Produced in 1986 in Albemarle, North Carolina, Kellie Pickler began singing as a kid. She was raised by her grandparents after her mother left her. She scored a place on American Idol the next year. She got a record deal soon after her time on American Idol finished in 2006, and released her first album, Small Town Girl, the exact same year. She’s since released several popular country records, including 2011’s 100 Evidence.
The daughter of Cynthia Malone and Clyde “Bo” Pickler, she was left by her mom when she was a toddler. Her mom apparently break up along with her dad over his contemptuous behaviour.
In 1995, Pickler’s mom came back into her life. She was given guardianship of Kellie, but the scenario did not work out nicely. Cynthia returned Kellie to her grandparents two years after. In the age of 15, Pickler endured a great loss: the passing of her grandmother, with whom Pickler had first started singing. “We’d always sit together around the front porch swing,” she afterwards told People magazine.
During her high school years, Pickler was an associate of her school’s cheerleading squad. She also tried her hand at truly being a beauty contest contestant. She was employed as a waiter before she got her first big break.
She was up against other gifted unknowns, including Katherine McPhee, Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks. Pickler made it as far as the top six before being cut in the show. While she did not win American Idol, she soon gained the hearts of country music enthusiasts world-wide. Soon after her run on Idol finished, Pickler signed with BNA Records, and her debut record, Small Town Girl, premiered in 2006.
Featuring tunes like “Red High Heels,” Small Town Girl immediately reached the very top of the country charts. Pickler helped compose several tunes on the record, including “I Wonder.” She gave a dramatic performance of the melody in regards to a lost mom in the Country Music Association Awards ceremony in November 2007, breaking into tears by the conclusion of the song. She later admitted that she was fighting with depression during the time of the awards ceremony.
Pickler returned to the graphs in 2008, apparently even more powerful than before, with Kellie Pickler. The record contained her first Top 10 country hit, “Best Days of Your Life,” which Pickler co-composed with Taylor Swift.
Pickler also appeared to be flourishing in her private life around now. The pair tied the knot in a little, intimate service in the Caribbean on January 1, 2011. After that year, Pickler received much praise for her latest release, 100 Evidence. The record topped the country charts and spawned several hits, for example, title track and “Tough.”
In late 2012, Pickler made headlines for shearing off her long, blond locks. She shaved her head showing support for her companion, Summer Miller, who had been going to start treatment for breast cancer. She and Hough won the contest, beating out celebrity Zendaya Coleman, Olympic sportsman Aly Raisman and football star Jacoby Jones in the finals in May 2013.