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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

This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
helennguyen7
follow for follow btw make some more songs kelly
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either fey kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room to night. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either fey kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room to night. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
jeffbarker82
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jeffbarker82
YOLO Kell Kell��
Don't red this I works on Friday you will be kissed by your love of your life if you don't post this 5 times you will die this really works
Love u u rock
I love your song breakaway. Awesome:)
Don't read this because it actually works. On the nearest possible Friday you will be kissed by the love of your life. It will be your best day ever. If you don't post this in five songs, you won't get this to work. It's cool because it actually works! If you post this in five songs the name of your love of your life will appear in big letters.
natural.vibe s 6 7 1
I like signing this Song
I love you Kelly!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! SO MUCH better than a lot of roses beautiful more beautiful than you are!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! But you're still more beautiful than the roses!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! O K ? ! ! ! : - ) ;-) :-D O:-) ♥♥♥♥❇✳‼❇✳✴♥♥
croco_sean
Omg you have the best voice in sound of music
dyaconialee
Your an alright singer ��
Gotta love Clive Davis - who else would be dissatisfied with a platinum album? Too much focus on the bottom line and too little leash for an artist who could literally sing the phone book and have it sell. Perish the thought that his label's Pop Princess should want to stretch her creative wings a little. We've followed Kelly since the first Idol season and have her albums, also. My December showed that she could be a dark side rocker and still sell.
Wow, that must have been an old photo because she is hot. She hasn't looked that good in a long time. still a fan though.
thehornes99
Luv ur song Dark Side!!! GO KELLY!!!
Kelly Clarkson is really good
Hey
Say iPhone 5 times ,pick a color,post this on 5 other songs ,check under your pillow
I love you
I don't no who you are
popchips101
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss you
love her
Kelly rules!!!!!!!
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss you
thehornes99
KELLY RULES!!!!!!! ! !
Are my fav singer America
Love AWESOME song hit Catch My Breath GIRL POWER
I love this song with my heart and soul
wens3131
Say iphone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on five other songs
emrandall0
you stronger
lgswank1
iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone neon blue
Singing to this song in my hospital bed. <3
I mean she's an inspiration. S h e started off on american idol and now she's famous...i wanna be like her
thehornes99
Luv ya
annieanson7
My life would suck without Kelly Clarkson
annieanson7
Stronger
Winter dreams������
Lol I love her
Lol she's so incredibly pretty
I liked kelly Clarkson
I love you Kelly
Pandora u have wrong lyrics for Stronger. It's what dosent kill you makes a fighter footsteps even lighter
I like her and this song Already Gone.
this is one of my fave's i love them together and it never gets old love it...
Kelly Clarkson you r so pretty and an amazing singer u rock
I love Dark Side. Thank you Kelly Clarkson for your awesome music!
Love ur song breakaway and Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)!
So cool
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