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Kelly Clarkson

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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. Clarkson spent much of 2014 recording her next LP with producer Greg Kurstin. The first single, "Heartbeat Song," appeared in January 2015 and, a few months later, Piece by Piece debuted atop the Billboard 200. This marked her third number one album and first since 2009. It included songs penned by Sia Furler and Kara DioGuardi, as well as a feature for John Legend on "Run Run Run." Nearly a year later, after a heartfelt performance during the final season of American Idol, title track "Piece by Piece" shot into the Billboard Top Ten. Following the unexpected success of the single, Clarkson announced that she had signed with Atlantic Records. In June 2016, she also unveiled kellyclarksonlive.com, which distributed live recordings of fan-requested cover songs performed during her Piece by Piece tour, including Radiohead's "Creep" and Coldplay's "Fix You." ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Kelly Clarkson

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    17 songs

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    Piece By Piece (Deluxe Version)

    10 songs

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    Piece By Piece Remixed

    16 songs

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    Piece by Piece [Deluxe Edition]

    16 songs

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    Wrapped in Red

    17 songs

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    Greatest Hits - Chapter One

    17 songs

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    My December

    13 songs

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    Stronger

    23 songs

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    Stronger [Bonus Disc]

    14 songs

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    All I Ever Wanted

    18 songs

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    All I Ever Wanted [Deluxe Edition]

    16 songs

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    My December

    14 songs

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    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

    12 songs

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    American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics

    12 songs

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    Thankful

    7 songs

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    Invincible (Remixes)

    6 songs

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    Heartbeat Song (The Remixes)

    6 songs

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    People Like Us (Remixes)

    7 songs

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    Catch My Breath Remixes

    8 songs

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    Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) The Remixes

    9 songs

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    Because Of You - Remixes

    9 songs

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    Dance Vault Mixes - Because Of You

    5 songs

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    Behind These Hazel Eyes

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    Dance Vault Mixes - Since U Been Gone (Remixes)

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    Miss Independent

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Top Songs by
Kelly Clarkson

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  2.   Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
  3.   Since U Been Gone
  4.   Catch My Breath
  5.   Heartbeat Song
  6.   Mr. Know It All
  7.   My Life Would Suck Without You
  8.   Behind These Hazel Eyes
  9.   Miss Independent
  10.   Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
  11.   Breakaway
  12.   My Grown Up Christmas List
  13.   Dark Side
  14.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  15.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16.   White Christmas
  17.   Because of You
  18.   Silent Night
  19.   Already Gone
  20.   Blue Christmas
  21.   Tie It Up
  22.   Walk Away
  23.   My Favorite Things
  24.   A Moment Like This
  25.   Don't Rush
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Kelly Clarkson

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