A favorite of country music audiences, Pickler’s life has played out like a classic country song. From her hardscrabble, small town roots; to center stage on American Idol; to the top of the country charts; Kellie has proven that talent, beauty, hard work and determination are a potent combination.
Pickler, with dancing partner Derek Hough, was also the winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars’ ” sixteenth season in the Spring of 2013.
Since her appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” the mainstream America appeal of Kellie Pickler has grown significantly. As with her heroines, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn, Pickler has captured the loyalty of the country audience with her gift for being genuine in her life and art.
In 2006, just 2 weeks after being eliminated from American Idol, Pickler signed her first record deal. In September of that year, her first single, “Red High Heels,” was released just ahead of her debut album, “Small Town Girl.” That album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Since then, Pickler’s star power has continued to shine.
“A few years ago I was working with one of our corporate clients, Belk Department Stores, on their new branding campaign entitled -— Modern. Southern. Style. — and they asked for my recommendation on a performing artist who would fit that branding. Kellie was my immediate choice and a few weeks later she performed for over 2,000 Belk associates in Charlotte, N.C., at the brand unveiling. She was an incredible performer,” said Tom Bullard, Executive Director of NPAC. Bullard, a senior partner of Knoxville based Creative Entertainment Management Group, assumed management of Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Jan. 1.
“During the past nine months we’ve completed the performance schedule arranged by the previous management company and are now transitioning into our first season of programming. Our 2013-14 season includes 30 performances by musical artists and touring theatrical productions. We’ve implemented many changes the last few months including a new marketing campaign in the region to establish our identity as a well-respected performing arts center serving East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina. In addition, we’ve added a variety of attributes to improve what we call the guest experience.
Tickets are $50 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $40 for balcony seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office or by calling 638-1679. NPAC now offers online seat selection and no-fee ticketing. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The 1,130-seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School.
For venue information and to purchase tickets, visit www.npacgreeneville.com.