Country music entertainer Kellie Pickler will appear Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
A favorite of country music audiences, Pickler's life has played out like a classic country song. From her hardscrabble, small town roots, to center stage on the TV show "American Idol," and to the top of the country charts, Pickler has proven that talent, beauty, hard work and determination are a potent combination.
Pickler, with dancing partner Derek Hough, won ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" 16th season last spring.
Since her appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," the mainstream America appeal of Pickler has grown significantly.
In 2006, two weeks after being eliminated from "American Idol," Pickler signed her first record deal. In September of that year, her first single, "Red High Heels," was released just ahead of her debut album, "Small Town Girl." That album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
"A few years ago I was working with one of our corporate clients, Belk Department Stores, on their new branding campaign entitled - Modern. Southern. Style. - and they asked for my recommendation on a performing artist who would fit that branding. Kellie was my immediate choice, and a few weeks later she performed for more than 2,000 Belk associates in Charlotte, N.C., at the brand unveiling. She was an incredible performer," a news release quotes Tom Bullard, executive director of NPAC.
Bullard, a senior partner of Knoxville-based Creative Entertainment Management Group, assumed management of Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Jan. 1 of this year.
He continued, "During the past nine months, we've completed the performance schedule arranged by the previous management company and are now transitioning into our first season of programming. Our 2013-14 season includes 30 performances by musical artists and touring theatrical productions. We've implemented many changes the last few months including a new marketing campaign in the region to establish our identity as a well-respected performing arts center serving East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina."
NO TICKET FEES
Bullard continued in the release: In addition, we've added a variety of attributes to improve what we call the guest experience. Our new website offers more information, our new ticketing system provides many features, including specific seat selection, and our venue has been improved in many ways including updates to the appearance and technical components.
"One of the improvements we are most proud of is the fact that NPAC is now one of the few venues which doesn't charge a fee for online ticketing. No ticket surcharge, no order fee, no add-on costs whatsoever. So, whether a guest purchases tickets in person, by phone, or online (using mail, will-call, or print at home options), the ticket price is the same. We've worked very hard to keep our ticket prices at an affordable amount."
Tickets for Pickler's performance are $50 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $40 for balcony seats and can be purchased online at http://www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling (423) 638-1679.
The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 1,130 seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School.