The Woman I Am by Kellie Pickler on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Independent status seems to suit Kellie Pickler, who finds a happy medium between mainstream country sounds and more personal expression on her fourth album, The Woman I Am. After parting company with BNA Records, the former American Idol sweetheart signed with Black River Entertainment, tapped producers Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten (the team behind her underappreciated 2012 LP 100 Proof), and cut a superior batch of sassy twang numbers and self-revealing ballads. Key to this album are three standout tunes cowritten by Pickler: “Selma Drye” (a rollicking number inspired by the singer’s great-grandmother), “I Forgive You” (an anguished breakup tune of unusual depth and sensitivity), and “Bonnie and Clyde” (an ominous outlaw narrative with plenty of swampy atmosphere). From feisty rockers like “Ring for Sale” and “No Cure for Crazy” to bouncy old-school country tracks like “Buzzin’” and plaintive acoustic laments like “Tough All Over,” the album covers a wide swath of territory without stumbling. Pickler asserts her freedom in “Little Bit Gypsy” and spells out her flaws and virtues on the title tune.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Independent status seems to suit Kellie Pickler, who finds a happy medium between mainstream country sounds and more personal expression on her fourth album, The Woman I Am. After parting company with BNA Records, the former American Idol sweetheart signed with Black River Entertainment, tapped producers Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten (the team behind her underappreciated 2012 LP 100 Proof), and cut a superior batch of sassy twang numbers and self-revealing ballads. Key to this album are three standout tunes cowritten by Pickler: “Selma Drye” (a rollicking number inspired by the singer’s great-grandmother), “I Forgive You” (an anguished breakup tune of unusual depth and sensitivity), and “Bonnie and Clyde” (an ominous outlaw narrative with plenty of swampy atmosphere). From feisty rockers like “Ring for Sale” and “No Cure for Crazy” to bouncy old-school country tracks like “Buzzin’” and plaintive acoustic laments like “Tough All Over,” the album covers a wide swath of territory without stumbling. Pickler asserts her freedom in “Little Bit Gypsy” and spells out her flaws and virtues on the title tune.

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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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