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Kelly Clarkson

Facts about Kelly Clarkson

Date of Birth:24 April 1982
Birthplace:Fort Worth, TX
First Name:Kelly
Middle Name:Brianne
Last Name:Clarkson
Height:5' 3?" (161 cm)
Eye Color:Hazel
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Taurus
Claim to Fame:First winner of American Idol
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Pop, Pop/Rock
Music Style:Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock, Adult Contemporary, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Pop, Pop Idol, Teen Pop
Music Mood:Amiable/Good-Natured, Angry, Angst-Ridden, Bitter, Carefree, Cathartic, Cheerful, Confident, Dramatic, Earnest, Exuberant, Happy, Intense, Passionate, Rousing, Sentimental, Sweet, Theatrical, Urgent, Visceral, Volatile
Musical Instrument:Vocals
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Biography for Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born Apr. 24, 1982 (39 years ago)) is an American pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the first season of the TV series American Idol in 2002 (19 years ago).

Clarkson has released four albums to date. Her debut album Thankful (2003, 18 years ago), her multi-platinum second album Breakaway (2004, 17 years ago), followed by My dec. (2007, 14 years ago) and her latest album All I Ever Wanted (2009, 12 years ago). Her first four albums have sold over 10.2 million copies in the United States.

Eight of Clarkson's singles became Top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", advanced from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest leap to the top position in chart history.

In addition to her music, Clarkson had the lead role in the movie From Justin to Kelly (2003, 18 years ago) along with Justin Guarini. She played Brenda Lee in the TV drama American Dreams and appeared in the sitcom Reba. She also participated in a comedy skits on MADtv (2002, 19 years ago) and Saturday Night Live (2005, 16 years ago).

Clarkson has toured extensively worldwide as a solo act. After Clarkson's appearance on the CMT Crossroads and her duet version of Because of You (2007, 14 years ago) with Reba McEntire, they co-headlined the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour (2008, 13 years ago).

Early years

Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Rose, a first grade teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson. Clarkson's siblings include her older brother and sister, Jason and Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents divorced after seventeen years of marriage. The family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson's mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.

Clarkson's family struggled financially and after her parents divorced music became her refuge. Clarkson attended Pauline G Hughes Middle School and Burleson High School. She wanted to become a marine biologist but changed her mind after seeing the movie Jaws. In seventh grade, a teacher (Mrs. Cynthia Glenn) overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir; Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training.

In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brigadoon. She sang at her high school talent show, after which a gentleman shared some inspiring words with her: "God has given you this gift. You've got to sing. You're destined to sing." Clarkson continued singing and soon started classical training, hoping that music would be her ticket to a college scholarship.

Upon high school graduation, Clarkson was offered full scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and Berklee, but decided against college because she had "already written so much music and wanted to try it on her own," and she figured "you're never too old to go to college."


Shortly following the completion of the first season of American Idol, Clarkson was accused of working with a record company. American Idol's rules stated that a contestant was not allowed to compete on the program if they had been linked to a record company. However, she was cleared of all allegations, as she had only had a contract in order to conduct demonstration work.

Kelly Clarkson performed at the Washington D.C. Lincoln Memorial on sep. 11, 2002 (19 years ago) following her win on American Idol.Soon after winning American Idol, Clarkson starred with Idol runner-up Justin Guarini in the movie From Justin to Kelly. The movie was poorly received by critics and grossed only $5 million at the North American box office, less than half its reported budget. Clarkson has mentioned in interviews that she is shocked when people send her scripts after From Justin to Kelly, often citing contractual obligation as her sole reason for involvement in the film.

Clarkson is currently the only American Idol contestant to have reached number one in the UK. She claimed number one on Mar. 1, 2009 (12 years ago) when "My Life Would Suck Without You" debuted number one on downloads alone. She has sold over 10.2 million albums in the United States, and over 20 million albums worldwide, becoming the highest-selling Idol winner. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Clarkson is also ranked on the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.

