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 Kelley has an uncanny ability to connect with people.
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 pick up the gift of gab around the shampoo bowl,” admits Kelley. “I think Dolly Parton’s character in the movie Steel Magnolias was based on my momma,” admits the Great American Country television personality. “My gift of gab comes from her!”
Kelley took her first steps toward a television career when her love of the stage and talents on it earned her a Miss Mississippi crown and an opportunity for a small-town girl to see the world. She globe-trotted for several years for the Department of Defense entertaining troops in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, Alaska, and Europe.
She found her breakthrough opportunity in Nashville, Tennessee and made Music City her permanent home. Nan was chosen as the lovable sidekick to host Gary Chapman for the Tonight Show-esque late-night series Prime Time Country, produced by the dick clark company for The Nashville Network. She has been welcomed in homes across the country ever since.
Over the years, her experience in television and her relationship with the country audience grew in leaps and bounds. Nan was a fixture on one of the most popular and longest running shows in all of entertainment, The Grand Ole Opry, as the television host of Opry Live. In 2005, she started a tenure with the Scripps family of
networks that would lead to her becoming a major personality on Great American Country (GAC) through her longtime position as host of the popular Top 20 Country Countdown. In addition, she’s hosted many specials for the network, including the Academy of Country Music and the CMA Red Carpet shows. Nan has appeared on the Travel Channel, DIY, the Armed Forces Network and has hosted Winter Wonderland and Best Places to Live and Work on the former Fine Living Network and Country Stars At Home on HGTV. She’s hosted two television projects for Time Life and her most recent appearance was on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show as One Pan Nan.
She and husband Charlie, a Grammy-nominated musician/producer, also have a busy voice over business and have lent their talents to dozens of TV spots and corporate media, including The Home Depot, Infinity, Walmart, Kleenex, and Bass Pro Shops to name a few. Their production company, On Deck Media, produced the Great American Country specials Hit Exchange, featuring Trace Adkins and super group Exile and From the Deck with Nan Kelley with guests Ronnie Dunn and Kip Moore.
Within the last few years, Nan has created the One Pan Nan brand, her alter food-loving ego. As One Pan Nan, she connects with everyday folks by walking a mile in their shoes and sharing a meal, utilizing her favorite way to cook—all in one pan. Charlie gave her the nickname years ago when they first got married because of all the southern casseroles she was serving him and the name stuck. With a video web series, blog, and a new cookbook featuring recipes from Nan and family and friends, Nan’s 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. She’s proud to have represented the popular national food brand Red Gold Tomatoes as a past spokesperson.
When she’s not on the road or in the studio, Nan and Charlie spend time at home in Nashville with their animals- three rescue dogs, Jerry Lee and Nessie, six-year-old Boston terriers and boxer Olivia-all spoiled rotten and their feral-no-more cat, Casey.