Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler

Just two weeks before the release of her debut album, Small Town Girl, Kellie Pickler was still unpacking boxes in the decidedly uptown condominium she had leased in Nashville, her new hometown. "I came across photos from when I went to audition for American Idol, when I was standing in line with all those thousands of people in Greensboro. I just started crying. I couldn't believe how things had changed in a year, and how unreal it seemed to be where I am."

The journey that took Kellie Pickler where she came from to where she is today is... more