Kellie Pickler has come a very long way since her days as a roller-skating waitress in Albermarle, N.C. Her sixth place finish on American Idol in season five may be what brought her to the attention of country music fans, but it is her talent, clever wit, and charismatic personality that kept her in the eyes of the public.
Her first-place finish on Dancing with the Stars increased her popularity, and helped her pick up new fans that are now listening to her music. Kellie invited her dance partner Derek Hough to perform in the music video for one of the songs on the new album, "Someone Somewhere Tonight". That video is nominated for an American Country Award for Female Music Video of the Year. The awards show will be broadcast live on Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. on FOX.
On Nov. 11, 2013, Kellie released her newest album, "The Woman I Am". Each song on the new album proves that Kellie has a unique ability to merge traditional sounds with the more contemporary sound of today’s country music. As an American Idol contestant, Kellie showed us how well she could sing the songs made famous by other artists. On this album, she shows us how well she can sing songs written for her.
Kellie has recently released “Little Bit Gypsy,” to radio. This is the second release from this album. I think it’s a great song. Her first was the slow, romantic “Someone Somewhere Tonight. ‘Gypsy’ is fast and fun, and like most of her songs, she lets her personality carry her through from the first note to the last.
When listening to the songs on this album, it doesn’t take long to figure out which ones are radio-ready, and would fit into the play list of any of our Top 40 Stations. “Ring to Sell” and “Buzzin’,” would both work with what we are hearing on the radio these days.
I’ve liked everything Kellie has done, but I honestly believe that “The Woman I Am” is unquestionably her most impressive work. It is her fourth album, and first for Black River Entertainment, and has garnered her rave reviews from some of our best-known and highly respected music critics.
The album includes traditional ballads in the title track and the single, “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” as well as contemporary songs like her current radio release, and “Closer to Nowhere,” which I would guess will be released to radio at a later date.
Kellie had a hand in writing three of the songs on this album, including the title track, “The Woman I Am,” which she co-wrote with her husband Kyle Jacobs. Here is the complete list of songs, and the writers, that you will hear on this new album.
“Little Bit Gypsy” (Kyle Jacobs, Tammi Kidd Hutton and Fred Wilhelm); “Ring For Sale” (Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers); “Buzzin’” (TJ Osborne, John Osborne and Steve Moakler); “The Woman I Am” (Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs); “Closer To Nowhere” (Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby and Phil O’Donnell); “Selma Drye” (Kellie Pickler, Billy Montana and Phillip Lammonds); “I Forgive You” (Busbee, Hillary Lindsey and Aimee Mayo); “Bonnie And Clyde” (Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Liz Rose); “Where Did Your Love Go” (Kalisa Ewing and Rivers Rutherford); “No Cure For Crazy” (Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Billy Montana and John Ozier); “Tough All Over” (Gary Nicholson and Leslie Satcher); and, “Someone Somewhere Tonight” (Davis Raines and Walt Wilkins).
For anyone who still thinks Kellie Pickler is just a dizzy blond, from the backwoods of North Carolina, have another look. And, another listen. Following in the footsteps of artists she admires, Kellie is proving that she not only has the voice and personality to be a great artist, but she also has a brain that is telling her what songs are good, and which ones not to include on the albums she records.
I’ve been to more than half a dozen of Kellie’s shows. You can read about the most recent one by clicking here. And, of course that one contains links where you can go back to see what we had to say about some of her other performances. If you haven’t ever been to one of her shows, you just might want to add that to your list of ‘things you want to do’.
Remember, too, that we have Christmas coming soon! I can’t think of a better ‘stocking stuffer’ for the country music fan on your Christmas shopping list.