with Hough for her music video for Someone Somewhere Tonight Her current single, Little Bit Gypsy, can be heard on country radio stations nationwide.
"Amazing Country Starlet!"
– Country Weekly
"Country Music's HOTTEST female vocalist!"
– Rolling Stone Magazine