Kellie Pickler Parts Ways With Record Label
Singer Partners With ConAgra For "Hunger-Free Summer” Program
Kellie Pickler has parted ways with Sony Music Nashville, her record label home since 2006 when she placed sixth in the fifth season of “American Idol.” She recorded three albums for the company, “Small Town Girl” in 2006, a self-titled set in 2008, and this year’s “100 Proof.” Her biggest hit was “Best Days Of Tour Life,” which peaked at No. 9 in 2009.
Pickler’s manager Larry Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald-Hartley says in a statement, “Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew.” She continues to tour in support of “100 Proof.”
In other Pickler news, the singer has partnered with ConAgra Foods Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer program at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. There, she and other local volunteers spent a day last week filling boxes with canned goods and other food items to be delivered to many of the 400,000 children who are in need across Middle Tennessee.
The Hunger-Free Summer program invites everyone with access to a computer and a Facebook account to download a free children’s activity book, The Hunger Avengers, at www.Facebook.com/ConAgraFoods. For every download or “share,” one meal will be donated to a child in need. Pickler, ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America hope to reach their goal of 500,000 meals provided by the deadline of September 3.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.