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Kellie Pickler Keeps Fans Laughing at a “Hear the Music, See the World” Event in Nashville

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Kellie Pickler may have traveled the globe since competing in American Idol in 2006, but she is still clearly welcomed in her current hometown. The singer performed before an intimate crowd on Saturday night (Aug. 23) in Nashville as part of the Hear the Music, See the World series, put on by Starwood Preferred Guest and Live Nation Entertainment. Hear the Music, See the World is a global music series comprised of nine acoustic performances by top artists at different Starwood-owned hotels around the world.

(From left) Actress Laura Benanti, Kellie Pickler and actress Connie Britton

Kellie ran through an acoustic set of several of her biggest hits, including “Tough,” “Beautiful” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” But while her vocals were flawless, she deserves just as much credit for her easy banter between songs.

In her typical, albeit charming, self-effacing ways, the North Carolina native downplayed her abilities while performing her version of “Someone Somewhere Tonight.” She easily maneuvered between high-energy tunes like “Ring for Sale” and “Ain’t No Cure for Crazy” and mellow selections like “Making Me Fall in Love Again.” Enjoying Kellie's performance were Nashville's Connie Britton and newcomer to the show, Laura Benanti.

Kellie kept the entire audience laughing with the story of her great-grandmother, who inspired the song “Selma Drye,” from Kellie’s latest album, The Woman I Am. She managed to make every person feel engaged, calling out people from stage, and even inviting one slightly inebriated gentleman to join her on her finale, “Red High Heels.”

Without a full band or an elaborate stage, Kellie proved she is right where she belongs—entertaining people with her music.

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