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Kellie Pickler Biography

Birth Name:
Kellie Dawn Pickler
Birth Place:
Albemarle, North Carolina, United States
Singer, reality-show contestant

Fast Facts

  • Won the 2004 Miss Stanly County Pageant and moved on to the Miss North Carolina Pageant, becoming its youngest competitor at age 17
  • Was a roller-skating waitress at a Sonic restaurant when she auditioned for Season 5 of American Idol
  • Never flew in a plane until her trip to Hollywood to appear on American Idol
  • Upon her return home to Albermarle, NC, in May 2006, she was greeted by thousands of well-wishers, including her estranged father, ex-con Clyde "Bo" Pickler
  • Was a bridesmaid at Katharine McPhee's February 2, 2008 wedding to Nick Cokas
  • Has performed on several USO tours
  • Gave up eating meat in 2008 and was named Sexiest Vegetarian Alive (female) by PETA in 2009
  • Ranked No
  • 5 on Forbes' 2009 list of American Idol top earners
  • Actively supports St
  • Jude Children's Research Hospital and has visited the patients there


  • 2008CMT Music Awards-Performance Video of the Year: winner