Kellie Pickler is one of music’s top young names, having risen to fame as a standout star on American Idol (Where at one point, judge Simon Cowell said he liked her more then Carrie Underwood!), and now to the top of the Country Charts with her first set of albums opening #1 on the Billboard Country Charts (Top 10 overall!!), and having worked with some of music’s most iconic names from Dolly Parton to Brad Paisley to Loretta Lynn.  Now with the release of her newest album, “100 Proof”, a nationwide tour, and her popularity at an all time high, Kellie is set to raise the bar even higher!  Kellie is everything that’s right about that uniquely modern place where reality and celebrity come together. She established herself quickly as both a singer and a songwriter to be reckoned with, co-writing her first hit, “Red High Heels,” her first gold single. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, produced two follow-up hits–the poignant “I Wonder,” which she also co-wrote, and the light-hearted “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind.” Together, they propelled the release to near-platinum status.

Her second album, “Kellie Pickler”, for which she co-wrote half the songs, spawned the uplifting “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” and “Best Days of Your Life.” The latter, co-written by Kellie with Taylor Swift, quickly became the biggest hit of her career, rising to the Top Ten and earning gold in digital sales. In fact, the song speaks volumes about Kellie’s life in that her close friendship with Swift, like her friendship with another co-writer, Aimee Mayo, has helped her with the process of seamlessly turning the ups and downs of her life into compelling art.  Just how far those hits and that 24-carat personality have carried her can be seen in even a short list of her achievements. She won three 2008 CMT Music Awards–Breakthrough Video, Tearjerker Video and Performance of the Year–all for “I Wonder,” and has earned many other award nominations. She has received two ASCAP awards citing “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder” as among the most performed country songs of the year. Both her albums debuted #1 country and Top Ten overall in Billboard, a feat equaled by only six other females in country music . She has hosted The View, graced the cover of USA Weekend, and served as correspondent in Times Square for “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve” with Ryan Seacrest to usher in 2009.

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the incredibly beautiful and talented Kellie Pickler, right before her private concert in NYC, that was sponsored by Tone Body Wash (Watch the video below where she discusses her partnership with Tone and how to meet her in person amongst many other perks if you go to their Facebook page).  We talk about her meteoric rise to the top of the music world, the incredible experience she had on her last USO trip to the Middle East, what it was like on American Idol, returning to her country roots on her newest hit album, running for politics, and sooo much more!!  Kellie is the perfect combo of beauty, humility, and talent (Her voice is flawless in real life), and couldn’t be more down to Earth, sweet, and accommodating to her fans, and will go down one day as one of Country Music’s best, so enjoy Kade Nation!!  As always an enormous thank you to the amazing Ebie McFarland for setting this up…

Arthur Kade with Kellie Pickler 2012 from Sebastian Adolf on Vimeo.

Here is Kellie on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few months back!  How can you not adore her?

And for more of my super fun interview with Kellie Pickler, here is the unedited complete interview with lots more goodies!