2003–2004: Thankful

Following the release of "A Moment Like This", Clarkson's full-length debut album Thankful was released in North America by RCA Records on Apr. 15, 2003 (18 years ago). It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of two million copies on dec. 8, 2003 (18 years ago) and platinum by the CRIA for sales of 100,000 copies on Feb. 10, 2004 (17 years ago). Reviews for the album were generally favorable. However, several critics noted that her early achievement was established due to her performances on American Idol. Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised the album for its vocal ability: "throughout this record, [Clarkson] makes it seem effortless and charming. She can croon, she can belt out a song, she can be sexy and sassy while still being graceful and as wholesome as the girl next door". Rachel Kipp of JS Online criticized Clarkson for not having the same personality on Thankful that she had on American Idol, and wrote: "on American Idol, Clarkson showcased a great voice and an endearing, 'aw-shucks' personality. That personality is missing on Thankful, and there lies the album's greatest fault". Kipp blamed the producers behind the album for not allowing Clarkson to be herself.

"Miss Independent" was released as the second single from Thankful. It reached the top ten of the U.S. and Canadian singles charts, and earned Clarkson a 2004 (17 years ago) Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". When the single was released in the United Kingdom and Australia, it reached the top ten of the charts; however, Thankful received less attention. It peaked at number forty-one on the UK albums chart and at number 33 on the Australian albums chart.

"Low", the third single from Thankful, reached number two in Canada, but it was unable to make the Top 40 of the U.S. chart. The final single, "The Trouble with Love Is", was not released in Canada, and it peaked at #101 on the U.S. Charts. Clarkson attributed the under performance of both releases to poor management and relieved her manager Simon Fuller, who she felt was not completely focused on her career. Clarkson also covered Danielle Brisebois' "Just Missed the Train" on the album.

As of 2009 (12 years ago), Thankful has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

2004–2006: Breakaway

Distancing herself from her American Idol image, Clarkson took more creative control with her second studio album Breakaway, and developed a more rock-oriented image. Breakaway was released by RCA Records on Nov. 30, 2004 (17 years ago). The album debuted within the U.S. top five and Canadian top ten, but sales were initially low in comparison to Thankful. However, the single releases from Breakaway proved very successful, and allowed it to become only the fourth album in history to stay in the Billboard 200 Top 20 for a consecutive year, as well as, being certified 6x platinum in the U.S. in late 2007 (14 years ago) and 5x platinum in Canada in May, 2006 (15 years ago). In Australia, the album reached number two and spent 52 weeks in the top 10 and was certified 6x Platinum; however, it experienced a delayed release in the UK. Clarkson co-wrote six of the songs with several songwriters, such as former Evanescence band members Ben Moody, David Hodges and producer Max Martin; the title track was co-written by punk-pop singer Avril Lavigne. Breakaway received different responses from critics; Rolling Stone commented that "on Kelly Clarkson's second album,...she embraces her rock side rather than the pop pageantry that put her on top of the American Idol heap". TeenInk noted the strength of her vocals on Breakaway, and praised the change from pop music to contemporary rock: "[Clarkson] retains the incredible power and beauty of her voice while switching to rock". Stylus magazine also enjoyed Clarkson's foray into rock music, however, she was called out because of her American Idol image, which reviewer Charles Merwin believed she had yet to lose. He praised the non-singles and wrote that they "maintain a quality high". Allmusic called the album "a nice, low-key relief".

Clarkson performing her 'Hazel Eyes' concert tour - Nov. 10, 2005 (16 years ago) - Geelong, Victoria, Australia.Clarkson appeared on numerous TV programs during the promotional tour for Breakaway, some of which included Saturday Night Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View; she performed the first two singles "Breakaway" and "Since U Been Gone" on Saturday Night Live, which became her first major telecast appearance in order to support the album. "Breakaway", co-written by Avril Lavigne (141 walls), served as the original song for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004, 17 years ago) and achieved considerable success across the world; it became Clarkson's third top-ten single in the U.S. and fourth top-ten single in Canada. It reached number ten in Australia, and number 22 in the UK. The song's contemporary pop-rock ambiance was one of the several tracks including a stronger rock-influenced sound that had not been heard on Thankful. The second single "Since U Been Gone", which was 'produced' by Max Martin, became the most successful release from the album. Its music video presented Clarkson singing to an underground audience with a full band; cut scenes of Clarkson destroying a former boyfriend's apartment were incorporated. The song's strong rock ambiance allowed it to reach number two in the U.S. and the top five across the world. It also earned Clarkson her first Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance"; she won a second award for "Best Pop Vocal Album".

