Kellie Pickler recorded her first album, Small
Town Girl, she said it was a blur. She recorded
it while traveling with the American Idol Tour,
often having to learn the songs just hours before
the recording sessions. Pickler wrote a few of the
songs on that album, including the heartfelt song “I
Wonder,” which digs deep into Pickler’s difficult
past, and “Red High Heels,” an upbeat song that
deservingly frequented the country charts.
sophomore, self-titled album, Pickler co-wrote
“Rocks Instead of Rice” with Josh Kear and Chris
Tompkins, who wrote “Before He Cheats,” recorded by
Carrie Underwood. “Best Days Of Your Life,” written
with her close friend Taylor Swift, is another
revengeful song, which began to come together when
Pickler was venting to Swift about a break-up
situation. Swift told her to hold on, and that
whether Pickler knew it or not, she was writing a
song as she spoke.
night of November 7th, 2007, at the 41st CMA Awards,
Pickler broke down on stage while singing “I
Wonder.” After the show, she sent an email to fellow
songwriter friend, Aimee Mayo, as a cry for help.
Even though it was 3 am, she received a reply from
Mayo, saying that something Pickler had said in her
email, “[I just want] Someone To Love Me,” was a
song title that they needed to use. It’s a song that
helped Pickler heal from all the hurt she has been
through in the past. At the time she wrote the
email, she had a lot on her mind, and needed to be
reminded of how far she had come. Thus, this song
came together when she returned from Iraq; she wrote
it with Mayo and Chris Lindsey.
Last Time,” which was also written later the same
day, is a beautiful slow song with inspiring lyrics,
which may be helpful for those who have been through
a big fight with a loved one.
“Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” “I’m Your
Woman” and “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again,” although
not penned by Pickler, all describe her life. “Lucky
Girl” has a captivating charm to it; the way Pickler
uses her voice at the beginning will suck the
listener in. Overall, Pickler admits that she had a
difficult time narrowing down the songs for this
album, and she seems to have done a wonderful job.
whole record is balanced—there’s heartbreak,
revenge, in love and happy, empowerment, and sassy
songs,” Pickler said. “This record is an update of
where I’ve been, emotionally, mentally and
physically, in the two years since my first album.”
youthful beginning to “Going Out In Style,” the last
song on the album, starts out slow, but quickly
picks up and has a fun, cheery sound to it.
Pickler’s album definitely “goes out in style.”