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Kelly Clarkson Biography

Last updated: 10/22/2014 06:17:58 PM

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Who would have guessed that small town sweetheart Kelly Clarkson would eventually grow up and become one of America's brightest stars?

Certainly, not Kelly!

As a child growing up in Burleson, Texas, singing was far from her choice career.

Kelly wanted to become a marine biologist.

Lucky for the rest of the world, she quickly changed her mind upon seeing "Jaws," because it was only a matter of time before her true talent and passion were unveiled for the rest of the world to see.

Kelly's innate singing ability was first discovered in 7th grade after her junior high choral director heard her singing in the school hallway and encouraged her to sign up for the school choir. Up until that point, Kelly was considering joining the band!

Kelly immersed herself in choral activities throughout high school, starring in musicals ("Brigadoon"), performing overseas, and earning top honors as a member of the Texas All-State Choir.

Upon graduation, Kelly solidified her committment to music, working numerous jobs to finance her demo CD and market herself to record labels. Frustrated with the lack of results and unopened mail, she made her way to Los Angeles along with a friend, hoping for the best.

While in L.A., she found odd jobs to help make ends meet and wound up getting a role as an extra on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

After answering a newspaper ad, she coincidentally hooked up with famed songwriter Gerry Goffin (("You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman") through a mutual friend and began recording vocal demos of his songs. Little did Kelly know that the same song Goffin was famous for, would later provide her with a moment of clarity as she worked to achieve her dream.

Kelly's stay in Los Angeles was tragically cut short after Goffin grew ill, her apartment burned down, and her car got towed. Both emotionally and financially, Kelly was drained.

She turned home to recuperate and re-energize herself before heading back to L.A. Shortly thereafter, her best friend, Jessica, presented her with paperwork for American Idol, FOX Television's national talent search competition/television show.

Already jaded from an earlier stint on the WB's Popstars, Kelly was semi-reluctant, but signed the paperwork and went to the audition, hoping for the best.

Before you could say "You're going to Hollywood," Kelly was there.

After dozens of auditions, she found herself centerstage, among the top 30 contestants, and live on national television.

Belting out an energized rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Respect," she captured the hearts (and votes) of people from all over the United States and advanced to the top 10 finals.

Week after week, Kelly quietly gained ground, rising above the competition, enduring a whirlwind promotional calendar, in addition to the responsibility of preparing live performances every week.

She was later provided with moment of clarity toward the middle of the competition.

When asked what the greatest thing to come out of the American Idol experience was, Kelly said, "the best moment for me was when I realized that I actually really wanted this. This is a public life now, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to do that part of it...The defining point was during my performance of "Natural Woman." I was on stage and the crowd was just going crazy, and I was like, I think I can do this."

It may have took Kelly a while to realize that she could handle it, but the American public showed no hesitation in casting their votes and naming Kelly Clarkson their American Idol on September 4, 2002.

Moments later, she took to the stage for an emotional performance of her first single, "A Moment Like This," capping off the competition and reminding millions of viewers why they tuned into the show week after week--to watch people's dreams come true: "Oh I can't believe it's happening to me/Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this."

On October 5th, 2002, "A Moment Like This," shot straight from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, eclipsing the 38-year record of "biggest leap to No. 1," previously held by the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love," which went from No. 27 to No. 1 in 1964.

Her full-length solo debut is slated for March 4, 2003, and already, Kelly is attracting famed songwriters and producers like Diane Warren and the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey). Kelly also has a desire to showcase her songwriting skills on her solo album as well.

A No. 1 song, legions of fans, and an inner-drive that is unparalleled, Kelly Clarkson is on her way.

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I LUV U KELLY | Reviewer: Sowmya | 10/11/14

Kelly Clarkson is one of my role models because she is one of those people who have a life full of friends, family and happiness. She has a bubbly personality and she is beautiful. Kelly Clarkson is a person who tries to stay positive. i luv u kelly

always wanted to meet her she exactly like me | Reviewer: lindsay | 6/17/13

same ive always wanted to become a marine biologist and people say im an amazing singer and people are trying to make me be in our at out talent show but im totally terrified of singing in front of people but im willing sometimes love ya kelly :)

Kelly is ! | Reviewer: Kat | 5/30/13

I love Kelly Clarkson so much that I listen to her songs every time I work on homework. Well, it may not be very good for completing my homework (since I sing them, too), but it is totally worth it hearing Kelly! I will grow up and remember Kelly Clarkson when she first started out, but she will be #1 on the charts for a looooong time! I hope I can go to one of her concerts someday!!!

