The Walker Center presents Kellie Pickler on September 16

"WILKESBORO, N.C. – Kellie Pickler kicks off the 2016-2017 Walker Center Season on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, singing her hits, including “Red High Heels,” “Small Town Girl,” “100 Proof,” “I Wonder,” “Things that Never Cross a Man's Mind,” “Don't You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You,” and “Best Days of Your Life.” This performance is sponsored by Hardee’s.

Kellie Pickler was born in Albemarle, North Carolina, and then raised by her grandparents after her mother abandoned her at a very young age. She graduated from North Stanly High School where she was a cheerleader and beauty queen.

In 2005, Kellie was selected for “American Idol” and headed to Hollywood. While she finished sixth in the contest, Kellie had won the hearts of country music fans worldwide. Kellie gained many more fans when she and her partner, Derek Hough, wowed the judges on season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars.” She and Hough won the competition!

An active supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many other charities, Kellie has said, “Happiness has been about surrounding myself with positive people who love me, inspire me, and lift me up. If I take in positive energy, then that's what I put back out into the universe.”

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260, email or visit And be sure to follow the Walker Center on Facebook.

Tickets are available to purchase for each of the Walker Center’s season shows. On Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, the Walker Center welcomes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound with J. Mark McVey. They will present their “Inspirations of Broadway” project. “Christmas with The Celts” will usher in the holiday season at the Walker Center on Fri., Dec. 2, 2016. This presentation is described as “ancient meets modern" and includes unforgettable, heart-stirring Irish and Scottish Christmas carols. The Walker Center presents the legendary country duo The Bellamy Brothers on Fri., Mar. 10, 2017. For 40 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Taylor Hicks makes a stop at the Walker Center on Thurs., April 6, 2017. Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time. And, the Annie Moses Band returns to the Walker Center on Fri., May 19, 2017, by popular demand, presenting “The Art of the Love Song.”

The John A. Walker Community Center is dedicated to being this region’s primary venue for cultural experience and to serving as the preferred gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties for our community.

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100% Tobacco Free.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world."

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