August 12, 2016 12:00 PM

Forget her No. 1 country albums, Dancing with the Stars trophy and American Idol success. According to Kellie Pickler‘s 3-year-old niece, her aunt’s most impressive accomplishment yet may be appearing on Shimmer and Shine.

“I have to tell you, I have a lot of street cred with my niece ’cause this is one of her favorite shows!” the singer, 30, says of the animated Nickelodeon series about a little girl and her genie pals.

Pickler will play Zora, a genie pirate, in a two-episode story airing early next year. She will sing two original songs for the show.

Courtesy Nickelodeon

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The last time Pickler got animated — in 2014’s Veggie Tales movie, Beauty and the Beet — she played a sweet potato (“the sweetest potato of them all,” the singer pointed out). But this time around, her character — whom she says is “a tough chick and a free spirit” — hits a little closer to home.

“Zora and I are both adrenaline adventure junkies,” says Pickler, who recently went skydiving with the Army’s Golden Knights for an upcoming episode of her CMT reality series I Love Kellie Pickler.

Courtesy Nickelodeon

“We’re both always seeking the next crazy adventure,” she adds. “Zora’s a little spitfire. But she can be a little forgetful, a little absentminded at times — and we have that in common too.”

Pickler says while she and her songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs have “no plans” for kids themselves, she’s proud to be part of a show that children like her niece can enjoy.

“You have to be so careful not to contaminate their little minds,” she says. “Once they hear something or see something, they can’t un-hear it or un-see it!”

— Eileen Finan

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