Kelly Clarkson Biography
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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 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 singing.you 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.
kelly clarkson | Reviewer: morgan | 9/18/09
hello people.i have liked kelly clarkson for a long long time i have liked her from 2002.lol.but she is so good.i have been to 3 of her corenerts.it was so cool i was in the thrid row so cool right i know it is so cool.
well peace and love people
im not joking i really have seen her in cornert 3 times
i like kelly so much peace and love people
hi | Reviewer: kelly's # 1 fan | 4/11/09
I know a lot about kelly. she is my idol. i love her new album -all i ever wanted- and so yeah. she is really funny, i went on youtube and i saw this video of her called -kelly clarkson funny best moments- you all should watch it. its hilarious. i watch american idol all the time because kelly won the first season. she also won 2 grammies.
I dont think im that good of a singer, but all my teachers say i am and so do my friends. i actually won a singing competition ant my middle school. what are the odds, guess im the odd one. im 12 years old and i memorized all kelly clarkson songs. all 4 of her albums. -thankful- -breakaway- -my december- -all i ever wanted- they are great. thats about 42 songs. she writes a lot of music and what i love about her is that all her albums are different from each other. she has great potential with her voice.
I love kelly clarkson. i am one of her biggest fans.
keep it real kelly clarkslon.
My inspiration<3 | Reviewer: Arianna Lexi | 4/5/09
You are my inspiration. I love to sing! I am usually a very shy person but you made me open up to sing to the world. Right now, im going to be going to a sing compotition, and im amazingly nervous. Also, ive never sung infront of an audience, just my vocal teacher! I love you, your a wonderful singger, very talented! keep up the great work!!
i wish i where famous | Reviewer: patricia | 3/11/09
hey kelly, you are my idol, i follow after you,i love your songs.i'm also a good singer.i'll type in a new song for you to sing.(The Title)i need you now.i've seen you out my window thinking you could be mine,i'm sitting alone on the couch in my mind.(chorus)i'm falling behind, i need you now,evry time i walk by you i see you smile at me,i see you smile at meeeeeeee(end of chorus)i look at you, you look away, i look around, you at me,i see you evry time you walk away i need you now i think you know,(chorus x2)i need you now i need you now.(end of song) well how was that?
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