Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Pick Pickler

If you follow me on twitter, then you’ve likely noticed my sudden increase of tweets surrounding Kellie Pickler. The honky tonk angel that has won over my heart in country music! Her signature song ‘Red High Heels’ hit radio airwaves back in September of 2006, and from the first time my ears were graced in hearing the sassy track off her debut album ‘Small Town Girl’, I have been in complete adoration over this woman’s music. It was seeing and reading her in various interviews over the years that made me fall into more admiration for her as well. Her self-titled sophomore release back in 2008 only further had won me over, even though the album did feel more country-pop then straight out country. Regardless of that little factor, it was another hit in my heart! I feel that I must throw in there now, that this new album on the horizon definitely seems to prove to have a strong good country feel all around it. Already from the tracks that have been shared off ‘100 Proof’, it’s very clear that Kellie has gone back to her pure country roots.

Now I have touched lightly before here on my blog the fact I, like so many around the world, have dealt with my fair share of depression issues. One of the many reasons why I love Kellie Pickler’s music as much as I do is because it doesn’t matter how dark my mood becomes. Once that music is playing and I find myself singing along, it’s like my mood instantly lifts into much brighter spirits and I find myself back to focusing on being the more positive self I want to be. Granted, I don’t have to be in a dark mood to listen to her music. Especially as of lately with all the excitement for her upcoming release ‘100 Proof’! It’s been a daily dose of listening to the country crooner. And as of the past few days, multiple visits to her Facebook page to get a listen to a new track a day in a wonderfully teasing promotion for the new album that is set to be released January 24th. Oh yes, you don’t even have to ask I have indeed already pre-ordered myself a copy and expect it to be in my mailbox on the big day!

Perhaps to some it might seem a little strange for me to admire and appreciate the music of someone younger then me as much as I do. However, I find Kellie a true class act who seems to be genuinely herself – or as she put it during last nights GAC’s ‘The Collection’ special, “I’m Kellie, I am just Kellie.” Of course as many fellow Pickler fans who watched the special knows, she had a live webcast via GAC’s Facebook page. I most certainly excitedly clicked right onto their page happily waiting for more Kellie last night. I even signed into the chat and submitted a few questions hoping just one might get asked. I have to say I wasn’t actually expecting it, but when my name was read off and the hostess Suzanne Alexander read my question to Kellie I gasped in delight! Part of me instantly felt faint with an over giddy-fan type of excitement, while the other part of me just did my best to listen and learn to how many pets Kellie is indeed up to now. LOL! Of course of all the questions I asked, that would be the one get picked. Honestly though, I’m still just really excited that any of my questions went through and were asked to a woman who I strongly admire. Prior to last night’s webcast the closest interaction I’ve had with Kellie herself, was the day she followed me on my twitter. In fact, she’s the first person who followed me on my twiter!

While I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Kellie – or seeing her perform yet, if I ever do get the chance to meet her I would want to tell her thank you. That is of course if I don’t just pass out from excitement of actually meeting her!  I would want to say thank you to her though for being so open and sharing her story over the years in her interviews and her music. I would want to thank her for being such an inspirational strong woman and also for being the positive influence she really is to me, and for so many others. For even being someone, that even those older then she is can truly admire. Kellie may not see herself as a role model, but she is most certainly a positive one in my opinion.

Truly, I could continue in my rambles of excitement over Kellie Pickler. I could go on in much greater depths about how I love her music, how I admire her and how I’ve even put seeing her in concert on my not officially written out bucket list! Instead of that though, I’ll spare my blog readers for now and just assure you this isn’t the last you can expect to hear of me gush about Kellie. Nor will it be too far into the future, as after all the 24th of January is just around the corner now and my readers can expect a full and honest review of the new album!

--XOXO, Jane

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