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Kellie Pickler's First Live Performance Since Her Husband's Passing: "He's Here with Us"

Kellie Pickler made a poignant return to the stage, paying tribute to her late husband in her first live performance since his passing. The former "American Idol" contestant, now 37, took the spotlight on Monday at a Nashville event celebrating the legacy of country music icon Patsy Cline.

Expressing her nerves, Pickler shared, "I'd be lying if I didn't say I was incredibly nervous right now," in a video captured by Music Mayhem Magazine on TikTok. This marked her first time performing since the loss of her husband, Kyle Jacobs.

Kyle Jacobs, a respected songwriter who collaborated with notable artists such as Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw, tragically passed away at the age of 49 in February 2023. Pickler bravely took to the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, a place that held cherished memories for the couple, reminiscing about their past visit on a date night.

During her performance of "The Woman I Am," a song co-written with Jacobs, Pickler emotionally conveyed her belief that he was present in spirit, saying, "I know he is here with us tonight."

Reflecting on her journey through grief, Pickler had previously shared words of gratitude for the support she received. In a statement to the Nashville Tennessean in August, she acknowledged the outpouring of love from family, friends, and fans, emphasizing their role in helping her navigate through the darkest chapter of her life.

At the tribute event honoring Patsy Cline, Pickler not only paid homage to her late husband but also expressed her admiration for Cline's influence on her musical journey, describing her as a significant inspiration.

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