Kellie Pickler is a country music artist and television personality who is best known for her singles "Red High Heels," "Best Days of Your Life," which was co-written with Taylor Swift, and "Didn't You Know How Much I loved You."
She is also known for being a contestant on the fifth season of "American Idol." A cheerleader and beauty queen, Kelly graduated from North Stanly High School in North Carolina in 2004. She worked as a waitress at Sonic and participated in the Miss America circuit, winning "Miss Stanly County" in 2004. Kellie auditioned for "American Idol" in 2005 and advanced through the semi-finals, finishing in sixth place in the competition. After "American Idol" Kellie continued to pursue her career in music, signing a record deal with 19 Recordings/BNA Records in 2006. She later took part in the "American Idols LIVE! Tour," traveling across the country for three months.
Kellie released her first single "Red High Heels" in 2006, and its music video was nominated for the CMT Video Awards for Breakthrough Video of the Year. Her first album, "Small Town Girl," was a vast success, climbing to number nine on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 79,000 copies in its first week of release. Kellie has since released two additional albums: the self-entitled "Kellie Pickler" in 2008 and "100 Proof," which featured the single "Tough," in 2012. She has since won multiple CMT Music Awards and has been nominated for American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.
In 2013, Kellie teamed with professional dancer Derek Hough to win the sixteenth season of "Dancing with the Stars." She actively supports many charities, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Red Cross, and the Kiss for a Cause Foundation Celebrity Auction, which supports orphaned and abandoned children.