Just wanna say God Bless You Kelly, more and more.. | Reviewer: Oka Suebu | 5/27/13

I'm falling in love with you for the fisrt time when I'm hear your song with the title "Because of you".
Everyday, I'm sing this song. I like your voice..
Someday..I want to meet you (My dreams)..
I belive, nothing impossible in God.
Kelly, keep moving on. Just put your trust in God only.

God bless you..

I love you | Reviewer: Cailley | 4/21/13

Kelly you are so talented and I love everything about you that you are my idol for sure. Once I had a music assignment where we had to do a report on any singer or band and I picked you. My favourite song of yours is definately Stronger.

Kelly Clarkson My Idol | Reviewer: Mystery girl | 1/26/13

Kelly Clarkson is my idol. I love her, she is so inspiring. After reading this I feel like I have know her my whole life. You rock Kelly. I have to do a project for my vocal class and pick my favorite artist to write about and I pick you. I can't wait for your next concert. I know you struggled Kelly but in the end you did it you came out on top. I really love your music :)

Kelly Clarkson | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/14/12

Kelly Clarkson is my biggest inspiration because she has not only shown that she is amazing but it shows what you can get out of hard work and how you can use the people that don't like you or your voice to a good thing. Kelly Clarkson is amazing. I am 12 years old and i memorized all her songs by heart. Kelly is amazing!!!!

how inspirational and amazing! <3 (: | Reviewer: Jordyn Jurado | 3/19/11

I love how she started at a young age. That is important. I think that what she did with not giving up in all of the situations that she went through, she still stuck with it and she eventually went on to greater and better things for her and her career! It really teaches you a lesson about never giving up and head for wat your heart desires!!:) She is a WONDERFUL singer and inspirational and I just love her! <3

U inspire me | Reviewer: Emily | 12/27/10

i have changed my mind so may times about what i want to be and my friends tell me im good at singing and i believe them i have herd your songs and i grew up kinda like you i only had a mom and a brother my dad left for jail when i was about three but u inspire me to be a singer and i am thankfull that you are here to show peoeple to chase there dreams,(:

hi!!!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/23/10

hi kelly! I am ten years old and im obsesed with you .You inspired me to love r songs rock.when i hear your songs sometimes i cry.thats how much i adore you!!!!!!!!!!!!if you wright back to the people who post these please wright bach to me.It would mean the world to me

the report | Reviewer: tracy | 4/6/10

i am so amazed about kelly. she is my idal.when she sings its undiscribable!i am also doing a report on her and im writeing a big one so its going to be

I love ur songs!!! | Reviewer: Gabby | 2/15/10

Wwwwooowwwww!! Kelly had to go through a lot to get to where she is now!! I truly respect her!! i am doing a report on her and im so happy im doing it to!!!!

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some people waite lifetime | Reviewer: peter | 12/15/09

kelly clarkson you have waited so long for your dream to come true through the ups and down your determination has kept you going your life style reflects on mine i hope my dream will fullfil like yours my moment like this

i was at your concert | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/11/09

Dear Kelly Clarkson i loved your concert i am the one who was comeing up and taking pics and vidoes. i have looked at them oh can i also i whanted you to put me set as yor fan. i am a 9 years old so when i mess up words or forget a word that just means i am typing fast to. and the reson why i am typing slow is because i have HUGE KEY LETTERS. sorry i am not yelling at you or something like that. that mens i am showing you

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u rock | Reviewer: Sarah | 11/7/09

Hey its sarah i just wanted to say i really like u and i was wondering if u could give me a few more tips about u because my class is doing a independence projecet in class and i was wondering if u could help me learn a little more about ur self.