The third and fourth single releases, "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because of You", also followed with chart success. The video for "Behind These Hazel Eyes" broke the record for days at #1 for a female artist with 33 out of 50 days #1 on TRL. The video for "Because of You" won the 2006 (15 years ago) MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, her second consecutive win in that category (The first being from "Since U Been Gone"). The fifth single from Breakaway was entitled "Walk Away". Breakaway spent 103 weeks on the Billboard 200. It fell out of the Billboard 200 in late Nov. and was moved to Billboard's Pop Catalog. Breakaway was the tenth best selling album of 2006 (15 years ago) in the US, adding nearly 2 million additional sales to the 2005 (16 years ago) and 2004 (17 years ago) sales. As a testament to Clarkson's continuing popularity, she was the most-played artist of 2006 (15 years ago) on American radio, despite releasing only one single in the entire year, "Walk Away". On dec. 23, 2006 (15 years ago), American Top 40 radio show host Ryan Seacrest announced during a countdown of 2006's most popular songs that Clarkson had had a song in the American Top 40 for 111 weeks, making her "the most successful female artist in AT40 history". She was also the most radio broadcasted artist of 2006 (15 years ago) in Australia and "Because Of You" was the third most broadcast song of the same year, despite being released in 2005 (16 years ago).

In the summer of 2006 (15 years ago), Clarkson lent Ford Motor Co. a song titled "Go", written by Clarkson and Rhett Lawrence ("Miss Independent"). The song was used in the company's advertising campaign in 2006 (15 years ago), "Bold Moves" and the song, along with its music video, was made available free at Ford's website (website now defunct).

As of 2009 (12 years ago), Breakaway has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

2007–2008: My December

While on tour in Europe in 2006 (15 years ago), Clarkson began writing and composing songs for her third album, My December. During the Addicted Tour, Clarkson debuted two of her songs: "Maybe" and "Yeah". The first single from My dec. was "Never Again", which made its radio debut on Apr. 13, 2007 (14 years ago). The song was released on iTunes on Apr. 20, 2007 (14 years ago), but was taken down and replaced with a notice that said that the song was not available until Apr. 23, 2007 (14 years ago). The single peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #8 and on the Pop 100 at #5. Following "Never Again", Clarkson released "Sober" as her next single from My dec. on Jun. 6, 2007 (14 years ago). The singles were promoted with appearances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Clarkson also returned to American Idol on the May 23, 2007 (14 years ago) season 6 finale for the first time since its third season, performing "Never Again" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry during a Beatles medley.

Clarkson parted with her management, The Firm, on Jun. 11, 2007 (14 years ago), after the controversy[specify] surrounding My December. Clarkson would then sign with Starstruck Entertainment, run by Narvel Blackstock - the husband of Reba McEntire - on Jul. 2, 2007 (14 years ago). On Jun. 14, 2007 (14 years ago), Live Nation announced that Clarkson's summer tour—her first nationwide arena tour—had been canceled due to underwhelming ticket sales, to be rescheduled after the release of the My dec. album at smaller, more intimate concert environments. Clarkson reinstated plans to tour the US during 2007 (14 years ago), with a much smaller tour than the one she canceled in June. Clarkson began her My dec. Tour on Oct. 10 in Verona, New York in venues significantly smaller than those previously booked.

My dec. was officially released in the U.S. on Jun. 26, 2007 (14 years ago). On the date of the album's release, Clarkson appeared on Good Morning America to promote her new album. Clarkson performed songs from this new album, including the single "Never Again". Despite the controversy surrounding My December, the album debuted at #2 in the U.S. with 291,000 albums sold. This is a slightly higher debut than Clarkson's previous album, Breakaway, which debuted at #3.

