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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.

The year 2014 was relatively quiet for Clarkson, although she spent time recording her seventh album, Piece by Piece, with producer Greg Kurstin. The first single, "Heartbeat Song," appeared in January 2015, and the full album followed in March. It included songs from Sia Furler and Kara DioGuardi, as well as a feature for John Legend on "Run Run Run." ~ 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: Heartbeat Song (Single)

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Track List: Invincible (Single)

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Track List: Never Again (Single)

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Track List: Piece By Piece (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 like Kelly Clarkson song's
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@kat, this doesn't work, sorry to tell ya :(, but I will tell you easily and nicely. Be grateful I'm not screaming and ranting at you like some psychos on here
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peggasmith
This is a heartbeat song ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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LOVE YOUR SONG STROGER
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Run pink
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Luv this song��
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tarrahlee1
Love her and her music!
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amazing
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I iove your song
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I think it s so cool you won American idol
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This is my jam- #heartbeatso n g ! !
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Love songs
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Your music will never get old
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I love this is my heartbeat song.��
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This is my heartbeat song
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peggasmith
I have something to say, where do you get your inspiration ������


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. I am an aspiring musician, I am in a group of four (now three) other guys. We are all from the UK and we have a couple of hits. We got our start on the X Factor in 2010. We have a couple of hits that have made it big but nobody remembers us anymore. How do you do it? Ps we should collab
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest of Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the beast day of your life.however if you dont post this you will be injured ( but not die)in two days i.now you already started reading this do don't stop. Post this on at least 5 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 but it works.
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I LOVE all of your songs, but heartbeat is my favorite!!!�
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I LUV U!!!!!
<3 <3 ur music will never get old gf!!! Love since u been gone it's an old one but I love it!!!!! ; D ; D <3
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What doesn't kill makes u stronger!!
So true
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This is my heartbeat song
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tom.ruggiero
Love u awesome tunes
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manufranchi3
Say Ariana 2 times then post this on 2 songs then check your voice.
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Say Ariana 2times then post this on 2songs then check your voice
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briguy762
Best song ever
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love it
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Omg ur right
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nanas8204
She USED to look like Kholë Kardashian.D o n ' t believe me? Stare at the picture of this album.
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singingschel b i e
Kiss your hand five times post this on five songs and look under your pillow
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Plz follow me and if you follow me I will follow you back
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elizabethalf 8
Kiss your hand five times pot this on five other songs and look under your pillow
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szanderboyx
Love this song if you agree plz follow me plz
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One of the bests. :3
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BECAUSE OF YOU THE COOLEST SONG EVER FT REBA THIS IS MY IS MY JAM EVER TOO LISTEN THIS MAKES MY WANT TOO CRY
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Say iPhone five times pick any color write this on 5 songs look under your pillow
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I love behind these hazel eyes
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KELLY CLARKSON IS QUEEEEENNNNN
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nsergioriver a
Also post this on 4 other songs
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nsergioriver a
1.say your name 10 times Say your name 5 times Say your crushes name 5 times and on Friday he will ask you out on a date
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preselser
You are so good at music
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She is the best singer ever
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I ❤️ kelly Clarkson she is an awesome singer
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Jordon
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Kelly clarkson !
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I love catch my breath
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You are the best of them all and the best of all
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I saw u on the Ellen show and ur baby girl is adorable
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1.kiss the back of your hand 2. Say your crushes name 3. Close your hand 4. Pick a school day 5. Say your name 6. Post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
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