Park City Institute presents Country Star and American Idol Alum, Kellie Pickler
Pickler, who grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albermarle, North Carolina, has been praised by Country Music Weekly for her "natural evolution" as an artist, "while managing to stay true to those things that are important to her."
Shaped by the musical influences of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Pickler has four critically-acclaimed albums, including the gold-certified Small Town Girl, which had a No. 1 Billboard debut. Pickler has won numerous awards for her music and songwriting. Her most recent album, 100 Proof, is her tribute to the music that inspired her to sing. "I love traditional country music," she said. "A little bit of a feel of the people who inspired me is sprinkled throughout the record."
Pickler's performances have been hailed for their charm and personal connection to the audience. The New York Times said she "sees the humor in country music, and its pathos, and its pulpy core, and she sings it with whimsy and complication."
In addition to her recording career and American Idol status, Pickler is a Dancing with the Stars champion. Pickler's support for U.S. Troops has translated into 11 USO tours. She is also a recipient of the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot award. Her St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights performance comes just as Pickler prepares to launch of her new talk show, with co-host, journalist Ben Aaron, and produced by Faith Hill.
Tickets for this show start at $44 (lawn) and $59 (reserved). Call 435-655-3114 or visit parkcityinstitute.org. In-person purchases may be made at The Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ, 435 Swede Alley, or the Deer Valley Signatures Store, 625 Main Street.
Membership and sponsorship information can be found at parkcityinstitute.org, or by calling the box office.
Park City Institute is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing world-class performances and new ideas to the community. Since 1998, PCI has presented internationally renowned and cutting-edge musicians, actors, authors, comedians, dancers, speakers and film at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (a joint-use facility with the Park City School District). The organization will embark on its 14th season of headliner concerts at Deer Valley Resort, this summer. PCI is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through free student outreach workshops. Since 2010, PCI has offered a free after-school literacy program to students in grades one through 12 at the thinky and engaging retail-fronted tutoring hub, the Mega-Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ (located at 435 Swede Alley in Old Town). The organization continues to illuminate with Curiosities evenings and thoughtful salons.