On Jul. 7, 2007 (14 years ago), Clarkson performed on the American leg of Live Earth. Her five-set performance list included: "Walk Away", "How I Feel", "Never Again", "Sober", and "Since U Been Gone".

Clarkson was the celebrity coach for Canadian Idol during its Top 5 week of the fifth season, aired on the CTV network on Aug. 20, and she performed on the results show the next night. She was also awarded a Platinum Certification for shipments of more than 100,000 copies of My dec. in Canada. Clarkson also performed at the 2007 (14 years ago) NFL opening kickoff where she sang the national anthem and performed songs from My dec. including "Never Again", "Maybe" and "Don't Waste Your Time". Clarkson also performed in the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets game on Thanksgiving Day.

My dec. was certified both gold and platinum on dec. 12, 2007 (14 years ago), by the RIAA. It has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

On Apr. 19, 2008 (13 years ago), Clarkson participated in a Papal Youth Rally at the campus of St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie in Yonkers, New York performing a mini-concert for those in attendance. This was the Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI. She performed Schubert's "Ave Maria" for the Pope later in the day following the Pope's speech. Clarkson, raised Baptist, was said to be honored by the invitation and appreciative of the rosary given to her and her band by the Pope, who were invited over by the Pope immediately following the performance for the rosary honor.

2009–present: All I Ever Wanted

Kelly Clarkson at the Women's World Award 2009 (12 years ago) (Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria).Clarkson's fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, was released Mar. 10, 2009 (12 years ago). During recording of the album, Clarkson worked closely with producer-songwriters Ryan Tedder, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Howard Benson, among others. The album’s recording was completed on Oct. 23, 2008 (13 years ago). The first single off the album, "My Life Would Suck Without You", was sent to radio on Jan. 13, 2009 (12 years ago), and was available to download thereafter. The single first entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #97. The following week, the single shot to #1, breaking the record of largest leap to the top spot, formerly held by Britney Spears' "Womanizer" This marks the second time Clarkson has broken the record, her first being the American Idol victory ballad "A Moment Like This", which shot from #52 to #1 in 2002 (19 years ago). In Mar. 2009 (12 years ago), Clarkson reached #1 in the UK singles chart with "My Life Would Suck Without You", and became Clarkson's first UK #1 single. In its first week of sales, it moved 255,000 copies in the USA, and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The album sold 90,000 copies in its second week and remained at #1. The album's second single is "I Do Not Hook Up." It was sent to Australia and U.S. Radio on Mar. 30 and Apr. 13, respectively. It debuted in the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 at #20, entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #88, and has climbed to #20. "I Do Not Hook Up" has also peaked at #12 thus far on the Billboard Pop 100. Clarkson's third single, "Already Gone", which had already charted on Billboard's Hot 100 at #70 early in 2009 (12 years ago), was officially announced in Jul. 2009 (12 years ago) along with its music video and North American tour dates for the album. The single drop date for North America was announced for Aug. 11 2009 (12 years ago) and for the UK on sep. 7, 2009 (12 years ago).

Country music

Clarkson performed "What Hurts the Most", with Rascal Flatts, at ACM Awards in 2006 (15 years ago) and returned again to sing a duet with Reba McEntire in 2007 (14 years ago). This was her second performance on a country music award show, even though she is in the pop/rock genre. Along with her performance with Rascal Flatts, Clarkson also performed "Cigarettes", with the country duo The Wreckers during one of their shows in Texas.

Building on her country music status, Clarkson and Reba McEntire recorded an hour-long CMT Crossroads special at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 22, 2007 (14 years ago). It aired on CMT and Palladia (then known as MHD) on Jun. 24, 2007 (14 years ago). Previously, Clarkson was a performer on CMT's Giants: Reba McEntire. where she sang McEntire's hit song "Why Haven't I Heard From You", introduced Dolly Parton, and later also sang Reba's hit "Does He Love You" with Martina McBride. Clarkson also appeared on an episode of McEntire's sitcom Reba, that aired on Jan. 14, 2007 (14 years ago).

