Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, southern hospitality and the ability to shoot the breeze with anyone about anything were not just taught—they were practically encoded in Nan Kelley’s DNA. “I grew up in a beauty shop, and you certainly pick up the gift of gab around the shampoo bowl,” admits Kelley.
The former Miss Mississippi has become a major personality on the Scripps-owned television network, Great American Country (GAC) through her longtime position as host of the popular Top 20 Countdown. She hosted Opry Live, the televised portion of the Grand Ole Opry, for 8 years and many other specials for the network, including the Academy of Country Music and the CMA Red Carpet shows. Nan has also appeared on the Travel Channel, HGTV, DIY, Fine Living, and the Armed Forces Network.
Whether she’s interviewing superstars and legends backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, chatting it up with a fan she meets on the street, or talking through a television screen to a few million folks, Nan has an uncanny ability to connect with people. In her most recent venture, One Pan Nan, she connects with people through food. One Pan Nan is her alter ego that describes her favorite way to cook and prepare meals–all in one pan. With a video web series and blog at onepannan.com and a new cookbook featuring recipes from Nan and family and friends, her mission is clear-to help busy families have more time around the dinner table with each other and less time over the sink with the dirty dishes.
When she’s not on the road or in the studio, Nan and her husband Charlie, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer, spend time at home in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two dogs, Jerry Lee and Olivia.
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