Kellie Pickler Plots Her Next Career Move

Kellie Pickler is preparing to embark on an exciting new chapter in her career.  The American Idol alum will soon…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 3, 2022


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Kellie Pickler is preparing to embark on an exciting new chapter in her career. 

The American Idol alum will soon join SiriusXM’s The Highway as an on-air host. Pickler will host middays from 12pm-4pm ET Mondays through Fridays on SiriusXM’s The Highway via satellite (ch. 56) and on the SXM App.

“I am so excited to join the SiriusXM family as a host on The Highway,” shares Pickler. “This is such a fun and amazing opportunity to really connect with Country music fans across North America. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my current favorite songs and artists, along with chatting with some very special guests!”

Fans can tune in to hear the North Carolina native on-air beginning Monday, February 14. 


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Pickler has remained mostly out of the spotlight in recent months, however, in 2021 she was announced as one of the USO’s Global Ambassadors, supporting the organization’s Give More Than Thanks initiative – a campaign encouraging all Americans to find actionable ways to express their gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families.

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Pickler is best known for her RIAA Gold-certified debut album Small Town Girl, which was released in 2006. The project included her breakout hits, “Red High Heels,” and “Best Days Of Your Life” and propelled her career to new heights after Idol. Pickler went on to release three additional albums, Kellie Picker (2008), 100 Proof (2012) and The Woman I Am (2013). 

The singer/songwriter spent time on the road touring with artists such as Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and more. 

She also had a successful run on the talk show Pickler & Ben, which earned five Emmy nominations.

She’s also an actress, having appeared on several films on the Hallmark Channel, including Christmas at Graceland and Wedding at Graceland

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.