Kellie Pickler's parents lived in an abusive relationship, forcing them to leave her in the care of her grandparents. Kellie found love in the home of Clyde and Faye Pickler-it was her grandmother who taught her to sing. By the time she was a high school student, Kellie was winning beauty pageants, cheerleading, and acting in school plays. After graduation, she was unsure of what to do with her life and found a job as a roller-skating waitress.
And then she heard about American Idol. Kellie auditioned and was picked to compete on the show in Hollywood. Kellie enchanted the judges and audience with her Southern charm, small-town values, and humorous flubs. She didn't win, but music producers recognized her enormous talent and audience appeal. Since leaving Idol, Kellie has released two hit albums and maintains a busy tour schedule, earning her a place among America's top country stars.
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