Kellie Pickler Wiki, Biography, Age, Husband, Height, Net Worth, Fast Facts

Kellie Pickler Wiki, Biography

Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and television personality. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year and has sold over 900,000 copies. The album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Red High Heels” at No. 15, “I Wonder” at No. 14, and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind” at No. 16.

Pickler released her self-titled second album in 2008 that produced four singles: “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” at No. 21, “Best Days of Your Life” at No. 9 (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift), “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” at No. 14, and “Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again” at No. 30. In 2012, Pickler was ranked as the 14th-best American Idol alumna. In October 2012, she parted ways with her former record label and signed with Black River Entertainment.

On May 21, 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2016, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. From 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron.

Kellie Pickler was born June 28, 1986, at Stanly Memorial Hospital in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Cynthia Morton and Clyde “Bo” Raymond Pickler Jr. Her mother left when Kellie was two years old, then returned and took custody of her for two years. After this, the court returned Kellie to her grandparents when she was 12 and they raised her to adulthood because her father was absent in her life. Pickler says the major influences in her life are her grandfather, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr., a former electrician, and grandmother, Faye Pickler. Pickler graduated in 2004 from North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina. She was a cheerleader and beauty queen. She sang “On the Side of Angels” by LeAnn Rimes at her high school graduation.

She worked as a carhop at a Sonic Drive-In franchise, and in 2005, she made an appearance on WSOC-TV’s Gimme the Mike! Charlotte contest. She finished in second place. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the “Miss Stanly County” pageant at age 17 and subsequently competed for Miss North Carolina 2004.

The 19-year-old Pickler auditioned for American Idol in the fall of 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She sang both Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing”. The judges sent her to Hollywood. Pickler advanced through the semi-final rounds in February. On March 9, she reached the Top 12.

Pickler was among judge Simon Cowell’s favorites. He once predicted Pickler would be in the final three, and said he preferred her over the previous season’s winner, Carrie Underwood. Recognized for her “quirky” personality and Southern charm, Pickler gained attention on the show by saying that she had hardly ever performed before real audiences, and by mispronouncing words. She was compared to Jessica Simpson in a March 27-story in US Weekly magazine titled “Kellie: The Next Jessica Simpson”, due to her “sweet Southern style and ditzy demeanor”. Pickler has stated in the past a previous ignorance of common popular culture before her Idol fame.

Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter and the husband of former “American Idol” contestant and country music star Kellie Pickler, has died by apparent suicide.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department announced in a statement that Jacobs, 49, was found dead inside the couple’s Nashville-area home Friday and that his death is being investigated as an apparent suicide

According to the police’s statement, Pickler, 36, told police she awoke shortly before the incident and called 911 when she and her personal assistant were unable to open the upstairs bedroom’s door. Nashville’s Department of Emergency Communications received the 911 call at 1:21 pm.

Pickler and Jacobs wed in 2011. Together they appeared on the reality show “I Love Kellie Pickler” in 2015. Jacobs had a hand in writing several hit songs, including Garth Brooks’ 2007 hit “More Than a Memory” and Tim McGraw’s 2009 song “Still.” He’s also written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, his wife and many others.

Pickler won Season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars” while competing with her professional partner Derek Hough in 2013. In 2006, she finished in the Top 6 of Season 5 of “American Idol,” launching her music career.

Jacobs and Pickler reached their 12th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day. In 2022, he honored their 11th anniversary with a heartfelt post about his wife on Instagram.

Her mind, heart, and soul is not only comitted to our military and first responders, it is convicted to let them know that they are appreciated and loved,” he wrote. “And the good news for me is…She loves me too…:)”

Pickler co-wrote the title track of her 2013 album “The Woman I Am” with Jacobs.”Nobody knows the woman I am better than my husband,” she told USA TODAY in November 2013. “There was no way I could try to be anything I’m not, because he could definitely call me on it.”

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call or text the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 any time day or night, or chat online at

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