Kellie Pickler Will Perform in Huntington

Updated 4 years ago From Press Release
Kellie Pickler photo by Tony Baker, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Kellie Pickler photo by Tony Baker, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Huntington, WV--   PATH to the Cure enters its third year with a major announcement that will help even more women of the Tri-State get access to life-saving mammograms.  St. Mary’s Medical Center has partnered with the SMG Managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Clear Channel Communications and the City of Huntington to bring country music sensation Kellie Pickler to the Tri-State for a benefit concert.

The PATH to the Cure 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. followed with a concert by country singing star and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kellie Pickler.  “PATH to the Cure has already raised tens of thousands of dollars to helpuninsured and under-insured women get mammograms,” said Brian Sipe, General Manager of SMG managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena.  “The Arena and Clear Channel Communications wanted to use our resources for securing big-name talent to make this an even bigger event and help women of the Tri-State.   Kellie Pickler has added more excitement to one of the largest charity events in Huntington.”

Kellie Pickler brought national attention to breast cancer last year when she shaved her head in a show of support for a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The healing power of her music has touched countless lives and her star became even brighter this year when she was crowned champion of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC Television.   “Kellie Pickler is an amazing person and we’ve seen she is always looking for a way to give back to the communities that have supported her,” said Judy Jennings, regional sales manager of Clear Channel Communications in Huntington.   “We are so excited that our radio listeners will get to hear Kellie Pickler in person and they can help a great cause by being part of PATH to the Cure.”

All PATH to the Cure race participants will get free admission to the Kellie Pickler concert immediately following the 5/K run walk.  Tickets are just $27.00 for those not participating in the walk/run.  To sign up for the race, go to  and to buy tickets go to or call 1-800-745-3000.  Concert tickets go on sale Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. and registration for Path to the Cure is already under way. 

PATH to the Cure was started in 2011 as a way to bring new attention to the fight against breast cancer and to raise money for uninsured and under-insured women to get mammograms at  St. Mary’s Breast Center.  A portion of the proceeds raised also go to benefit the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) to help promote fitness in our community. “This began as a small idea among a small group of people who wanted to make a big difference,” said Julie Neal, one of the founding members of PATH to the Cure.  “This effort to help women has grown faster than any of us expected and our hearts are touched each time a woman gets a mammogram through the program.   The community support has been incredible,” Neal added.


In hopes of passing on the healing power of music to those who need it most, Pickler has participated in numerous counts of charity work, and in January 2013, will have completed six USO Tours overseas to perform for U.S. military troops in combat. “The USO tours I’ve been part of have definitely been the highlight of my career and of my life… they have been the most impactful, life-changing thing I’ve ever been able to do.”


Recalling all of her life experiences and how they relate to her music, she says, “I don’t know how to write about something that’s not real. My life is a country song.”


Kellie Pickler’s life has played out like a classic country song. From her hardscrabble, small town roots to center stage on American Idol to the top of the country charts, Kellie has proven that talent, beauty, hard work and determination are a potent combination. Like her heroes, Dolly, Tammy and Loretta, Pickler has captured the loyalty of the country audience with her gift for being genuine and heartfelt in her life and art.


Pickler’s current release,100 Proof, is a collection of songs that reverberate with an emotional intensity hinted at on her first two albums, but fully blossoming in this current season of the young artist’s life. “When I auditioned for American Idol I was not an artist,” the season five alum admits. “So from Idol to the first record to this record, I really tried to find myself because there’s a difference between a singer and an artist.”


On 100 Proof, Pickler revels in that difference. Always engaging, her voice has become more compelling as she’s found a way to tap into her life experience and produce art that resonates profoundly. “For me country music is about telling stories and behind every country song there is a story about somebody’s life,” Pickler says. “It’s about real things. Our fans gravitate toward things that are relatable so when they get into a car and turn on the radio and hear a song like ‘I Wonder’ or ‘Mother’s Day,’ they might identify with that story and feel they are not alone.”


American Idolopened a door for Pickler to start making her dreams come true. She finished sixth on the fifth season of the popular competition and signed with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. Her debut set, Small Town Girl, launched with the sassy hit “Red High Heels.” Pickler continued to earn fans with “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” Her self-titled sophomore album further built on her reputation for delivering songs that were both substantive and entertaining, including the hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”


Now, a new verse begins in her life-song as she celebrates joining Black River Entertainment where she feels the team possesses her same values and respects her creative vision. In 2013, fans can expect new music from Pickler, which she’ll record amid touring the country in support of her current critically acclaimed title, 100 Proof.


Upcoming  events for the SMG Managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena include Cirkopolis on Sept 24 & 25, Alice cooper on October 23rd, Toby Mac on Nov 7th, Jeff Dunham Nov 8th and Florida Georgia Line on Nov 21st among others.  For a full list, please visit www.bigsandyarena.comor download the Iphone/Andriod App. 

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