GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012 - (Page 20)

Kellie Pickler Photo courtesy of Generations United Grand-raised and proud of it W The country music star pays tribute to the “angels” who gave her wings hen asked how she found the courage to audition for American Idol, Kellie Pickler has a ready answer: her grandparents, Faye and Clyde Pickler. The bubbly country singer says her grandparents’ love and devotion gave her the confidence to forge ahead with a singing career. Kellie’s parents had a tumultuous relationship, separating when she was just 2 years old. Her father struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol and couldn’t care for her properly. Consequently, Kellie’s grandparents became her primary caregivers when she was very young. Kellie’s paternal grandmother, Faye, piqued her interest in music. “[Grandma] had a collection of children’s books, and one of those was a songbook. We would sit on the swing on the front porch, and I would just sing my heart out,” Kellie recalls. But it was her paternal grandfather, Clyde, who took Kellie to her American Idol audition and calmed her down before her performance. “He said, ‘Sit down, Kellie. We’re here now; what do you have to lose?’” The rest is now country-music history. Music saved Kellie when her grandmother passed away while Kellie was still in high school. Her first album closes with the song “My Angel,” a heartfelt tribute to her beloved grandmother. PhOtO: kElliE PiCklER PERfORMiNG At 2008 GRANDRAllY 20 GRAND NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012
Kid-Safe Shopping
A Swiss Family Tradition
Holidays + Grandchildren = Merry Mayhem
Grand Wit & Wisdom
The Rocky Balboa of Grandparenting
Kellie Pickler: Grand-Raised and Proud of It
Bill Cosby: America’s Favorite TV Dad
Holiday Stress-Busters
Holiday Gift Guide
Shut Out for the Holidays?
Holiday Fun for All Ages!
Grandma & Grandpa & Karen
Be Thankful! It’s Good for You
Grand Giggles
Kinship Care Resources

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012