Kellie Pickler – Santa Baby – VIDEO

A red-haired Kellie Pickler sings a slinky “Santa Baby” for a special CMT music video.   I kinda like the new hair color! And the song is a lot of fun, so check it out.

Video, after the Jump…

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  1. That’s a nice video. To her credit, she doesn’t do a sex-kitten act in the performance.

    the auburn seems like a more natural color for her.

    If any singers are here–do you think she sings that entire song in her chest voice? she’s got such a nasally voice, it’s hard to tell. But I am impressed if her chest voice goes that high.

  2. wow, she actually does sound really good in this. i’m a big fan of kellie as a person, but she rarely sounds great live.

    suzanne–it does sound like those high notes are in the chest voice. in a strange way, i think she sounds more nasally in the lower notes for some reason. i guess that’s just her tone though.

  3. Love Kellie, Love the song (great Christmas party song, love her red hair and the whole look. Of all the Idol woman this is the one I would like to most meet as a person…She just gets IT.

  4. If any singers are here’“do you think she sings that entire song in her chest voice? she’s got such a nasally voice, it’s hard to tell. But I am impressed if her chest voice goes that high.

    No, she’s primarily singing in both her chest and her head voice and in her head voice mainly — but head voice is not falsetto. No adult female who is full sized has a chest voice that goes that high because to have one would defy the laws of physics! (I’m a classical singer and a former physics teacher, lol …)

    Head voice is just the part of your main voice that resonates more in your head than in your chest. She’s not using falsetto, which is really really high for a woman and a much “smaller” and, usually, breathier voice than the main voice — which has both chest and head resonances — and which she’s using here.

    It sounds to me as if she’s had some voice training to smooth out the “break” in her voice — the notes right between the ones that resonate almost entirely in your chest and lower body and the ones that resonate mostly in your head, sometimes called “mix” notes because they need to resonate in both areas to sound strong. ….

    When you do it wrong, as you cross those notes it sounds as if you’re jumping from one kind of singing to another and the middle notes themselves can sound weak and wavery. (This is one reason that it’s easy to confuse head voice with falsetto.) But I think Kellie’s getting some training, because she manages her break very well here and her head voice sounds nice and strong without her having to drag chest resonance up high (which is something you have to force and it’s not good for your voice in the long run — it’s the way a lot of people ruin their voices, actually.)

    Good job, Kellie…. (I wish she weren’t so “nasally,” but, hey, I guess it’s her form of singing (TM: Chris Richardson)) She’s fun and a great performer, and, I guess, what more can one ask.

  5. Thanks for the head/chest voice discussion, Lucy. I’m a singer in an a cappella quartet and I’ve been working on mixing the voices but I find it hard to do. Frankly, for solo singing, i just stay at an A or lower so I can avoid my head voice altogether because it just doesn’t have the same power.

    Anyway, i was impressed that her power notes are at the top and I really could not hear the difference between the voices. She must sing quite gently in her chest voice.

    ETA–I just sang along with Kellie. I see now what you’re saying and how she’s doing it. (Microphones and amplification are wonderous things.)

  6. Anyway, i was impressed that her power notes are at the top and I really could not hear the difference between the voices. She must sing quite gently in her chest voice.

    That’s part of what they teach you to do, unless you’re trying to be a belter! When you’re not belting the chest voice, then it blends better with the upper part of your register.

    Just keep practicing on the mixing. You’ll get it. …

    One of the most helpful things that I learned was the extreme importance of *relaxing* your whole head, jaw, mouth, tongue, *everything* in that area while you sing. (try rolling Rs with your tongue before you sing, and letting your face relax enough for your lips to flap in the breeze if you touch your cheeks lightly and blow out)

    Because otherwise the higher notes kind of struggle to get out and since they sound weaker, you’re tempted to drag up the chest resonance to strengthen them — and that defeats the whole purpose!

    Kellie is definitely getting some good training and practicing it, I think. I’m impressed by this performance, too.

    And you can get higher than that A, too! I promise. I’m an alto and can get to the second B above middle C in my main voice when I’m really in form. … It’s all about relaxing the voice and just letting it come out!

  7. Simply impressive. Great voice, captivating facial expression while singing and simple but very attractive body language.

  8. simple but very attractive body language.

    Yeah. To me, this is something that Kellie’s always had going for her. She’s able to present herself in a very charming, non-affected way when she sings. I think that’s one of the reasons her performing grabs people.

    And now she’s definitely made some good use of voice coaches.

    Nice to watch these kids learn and grow.

  9. i always liked her voice – very recognizable, very country, very sweet, and frankly, very commercial, and nasal is part of what makes that all work. the vocal coaching only makes her reach her potential w/o changing anything. and she’s always seemed very unselfconscious onstage. my guess is that the red hair is to set her apart from all the current country blondes – carrie, taylor, miranda, julianna, jennifer, etc.

  10. Oh my, she’s adorable, isn’t she. She did great, as much as I like her, she doesn’t always pull it off live, but this was terrific. Spot on vocals, and she changed it up enough that she made it her own. Go Kellie!

  11. I like Kellie but I find her voice nasally and annoying. She does have a few songs I like though.

    Her hair looks cute. It must have been taped a couple weeks ago cause she had said she is already back to blonde.

    I do love her personality though!

  12. That was great. Thanks for that, MJ.

    I love this song and Kellie is perfect for singing it. She has that minxish quality to really pull it off. She looks stunning and sounded great.

  13. That was fun.

    I have turned into a KP fan. Who would have thunk it during Season 5. LOL. The hair looks fab, too.

  14. She is just too cute. I’ve always liked her a lot. Not the best singer, but she has charm and sweetness galore, plus a nice voice. And she is adorable.

    Oh, and I like her blue nail polish! :)

  15. Thanks, MJ for posting this. I’ve grown to love Kellie because she seems such a genuine singer/personality, and this video in particular was like a shaft of sunlight.

  16. I came to enjoy Kellie once she was off idol. She is fun and has an adorable personality. She was wonderful on Extreme Makeover. She came off very real – a sweet, down-home country girl.
    I always thought though that it was too bad that she was not a good singer.
    But if she continues singing like this, she will have all the assets to make it much much further.
    Love the red hair !

  17. wow, she actually does sound really good in this. i’m a big fan of kellie as a person, but she rarely sounds great live.

    You’ve got it backwards. She’s one of the best live singers and rarely doesn’t sound great live. She’s performed hundreds of concerts, always sounds great and gets great vocal reviews from the critics. Can’t say the same about everyone she tours with.

    Those saying she’s had vocal training, of course she has and all the Idols have. The difference is that those who were older and more experienced like Kat got it before and during Idol and Kellie got hers during and after Idol. Where have you been because she’s been singing great like this for a few years now. She recorded Santa Baby in 2007 and sang it perfectly then. Download it from itunes and listen. Best vocal of the song ever live and recorded. I guess that’s why Sony asked her to record it, put it on 3 Christmas albums, it’s the most popular on radio and a top 3 seller on itunes for 2 years now.

  18. Wow, that was real nice. Listen to this because I’ve always loved this song. Never been a big Kellie fan however this took me by surprise, she nailed it! Her voice in this number is a little to high for my taste but I love how she has grown and matured into a TRUE singer/ performer.

    Way to go Kellie!!

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