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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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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: Heartbeat Song (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)

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I LOVE U!!!!!!
jjm13039
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a school day
Post on 15 songs
Your crush will ask you out that day
Kiss your hand
Say your chrushes name
Close it
Say your name
Name a day of the week
Heartbeat Song is power pop!
I love catch my breath
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!!!! ! ! !
Catch ..... my.. breath.
Kelly Clarkson is so pretty
Love this song
dcorrea_023
Be my heartbeat
Dark Side
kamrieharris 6 6
I am a big fan
I love your songs.
love your song stronger because it makes me think about how much I've been tthrough and what i'm doing
Kelly Clarkson is a big influence on me and i love all of her songs
I like this song
Kiss your hand 10 xs say your crushes name and your crush will ask you out
Her music helped me have strength to do things I should have done a long time ago. Truly an inspiration as a singer and writer.
kiss ur hand
kiss ur hand
Love it!!
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 be injured(but won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
an1_work
Well
an1_work
Nice
I love this song! :>
I love this song
Stronger✌️
SAY IPHONE 5 TIMES
POST THIS ON TWO OTHER SONGS
PICK A COLOR
THEN LOOK UNDER YOUR PILLOW
Say Ariana 5 times
Stronger
I love her songs
Makes me want to eat bacon.... And I can't have that!
Mister bring me down well I'm not going down!
Love her songs
hayelstorm
This
Say Ariana 5times you will be kissed
Please follow me!!!!! I'm trying to get to thirty and right now we have twenty seven. Cmon we can do this!!!!
Follow for a follow
I love stronger
grablin
I love you so much fun and I love it when I see you soon enough to be a good day for me
I just lost my best friend and can't get him back
My name is Kelly,too. ��
People like us
Dark Side
What doesn't kill u makes u stronger . Remember that.
It's so true
This song is wonderful! Follow me!
Always luv R5
This helps me out when kids r mean kids like Sophia
Kiss your hand Say your crushes name Close your hand Pick a school day Post this on 3 other songs The day you picked your crush will ask you out
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the lobe of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this too you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this in at least five different 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.
WOW!! LOVE THE SONGS!!
I love u so much so pretty
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