Country sweetheart and American Idol finalist brings her Southern charm and music to the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA tonight.
SD: How have you grown as an artist since being on “American Idol?”
KP: I have definitely grown a lot. I was 19 and green when I was on Idol. Since performing on Idol, I have been able to get out of the fishbowl that I grew up in. Because I was a contestant, I have experienced so many wonderful opportunities and traveled the world. This has helped me find myself as an artist. Idol is more like a karaoke show, so you are not singing your own songs. I love having the creative control over what I can sing.
SD: Which was harder “Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars?”
KP: They both had their own challenges. On Idol, there was more pressure to perform because singing is what I wanted to do as a career. It was also hard because you are growing up in front of the audience. My number one goal on the show was to become a country singer and get a record deal. DWTS was more of a personal pressure because no one was expecting me to be great except myself. I just wanted to do good enough to make it to the next round. When I first started, I never dreamed that I would win the Mirror Ball.
SD: Who are your musical “Idols?”
KP: I love Dolly and Patsy Cline. I got into country music because of Tammy Wynette. I love the Blue Grass sounds of country music.
SD: Your fourth album, The Woman I Am, came out November 2013. What was your inspiration for this album?
KP: My first album, “Small Town Girl,” really captured where I was in my life at that time. I have really grown personally and professionally since then, and I feel that “The Woman I Am,” really tells my story of transitioning from a girl to a woman.
SD: What can your fans expect to see at your show?
KP: We are simple. It will be all about having fun and listening to the music. Nothing showy. Just me and my band jamming out the tunes. I really want my fans to just enjoy themselves.
For more information on Kellie Pickler visit www.kelliepickler.com and to purchase tickets to see Kellie at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA on June 12th visit www.ticketmaster.com