Kellie Pickler deals with daddy issues, gets 'Tough' in new music video: Watch it here!

Kellie Pickler may have collaborated with Taylor Swift on the poppy “Best Days of Your Life,” but on her new single, “Tough,” she sounds like she’s headed in a more Miranda Lambert-ish direction. (Of course, it helps having Lambert’s producer, Frank Liddell on board!)

The just-released music video for “Tough” tells the story of a girl trying to connect with her incarcerated father, which reflects Pickler’s upbringing. Throughout her childhood, Kellie’s father was in and out of jail, and her mother, after abandoning her daughter when she was 2, eventually lost custody of Kellie, who was raised by her grandparents.

All that familial drama helped make Pickler “Tough,” and now she wants you to know it. “The way I see it, the hand of fate did me a favor with the hand he dealt my way,” she sasses while slinking through a hallway in a tight white tank top (She must be a Dierks Bentley fan!) Watch the clip below:

The video’s really not anything special, but it is a pleasantly unexpected move for Ms. Pickler to embrace such an old-school sound. Hopefully, it will give her song a much-needed push on radio. Country could use some more strong female perspective!

What do you think of the (finally released) new video?

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  • James Kragen

    Kellie Pickler is voluptuous, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. I love her. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible. She’s a very talented singer and songwriter.
    Now she has to drop that horse’s ass husband of hers. She has poor taste in men and deserves better than an ugly 37 year old who obviously can’t handle women around his age.

  • District 12

    Not impressed with the video, but I love KPickler so I hope the song does well.

  • Country fan

    Nice video and I agree 100% that country radio could use more strong female perspective and country songs like Tough! Kellie’s songs are great but very underplayed on radio, once a day if that and want to hear them as often as Miranda’s songs, like every hour! I thank God for and know we can count on these 2 wonderful women to help keep country music and radio country!

    • PN

      They don’t play Kellie as much as the other female competition of Carrie, Miranda, Taylor and Martina. I heard one song from her first album last year on the radio right in the early afternoon. But I like that Kellie is going for that old school classic country sound for her new album and avoiding the slickness of the other songs out there.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    I love the song, the video isn’t anything special but that is a good song. Love Kellie!

  • Caley

    Im sorry but this looks like a random YouTube video someone did and not a professional video. Not impressed at all.

  • Debbie

    Kellie sings better than Miranda any time. Miranda is sounding more rock and roll. Kellie is such a doll. My friends and I love her!!!!!! Deb : – )

    • Sharon

      I like Kellie but in no way does she sing better than Miranda (the reigning CMA and ACM female VOCALIST of the year)! I’m glad that Kelly is taking a page from Miranda w/ her song and producers. Nice to her more real woman songs on the radio.

      • Tough as Nails

        I love this song and video! Kellie and Miranda sound great and are equal singers of their own songs. Kellie sings country classics and crossover better and is the first ever winner of the CMT Performance Of The Year award for the best LIVE VOCAL PERFORMANCE on the 2007 CMA AWARDS. She was nominated for CMA and ACM top new female VOCALIST of the year 4 times and deserved to win but lost to Taylor and others getting far more promotion and airplay. Like Miranda, she deserved CMA and ACM top female VOCALIST of the year nominations for the past few years but was ROBBED! No doubt politics played a part. Jimmy Carter said the label decided to push Miranda over Carrie for Entertainer Of The Year last year to help her career. Google “Jimmy Carter Carrie Miranda.” Like Carrie, Miranda, Taylor, and everyone else nominated for CMA and ACM top vocalist awards, Kellie needs label pushes to help her get there. Awards also depend on radio and that’s why Miranda started winning top vocalist and entertainer awards AFTER she hit the top of the chart with White Liar and The House That Built Me. Kellie and Miranda share a great producer now but in no way is Kellie “taking a page from Miranda” with her song. Leslie Satcher wrote Tough only for Kellie after hearing her life story. Leslie has written specifically for just 3 artists, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Kellie Pickler.

    • kat38

      You kidding? Miranda is as country as they come!

  • PN

    She needed to do this for her next single. I think this Miranda Lambert-ish move might work for Kellie Pickler’s new album. And even got Miranda’s producer to handle the album. I’m ready to see Kellie’s take of chewing up the two timing cheating men on her album!

  • UGH

    Nice boobs.
    I think that’s the only nice thing I could think of when it comes to this video.
    Having the mute on helps.
    A lot.

  • Lynn

    great video!!! love kellie

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