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Kellie Pickler Talks '100 Proof': 'I Put Everything in My Heart on Paper'
Audiences were first introduced to Kellie Pickler in 2006 as the lovable, spunky contestant on American Idol.
Since then, the 25-year-old has grown into a bona fide country star. And with her new album 100 Proof in stores on Jan. 24, Pickler is bearing her Southern soul.
Pickler, who wed songwriter Kyle Jacobs on New Year's Day 2011, talked to Parade.com about her new album, married life, and more.
On her new album, 100 Proof.
"I'm so excited for everyone to hear it. I have never been so infatuated with making a record like I have been with this one. It's pretty country. I love Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, they are big reasons why I fell in love with country music, so I kind of pay tribute to them a little."
On the revealing song, "Mother's Day," which she wrote with her husband about her bumpy relationship with her mother.
"Kyle and I wrote that on Mother's Day, actually. It was kind of like putting everything in my heart on paper. I wrote that song for me, and it was never written to be on the record. I had no intentions of anyone even hearing it. Kyle actually convinced me to sing it for very close songwriter friends of ours and they said I had to put it on the record. It found its place and I'm glad I put it on there."
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On coming into her own.
"I'm a people pleaser. I want everybody to be happy. I want everybody to like me and I want to like everybody. In the past, I have compromised a lot of myself, but I was also 19 and green. I've really gotten to know myself. I learn more about myself every day."
On celebrating her first wedding anniversary.
"We went to St. Lucia for our one-year anniversary. It was amazing. I love the people on the island. It was great."
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On married life.
"It's good. I am so blessed. I married my best friend. He is the best husband I ever had -- come to think of it; he's the only husband I've ever had! But on a serious note, he's the prize. I don't know why he picked me, but I'm glad he did."
On the biggest sacrifice she made for her new husband.
"I love cats, but my husband's severely allergic to them. I had to find a good home for my cat when we got together. I still get a little teary eyed when I think about Pickles."
She's found a way to channel her love of cats. February is Cat Appreciation Month, and Kellie has partnered with fashion designer Geren Ford to create a limited edition cat sweater, which will be sold online on the ASPCA site with proceeds benefiting the non-profit.
"I'm no Vera Wang, that's for sure, but it's really cute for a cat sweater. I think there's a stereotype for women who love cats. We get called crazy cat ladies, so this is hopefully going to break that!"
To buy her limited-edition sweater and show cat pride in support of the ASPCA, visit facebook.com/freshstep.