Small Town Girl by Kellie Pickler on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kellie Pickler was a breakout star of American Idol's fifth season, and no less an authority than Simon Cowell said on the show that he preferred her to the previous season’s winner, Carrie Underwood. Where Underwood is a marquee diva in the mold of Faith Hill, Pickler is a scrappy country girl in the tradition of Bobbie Gentry, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Produced by Blake Chancey—who oversaw The Dixie Chicks’ breakout albums—Pickler’s 2006 debut, Small Town Girl, applies a stinging self-possession, even on sugary pop material like “My Angel” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Her limitless swagger and sincerity is the reason she can handle surging pop tunes like “Small Town Girl” and “Got to Keep Moving” as easily as rollicking country fare like “One of the Guys” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” Though she happily plays the role of underdog, Pickler packs enough gusto to fill out Faith Hill–style ballads like “I Wonder.” Still, it's “Red High Heels”—with its million-dollar hook and feisty sentiment—that personifies Pickler’s spirit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kellie Pickler was a breakout star of American Idol's fifth season, and no less an authority than Simon Cowell said on the show that he preferred her to the previous season’s winner, Carrie Underwood. Where Underwood is a marquee diva in the mold of Faith Hill, Pickler is a scrappy country girl in the tradition of Bobbie Gentry, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Produced by Blake Chancey—who oversaw The Dixie Chicks’ breakout albums—Pickler’s 2006 debut, Small Town Girl, applies a stinging self-possession, even on sugary pop material like “My Angel” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Her limitless swagger and sincerity is the reason she can handle surging pop tunes like “Small Town Girl” and “Got to Keep Moving” as easily as rollicking country fare like “One of the Guys” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” Though she happily plays the role of underdog, Pickler packs enough gusto to fill out Faith Hill–style ballads like “I Wonder.” Still, it's “Red High Heels”—with its million-dollar hook and feisty sentiment—that personifies Pickler’s spirit.

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About Kellie Pickler

In 2005, singer Kellie Pickler landed a spot in the fifth season of American Idol. Though she finished sixth, the former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, resulting in a contract with BNA Records that yielded her debut album, Small Town Girl, in the fall of 2006 and an eponymous sophomore release in 2008, which yielded Pickler's first Top Ten hit, "Best Days of Your Life," a song she co-wrote with Taylor Swift. Her third album, the Frank Liddell-produced 100 Proof, appeared late in 2011. Despite being greeted by strong reviews and encouraging initial sales, 100 Proof didn't generate a hit single (the closest was "Tough," which peaked at 30). Pickler and Sony Nashville announced that they were parting ways in the summer of 2012.

In 2013, she appeared as a contestant on the TV show Dancing with the Stars and subsequently won the contest with dance partner Derek Hough. She also announced details of her fourth studio album, The Woman I Am. Released on Black River Entertainment and preceded by the singles "Someone Somewhere Tonight" and "Little Bit Gypsy," the album saw release in November 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Albemarle, NC
  • BORN
    Jun 28, 1986

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