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Kelly Clarkson

The winner of Fox TV's first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, Kelly Clarkson went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer in a matter of months, performing for an audience of millions. One of the show's most naturally gifted singers, the affable Texan then went on to enjoy a successful pop career, with only Carrie Underwood rivaling her as American Idol''s most commercial export.

Clarkson was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, and her vocal talents were discovered in seventh grade, when a music teacher heard her voice and urged Clarkson to join the school choir. After high school, she opted to skip college and went to Hollywood to make her name; she appeared as an extra on an episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, but no other opportunities materialized. Upon returning to Burleson, Clarkson worked at a movie theater, promoted Red Bull energy drinks, and ultimately worked as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club before entering the American Idol contest.

One of 10,000 aspiring singers, Clarkson distinguished herself not only with her big, surprisingly mature voice, but also with her down-to-earth charm and sense of humor; at one of her auditions, she switched places with judge Randy Jackson, who did an impromptu version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Over the course of the 13-week show, her consistently strong performances of songs like "Respect," "Natural Woman," "Stuff Like That There," and "Without You" earned Clarkson enough audience votes to claim one of the contest's two finalist positions. After singing "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love," both of which were written for the show, Clarkson won the American Idol contest with 58-percent of the audience's votes. In addition to the show's prize of one million dollars and a recording contract with RCA, Clarkson secured a deal with Creative Artists Agency and several bookings, including the national American Idol tour and a performance of the national anthem at the September 11 commemoration at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

Despite her newfound fame, Clarkson opted to remain in Texas rather than move to New York or Los Angeles. Her first single, "A Moment Like This," was released just two weeks after she won the contest and quickly earned platinum sales. Clarkson's debut full-length, Thankful, was released in spring of 2003, just in time to coincide with the second season of American Idol (and right before the American Idol movie, From Justin to Kelly). Breakaway followed in late 2004 and was a huge success, selling over five million copies (making it the third best-selling album of 2005) and spawning the hit singles "Because of You," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and the enormously popular "Since U Been Gone." That song and Breakaway earned Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, respectively, at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in early 2006. Clarkson continued her busy touring schedule into the summer and announced plans for her third album.

Clarkson released My December, the studio follow-up to Breakaway, in 2007. Notable as Clarkson's first foray into songwriting, My December featured a darker, more rock-oriented edge than its predecessor and even featured a guest appearance by punk icon and bassist Mike Watt. However, label exec Clive Davis openly disapproved of the album's direction, claiming that it lacked the commercial appeal of Breakaway. A public feud ensued, and Clarkson was dealt another blow when poor ticket sales resulted in the cancellation of her upcoming tour. The leadoff single "Never Again" nevertheless became a Top Ten pop hit, and My December climbed its way to platinum status by the year's end.

Clarkson returned to the top of the charts in early 2009, when the sugary single "My Life Would Suck Without You" set a record for the largest leap to number one. Composed by songwriting vets Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, and Claude Kelly, the song also set the stage for her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, whose pop-minded material was mostly produced by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. While touring in support of All I Ever Wanted, Clarkson announced that she had begun work on material for her follow-up. Eventually, she collaborated with a handful of writers and producers, including Claude Kelly and Howard Benson, as well as Jason Halbert, Rodney Jerkins, and others. In 2011 Clarkson released the resulting album, Stronger. Her fifth studio effort, the album featured the single "Mr. Know It All." A Greatest Hits package followed in 2012, and Clarkson's first holiday album, Wrapped in Red, was released in October of 2013. As well as the usual selection of festive favorites, it included a number of newly written songs, including several co-penned by Clarkson herself. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Before Your Love / A Moment Like This

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Track List: Catch My Breath (Cash Cash Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Don't Rush (Single)

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Track List: Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem) (Single)

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Track List: Never Again (Single)

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Track List: Sober

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Track List: Tie It Up (Single)

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Track List: Up To The Mountain

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Track List: Walk Away (Chris Fox Full On Club Mix) (Radio Single)

