Kellie Pickler has always been candid about the special relationship she had with her beloved grandmother, Faye.

The one-of-a-kind woman, who sadly passed away from lung cancer in 2002, helped raise and guide the star, whose father was absent during her childhood, and mother abandoned her at age two.

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To best honor the angel, whom she called “Mom” for so many years, Kellie debuted a song called “If It Wasn’t for a Woman” during her CMA Fest performance in Nashville in June. The touching ballad, written with her husband, Kyle Jacobs, and fellow songwriter Brian Bunn, is highlighted in an upcoming episode of her television series on CMT, “I Love Kellie Pickler.”

During an interview with Rare Country just prior to her CMA Fest show, Kellie explained that the song is “very special” to her. “It’s very sentimental. It’s a sweet story, and I get to shine a light on her love,” she said of her grandmother.

In this sneak preview for the upcoming new season of the show, Kellie hits the studio with Kyle — who also stars with her on the series — to record her personal ode to Faye. She is visibly emotional as she talks about all the reasons why the song is so important to her.

“This is about heart and soul,” she explains. “That is one of my favorite things about the song.”

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“We want the song to touch people. We want to make them feel something. We want to make them think,” she adds. “One of the most beautiful things about this song is that it’s real. It’s life in the form of a song, and so many people, I think, will identify with it.”

The third season of “I love Kellie Pickler” will premiere August 3 on CMT.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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