Kellie Pickler determined to 'be a part of things that matter'

2nd Dec 16 | Entertainment News

Kellie Pickler uses her fame to make a difference in the world.

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The 30-year-old singer first found fame on U.S. TV talent show American Idol in 2005 and has since gone on to become a big name in the country music world.

As well as enjoying success with her records, Kellie has always been determined to give back as much as possible, and recently completed her 10th United Service Organisations (USO) tour. The tour involves her singing to the troops and meeting soldiers, and is something the country star relishes.

"It is truly an honour," Kellie told Fox News of singing for the troops. "I have been so blessed to work with the USO for years now... I feel like my husband and I have such a beautiful life and we are so blessed to have our dreams become a reality, and we are able to use our jobs and careers as a vehicle to get into the door and be a part of things that matter. The USO matters and it does make a difference. We can always do our part."

In fact, Kellie and songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs are such a fan of taking part in the tours that they are even hoping to do one over the holidays.

"Every Christmas my husband I try to be together whether we are in Nashville or on a USO Tour, which we tend to do that a lot over the holidays. That has kind of been a big tradition of ours," she smiled.

"As long as we are together and in good company that is the most important thing. We just want to laugh and have fun and be with good people."

Kellie was recently recognised for her work motivating the military, and was presented with the 2016 Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense in October (16).

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