Seeker of Connections.
Born and raised in south Mississippi, Nan Kelley got her gift of gab and love of food from her hair dresser mom and the many clients in a southern beauty shop who sometimes traded southern comfort food for Sunday-updos, but always had the stories of life in small town Hattiesburg. A Miss Mississippi crown at the age of18 afforded Nan a college education and the opportunity to travel the world with other Miss America contestants for the Department of Defense, entertaining troops in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, Alaska, and Europe.
After graduation, Nan moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she made her TV debut on the TNN variety show Prime Time Country. From there, she went on to host television shows for Fine Living Network, HGTV, and GAC where she spent 13 years, hosting the Top 20 Country Countdown and Opry Live, interviewing everyone from the likes of Blake Shelton, Richard Petty, and Dennis Quaid.
As a producer, Nan and her husband Charlie, a Grammy-nominated producer/musician, started Ridgeside Media and produced the GAC specials From the Deck with Nan Kelley and Hit Exchange. And for the Circle network, the couple created and hosted the travel series Authentic America. Under the Ridgeside banner, Nan and Charlie have done hundreds of network voiceovers for Olay, Walmart, Chevrolet, Quaker State,The Home Depot, Bass Pro Shops, etc.
Within the last few years, the Kelleys also created the One Pan Nan brand, Nan’s food-loving alter ego, culminating in her successful first cookbook, One Pan Cooking for One Pan Cleanup. “I grew up in the south where casseroles are king," says Nan. "When Charlie and I got married, he started calling me One Pan Nan because I kept cooking up what I call these one-pan culinary delights!” She represented the popular national food brand Red Gold Tomatoes as a spokesperson, as well as Cuisinart kitchen appliances and Le Creuset on QVC.
Nan’s previous work at the Nashville-based shopping network Shop at Home recently led her to her current position as a show host at JTV, the Jewelry Television network, where she presents fine jewelry from around the world. But no matter where you find her on your TV screen, you’ll see a smiling face eager to connect with you and engage in an authentic conversation.