Kelly Clarkson is known for winning the American Idol, and she went on becoming one of the successful stars. She is a successful singer with hits like Behind These Hazel Eyes and Because of You.
Kelly Clarkson (Biography, Songs, American Idol, & Facts)
1] Early Life
Singer full name is Kelly Brianne Clarkson born on April 24, 1982, in Fort Worth, Texas. Brianne started schooling at a young age, and she graduated from Burleson High School in 2000. The young singer knew that signing is the passion and started the career in the music industry after college. Los Angles was the place, where Kelly started her career.
An unemployed person coming from a middle-class family cannot afford to live in Los Angles without a job. Clarkson started to take odd jobs to remain in LA, and it helped her pursue music as a career. A television show offered her a job to work as a female vocalist with songwriter Gerry Goffin.
Unfortunately, it did not end well, and she had to return to hometown Texas in 2002. However, the young singer did not give up on the dream and keep continuing her journey. American Idol started to held audition in Texas, and Kelly learned from her friend about it.
Fortunately, the judges selected Brianne from 10,000 applicants. Judges knew in the audition that the finals have a place for her.
2] American Idol 2002
The auditions in 2002 hosted by Fox channel helped shape the career of Kelly. The AI televised eliminations, critical evaluations, suspense, and praises. The judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson, did not hesitate to evaluate the signing skills of the candidates. Kelly defeated Justin Guarini to become the first-ever winner of the franchise on September 4, 2002.
As per the deal, the #1 winner earns an official million-dollar RCA record contract. A million dollar deal for the winner to launch an album and the label will promote across the country. The first-ever American Idol grabbed the attention & headlines, and it opened a path for the singer to shine in national television.
3] Initial Success
On September 17, 2002, “Before Your Love” & “A Moment Like This” song released in the debut single song. Clarkson performed both songs on the grand finale of the American Idol. The debut singles were at 60th position in the billboard.
The nation listened to the debut song, and it performed very well climbing on number 52. Little did they know that the 38-year-old record set by the British band The Beatles broken by Kelly’s song.
The singles debut song became the best-selling single of 2002 in the United States.
Following the next year, the album Thankful (2003) released in America. Fortunately, the album did better than the debut movie she performed in the last year. The debut album had several songs, but “Miss Independent” performed extremely well compared to other songs.
Kelly did wait for any further, and the singer knew that the country is waiting for the next album. The record label started to work on the next album to take advantage of the popularity. In 2004, Breakaway (2004) album launched and it sparked several hits such as “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Breakaway,” and “Walk Away.”
4] Fame & Success
Clarkson rose to fame by then and the albums earned her two Grammy Awards in 2005. The first award was for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone.” The second award for Best Pop Vocal Album and she also gave credits to engineer & mixer Serban Ghenea and producer Clive Davis.
Kelly sold millions of records in the USA alone, and it earned her millions of dollars from tours, performance, and endorsements. The newly fame singer had different plans to keep the hits going in future.
The two-time Grammy award winner decided to work with different songwriters, musicians, and more. The Grammy winner decided to rely on her writings and lyrics to captivate the audience. It was a good idea to rely more on singing skills & writing skills, but it did not go well with producer Clive Davis.
The album My December (2007) released despite the suggestion coming from the producer that they needed rework. However, Brianne personally crafted the art of music in this music and refused to let anybody touch the album or songs in it.
My December (2007) had strong sales, and the overall response from the audience & fans was positive. Unfortunately, Kelly took a step ahead by firing existing management and canceled concert tour for the summer of 2007.
Later on, the singer expressed deep regret over the dispute and firing everyone. Kelly appreciated the support & key role of the Davis in success. He was an important force in Clarkson career and released an album with her when David was not obligated to do so.
Clarkson spends 2008 – 2009 to create new music for the next album, and in 2009, “All I Ever Wanted” album released. The song “My Life Would Suck Without You” started on number 97 and it jumped to number one spot.
The idea to co-write songs helped her sell 255,000 copies in its first week of the album released. The 2009 album landed on number one spot in the best-selling album of the year.
HarperCollins collaborated with Kelly to release children’s book, the Magical Lullaby and River Rose in October 2016. The same year, she joined hands with Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Zendaya, and Kelly Rowland to promote “This Is for My Girls” for first lady’s “Let Girls Learn” educational initiative.
In the same year, she signed a record deal with Atlantic Records to release an album in 2017. The soul-influenced album released in 2017 titled “Meaning of Life.” The song “Love So Soft” touched the people heart and it landed on number two on the Billboard charts. The hit song earned her a nomination in Grammy Awards.
5] Personal Life
Kelly took to Twitter and announced that Brandon Blackstock engaged to her. The groom is the son of Narvel Blackstock, who is the manager of Clarkson. Interestingly, stepson of singer Reba McEntire. The singer celebrated the engagement by appearing & performing on “Catch My Breath” on VH1.
On October 20th, 2013, Clarkson and Blackstock tied the knot, and Blackberry Farms in Tennessee was the wedding location. The couple lived happily and the couple blessed with two children.
The family welcomed the first child River Rose on June 12, 2014. Two years later, the couple welcomed second child (Remington Alexander Blackstock) on April 12, 2016.
Kelly announced the news of the birth of the children’s on the official Twitter handle.
6] Future Plans
In 2018, she accepted to become a judge on The Voice singing show. For 2019, she is going on a tour for “Meaning of Life Tour.” The singer officially announced “The Kelly Clarkson Show” set to premiere in Fall 2019.
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The Voice judge did not sign a new record deal yet and it could be coming very soon because she likes to take time to produce good music.