Kelly Clarkson

Singer (1982-)

About Kelly

Kelly Clarkson is an American Idol winner who went on to record several top 10 hits including "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because Of You."

Synopsis And Early Life

Born on April 24,1982,in Fort Worth , Texas. She Graduated from Burleson High School in 2000,where she sang in the school choir. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. Supporting herself with numerous odd jobs, Clarkson made a few television appearances and eventually landed a job working as a female vocalist with songwriter Gerry Goffin. Unfortunately, a bout of bad luck discouraged her and she returned to Texas shortly thereafter. In 2002a friend told her about a new talent search show on FOX called American Idol, Clarkson became one of 10,000 contestants. After grueling rounds of televised eliminations, and critical evaluations by judges, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson, Kelly Clarkson prevailed against Justin Guarini to become the first winner of the hit contest on September 1,2002. Her official prize a million-dollar RCA record contract. In 2003 she made her feature film debut in the forgettable from Justin to Kelly. Fortunately her first album fared much better than her movie. Thankful was a hit based in part because of the smash single, " Miss Independent."Clarkson went on to establish herself as a leading pop star with her second album, BreakAway (2004). The album spawned several big hits, including "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Walk Away." It also earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards in 2005: one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and another for Best Pop Vocal Album. An award she shared with producer Clive Davis and engineer/mixer Serban Ghenea. Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol in 2002,winning the million- dollar prize of an RCA record contract. Her first single," A Moment Like This," jumped from number 52 to number 1 on the Billboard charts, and her second album Break Away earned two Grammy Awards. Clarkson followed numerous hit singles, including "Because of You" and "My Life Would Suck Without You."