Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Genuine Star

If you happened to see Kellie Pickler on the the "Ellen" show the other day, you saw a woman I consider to be a unique American performer.  We have followed her career from the days when she was an "American Idol" contestant, and she did very well on that show, and now is very popular in the country music field.

She is attractive, no question about it, and she sings well too.  The thing that I think makes her very special is that she is not interested in being anyone but herself.  Even back in the Idol days, she told everyone that her family was not exactly Mom and Dad Apple Pie.  Her folks were in and out of jail and in and out of Kellie's life, and so she was raised by her grandparents, finished high school and was working at a Sonic drive in while getting ready to go compete on "Idol."  She is a humorous and good-natured personality when appearing on talk shows and the like, and seems genuinely appreciative of the good fortune that her talent and hard work have brought her.

Now, she finds her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, fighting breast cancer.  Kellie thinks it's important to have a cancer buddy when facing that awful disease, and so she buzzcut her hair right off to match up to her friend.

A lot of people would have hemmed and hawed and said, I'm right here for you, buddy.

Kellie told Ellen, "It's just hair!" and she made the commitment to help her friend.

As noted country music lover Ben Franklin once said, "A good example is the best sermon."

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