At the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 16, 2007 (14 years ago), Clarkson and McEntire sang a duet of Clarkson's own 2005 (16 years ago) single, "Because of You", which also became the lead single from McEntire's album of all-star duets. The music video for this version of the song later debuted on Jun. 20, 2007 (14 years ago). This collaboration with McEntire earned Clarkson a CMA Award nomination for "Musical Event of the Year" in 2007 (14 years ago) and a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Country Collaboration With Vocal" in 2008 (13 years ago). Additionally, the song was featured on Now That's What I Call Country, which was released in Aug. 2008 (13 years ago).

Clarkson was a surprise guest at the 2007 (14 years ago) CMA Music Festival in Nashville on Jun. 7, 2007 (14 years ago), where she performed "Does He Love You" and "Because of You" with Reba McEntire during the internationally-renowned annual event. The performance of "Because of You" was taped and aired as part of the "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock" TV special that aired on ABC on Jul. 23, 2007 (14 years ago).

On Jan. 17, 2008 (13 years ago), Clarkson embarked on the 2 Worlds, 2 Voices Tour 2008 (13 years ago), a co-headlining tour with Reba McEntire.

On May 18, 2008 (13 years ago), Clarkson performed on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam with Reba McEntire and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn. The All-Star jam is the final event of the week taking place immediately after the awards show. Clarkson was not announced ahead of time for an appearance.


  • 2002 - Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • 2002 - That 80's Show
  • 2002 - Issues 101
  • 2002 - MADtv
  • 2003 - From Justin to Kelly
  • 2003 - American Dreams
  • 2004 - American Dreams
  • 2004 - King of the Hill
  • 2005 - Saturday Night Live
  • 2007 - Reba
  • 2009 - Saturday Night Live


  • 2003 (18 years ago): Thankful
  • 2004 (17 years ago): Breakaway
  • 2007 (14 years ago): My dec.
  • 2009 (12 years ago): All I Ever Wanted


  • 2002 (19 years ago): The American Idol Tour
  • 2003 (18 years ago): U.S. Mini-Tour
  • 2004 (17 years ago): The Independent Tour, co-headlining with Clay Aiken
  • 2005 (16 years ago): The Breakaway Spring Tour
  • 2005 (16 years ago): The Hazel Eyes Summer Tour
  • 2005-2006: The Breakaway World Tour
  • 2006 (15 years ago): The Addicted Tour
  • 2007 (14 years ago): My dec. Tour
  • 2008 (13 years ago): 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, co-headlining with Reba McEntire
  • 2009 (12 years ago): All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Mini-Tour
  • 2009 (12 years ago): All I Ever Wanted Tour

Awards and nominations

  • Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) Sales Awards
  • - Gold Awards (500,000 copies)
  • - Platinum Awards (1,000,000 copies)
  • - Multi-Platinum Awards (2 million or more)
  • Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) Sales Awards
  • - Gold Awards
  • - Platinum Awards
  • - Multi-Platinum Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • ECHO Awards
  • BMI Pop Awards
  • CMT Online Awards
  • ACM Awards (Academy of Country Music)
  • J-14 Hottest in Everything Honors
  • American Music Awards
  • ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  • ASCAP Country Music Awards
  • AOL Awards
  • Pop Star Magazine Poptastic Honors
  • BDS Certified Spin Award
  • People Choice Red Carpet Honors
  • BRIT Awards
  • CMA Awards (Country)
  • CMT Awards
  • MTV Video Music Awards Latin America
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • MuchMusic Video Award
  • Grammy Award Fashion Wrap Honors
  • XM Nation Awards
  • New Music Weekly Awards
  • AOL Moviegoer Award
  • People's Choice Awards
  • Radio Music Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • TV Choice Awards
  • TMF Awards (Belgium)
  • Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
  • Pollstar Awards
  • Women's World Award
  • World Music Awards
  • Fashion Team Awards
  • Kryptonsite Awards
  • MTV Asia Awards
  • Rolling Stone Music Polls
  • Juno Awards
  • Music Choice Awards


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