American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler signs with BNA
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American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler signs with BNA

Monday, July 17, 2006 – Season Five American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. Pickler, 20, of Albermarle, N.C., said she will have a single at country radio in September with an album out Nov. 14. Currently on the American Idols Live! Tour 2006, Pickler will record the album in between tour dates.

Picker said she has been singing "before she could talk." She said, "I've always dreamed of getting a record deal so now my dream has come true! I'm really excited about making my first album and giving something back to the fans who supported me on American Idol."

SONY BMG Chairman Joe Galante said, "We are very excited to have signed Kellie. The recognition she received from Idol is a huge advantage in launching a new artist, and her sense of humor and humility are endearing. It's not very often when someone with that personality and talent comes along and she will bring instant attention to her music and our format."

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CD review - Kellie Pickler At this point, it's a law of television that the results of American Idol are not proportional to post-show success. Past winners are without record contracts, and, among the ranks of former sixth place finishers, Kellie Pickler (aka "Pickles") has gone from waitressing to amassing a handful of pop-country hits at only 22 years old. On her second effort, Pickler spreads her wings beyond vocals to songwriting half the 10 songs. Things kick off with the mighty message song, ...

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