After Kellie Pickler debuted her new single
“If It Wasn’t For a Woman” this summer during CMA Music Festival, the North Carolina native released a studio version of the poignant song.
Inspired by her Grandma Faye, Kellie, her husband Kyle Jacobs and friend Brian Bunn co-penned the song that brings to life the picture of Kellie’s loving relationship with her grandmother. As a child, Kellie was raised primarily by her grandparents Faye and Clyde Pickler. Faye was extremely close to her granddaughter until her passing from lung cancer in 2002.
Kellie is now the co-host of her own daytime talk show, “Pickler and Ben,” with Ben Aaron—husband of Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee. Crediting her grandmother with helping her become the woman she is today, Kellie performed the touching song, accompanied by her husband Kyle on piano and friend Brian, in honor of her late grandmother.
Prior to her performance, Ben asked Kellie to tell the audience about her special song.
“This is one of the most special songs I’ve ever written or co-written with my husband and our dear friend Brian Bunn,” Kellie said. “We wrote this song at our kitchen table and it is all to shine a light on my grandmother Faye, who is the woman that I called mom. She raised me and she very much made me the woman I am today. Or I could only hope to be half the woman she was. This is all for grandma Fay. This is for everybody’s grandma. For any woman you have in your life. We all have that woman that we draw strength from and that made us who we are.”
At the end of the performance, Kellie moved not only herself, but audience members to tears with her heartfelt rendition.
“If it wasn’t for a woman / leading me by the hand / helping me understand / if it wasn’t for a woman / teaching me wrong from right / praying for me at night / I’d be half the woman I am / if it wasn’t for a woman,” Kellie sings in the chorus.