Comments

balqis13girl
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
b_kahrhoff
I love the way you can sing this song
Booooooooooo Kelly Clarkson
This song reminds me of my ex
Love Kelly!
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
Ghuejdgdkejx t w u k e k d h d k e j d k e j e j d g e j s k w j s l s j d j s j j d j d h d g e j e k j j e j d j d i d j d i d j d i d j d o d j d j d g d h d i d n d i d j d j d j d i d h d u d u d g d v e i e o k d k e i e k d g e t d i e j d j e j d g d i s j s k s h x g s g s u e j e k e j d i s j w k s j g d g s h s k w l w k s h s g w i w k j w s i s k s
I love all of her songs ;-)
Jehejejdhdhe j e g d u d k d g d g k e l e j j d j e j e h d g e j d k d k d y d g e j e o o d u d g j e i d i d j d o d j y d h e k d k e i e h e o o e j d d h e j k e k e j e o s j s h s h s k e y s g e i k e k d k s j d j e k j s i s h s g y s g s u s k l e k l s k s s j j s k s j s j s h j w s j s i s j s s j h x j s o s s j x g f s j d k k w o w w j s j h s
Would sing because of u to meh crush lol
You are the best Kelly i love all your songs I have lots of posters of you can't wait till you have a concert
Lol are my favorite singer America Idol
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color then look under your pillow
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post on other songs
Look under pillow
Because of you- I sing in my room with the door locked as loud as I can. I love this song so much.
Love her follow for a follow
Ghuridhrpfjr j e l d h d j e k d h d j e l r k f u d g d i e j c h o e d j j e d o j d u c g e k d j d u d h e o d d u d g h i e j j e e j i d i d o d u d g d h e o e o o e d y d i e i d h d g d u d d u d h i e o e j e o d k d d i h d o d i d u g i d i e u d g d i e e o j e e e j d h i s s i e
aveeliza2005
Say iPhone 5
Post this on 5 other stations
Look under your pillow
I only like stronger by her, I'm not a huge pop fan I'm more a metal fan. Take nightwish as an example!

From: NIGHTWISH FREAK!!!!!!! !
I love Kelly Clarkson!!!
F6
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on this screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Since u been gone ����
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a weekday
Then they will ask you out on that day
Breakaway is my fav song of all time it is so meaningful to me, I can relate to the song and it's just an AMAZING song
Kiss you're hand
Say you're crushes name
Pick out a weekday
Then you're crush will ask you out
I love this song!
<3 love Kelly Clarkson
1.put your hand on your forehead
2.say wow
3.tomorrow will be the best day
4.post this on a different song
Breakaway is my favorite song by Kelly Clarkson! And it always will be! :')
I love you
Say Ariana Grande
clap your hand five times
Post this on two other songs
Cheak your voice
Kelly clarkson u are the best :-)
barroso_supe r g i r l
You are one of my fav and I love you guess what today is my birthday it was on wasday
dan_glaze4
Love you!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Don't read this Bcuz it really works ur gonna get kissed by love of your life on Friday! Will you also be the best day of your life! If you don't post this on five songs in 143 mins then you will die in 2 days! When your done press f6 and ur lovers will appear in big letters on your screen!
TOTALLY W YOU ON THIS TUNE

TIME TO SAY, ADIOS !!!

Better OFF ALONE

U R DOING AWESOME

MUCHO RESPECTO,

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Ueneldkekdld k c j d k e o e l d j d c j d k d l j d j c n e k e o s j d i s j k e e l e i d j e o e j d j d k e l e k d k e j d j e d m l e l e i e d i h d k o e k d u d n e k e l e k e k e i d i d e j e j k e l e k d u d j e k e i d e j e k j d d j c h d n d k d k e l o s j w i i s e o e k e l w k e
She's amazing
............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Kiss your left hand
Say your crush's name
Say your name
Close your hand
Say a name of the week
On that day, your crush will ask you out and will tell you they like you
Post this on 5 other songs and it will come true
Kiss your hand 5 times.post this on two other songs and then look under your pillow
Love you kelly. "What doesnt kill you makes you stronger"
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Love already gone.
lillianlarso n 1 2 3 4
Love this song!!!
!!
emmyv1119
Cool
lulu121910
So true i lov u kelly! !!^.^
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