Written by Emily Horton
Country music  artist Kellie Pickler was born in Albemarle , North Carolina on June 28, 1986. Pickler’s mother, Cynthia Morton, left when she was only two years old, and her father, Clyde Raymond Pickler, was incarcerated during her childhood. Her grandparents, Clyde Raymond Pickler, Sr, and Faye Pickler, raised Kellie in Albemarle . During high school at North Stanly High in New London , NC, Pickler was a cheerleader and Miss North Carolina contestant .
Pickler first rose to national fame on the fifth season of the television series American Idol  in 2005, coming in sixth place. She has since released three albums: Small Town Girl  (2006), Kellie Picker (2008), 100 Proof (2012).
Kellie Pickler is an active United Services Organization (U.S.O) entertainer, recently touring Germany, Iraq, Kosovo, England, and Afghanistan to boost the morale of service members.
Country Music Television, Kellie Pickler Biography. Last modified 2012. http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/pickler__kellie/bio.jhtml  (accessed March 22, 2012.)
Internet Movie Database, Kellie Pickler. Last modified 2012. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2213728/maindetails (accessed March 22, 2012.) 
Kellie Pickler Helps Design Sweater for Animal Charity, Charlottte Observer:Posted January 24, 2012. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/01/24/2954848/kellie-pickler-helps-design-sweater.html  (accessed March 22, 2012.)
Kelly Pickler, Official Webpage. Last modified 2012. http://www.kelliepickler.com/  (accessed March 22, 2012.)
Kellie Pickler's audition for American Idol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFQl-rrDryM 
Image & Video Credits:
Cunngingham, Alfred. "Country Music Comes to Cherry Point." Photo taken in Havelock, North Carolina. Available from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcascherrypoint/6390154953/ (accessed March 23, 2012).
1 January 2012 | Horton, Emily S.