Born on April 24, 1982, Kelly Clarkson is a pop singer and songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire, and Radiohead, her music became a mixture of pop, rock, and country. In 2002, Clarkson’s friends convinced her to audition for the television show American Idol. Later, the singer appeared on the talent show and won the first season. Judge Simon Cowell stated Clarkson had a voice comparable to Celine Dion and other legendary artist.
After winning the popular game show, Clarkson inked a deal with RCA Records. She began work on her first album with legendary producer Clive Davis and Simon Fuller. In late 2002, she released her first single “A Moment like This.” The song entered the charts at No. 60 then jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 in one week breaking records for the largest leap since the Beatles. After her successful debut, she went to Europe to perform at World Idol, where she placed second behind Kurt Nilsen.
In 2003, with producer Clive Davis, Clarkson released her debut album, Thankful. The record earned her a Grammy nomination and reached double platinum status. The hit single “Miss Independent" became a great success, as did the ones that followed. Critics praised Clarkson’s voice; yet, criticized the way she became successful. Her affiliation with American Idol became the focal point of their negativity. Later in 2003, she made her film debut in From Justin to Kelly. The major motion picture didn’t receive good reviews and Clarkson stated she was contractually bound to do the movie.
After hiring new management, Clarkson returned to the studio to release her second album, Breakaway. Noted for its edgy mainstream sound, the 2004 record became her most successful to date. Ben Moody and David Hodges of Evanescence helped with the project along with pop-singer, Avril Lavigne. Clarkson gained unbridled international success and received a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album.
In 2007, Clarkson distanced herself from Davis and other producers to work on her third album, My December. The separation caused problems between the artist and her label. A war of words followed; yet, Clarkson apologized for any disservice towards her former boss. Although RCA did not like the album, it released in 2007 receiving great success. The first single “Never Again,” became a radio regular and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Clarkson continued her successful career by releasing her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted in 2009. The new record left the rock style and returned to the mainstream. The singer continued touring, promoting the album until her 2011 release of Stronger. Influenced by Tina Turner, Cheryl Crow, and country music, the record became an international success just as her previous albums. Afterwards the singer headlined her own tour and made an appearance on X Factor.
Since 2012, Clarkson has performed at the Super Bowl, Grammys, toured, and recorded a holiday album. After singing at the Presidential Inauguration, in 2013 she released her single “Tie it Up.” In 2014, Clarkson announced on Twitter, she was writing new music for an upcoming album.
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