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Kelly Clarkson: A Biography

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Her face stained with tears and the confetti that never seemed to stop falling from the studio sky, Kelly Clarkson made “American Idol” history as the show’s first groundbreaking winner. Her voice, strained from several months of non-stop singing, was barely audible during a performance of what would be her first single, “A Moment Like This” and she needed assistance from other Idol contestants to finish the song to its last note. But what was really going through her head was, how did she get here? Would she become a different person? Little did she know that the evening of September 4, 2002 would change her life forever.
Her face stained with tears and the confetti that never seemed to stop falling from the studio sky, Kelly Clarkson made “American Idol” history as the show’s first groundbreaking winner. Her voice, strained from several months of non-stop singing, was barely audible during a performance of what would be her first single, “A Moment Like This” and she needed assistance from other Idol contestants to finish the song to its last note. But what was really going through her head was, how did she get here? Would she become a different person? Little did she know that the evening of September 4, 2002 would change her life forever.

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Kelly Clarkson: A Biography
“Is This What I Want?”
Music As An Escape From The Pain
And the Accolades Keep On Coming…
Is There Time For Love As Well As Success?
And Now, “Duets”…
Whoops! Did I Say That?
Betcha Didn’t Know This about Kelly Clarkson…
The Future
Sources and Further Reading
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Her face stained with tears and the confetti that never seemed to stop falling from the
studio sky, Kelly Clarkson made “American Idol” history as the show’s first
groundbreaking winner. Her voice, strained from several months of non-stop singing, was
barely audible during a performance of what would be her first single, “A Moment Like
This” and she needed assistance from other Idol contestants to finish the song to its last
note. But what was really going through her head was, how did she get here? Would she
become a different person? Little did she know that the evening of September 4, 2002
would change her life forever.
Kelly Clarkson, a twenty-year old from the small town of Burleson, Texas had finally made
it to the big time. But was it what she really wanted?
In an interview with The Guardian, Kelly revealed that she did not know what to expect
when she first auditioned for “Idol”. The whole concept of reality television was still in its
infancy stages and “Idol” would be the first live singing competition of its kind where the
viewers would ultimately pick the winner.
She revealed, “I had no idea what the show was until the third audition. My life goal was
just to be a backup singer. I never intended to be up front. But then my apartment in L.A.
burned down and I had to move home. I had no money and I had to sleep in my car for
three days. I just auditioned for this thing that said they’d pay you, and it happened to be
“American Idol”. I didn’t go into it thinking this would pappen; I went into it thinking it
might pay my electric bill.”
When Kelly heard about the “American Idol” auditions, she was skeptical of the process.
She revealed, “When I auditioned, I only had a bunch of photographs to my name. I
figured I’d get to sing and make some money to pay the bills. Nobody thought that show
was going to be what it is now.” A friend finally talked her into trying out and Kelly landed
at the Dallas, TX open casting call. She was so nervous, she reportedly could not sleep
the night before.
Just one in a group of singers who first auditioned that ultimately topped out at 10,000,
Kelly was distinctive from the get go. During the audition process where she sang Etta
James “At Last”, she famously switched places with “Idol” judge Randy Jackson and
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James “At Last”, she famously switched places with “Idol” judge Randy Jackson and
listened to him sing his version of R.Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”. Her vivacious personality
and positive attitude, as well as her stellar vocal chops, had her making the cut to head to
Hollywood.
The next thirteen weeks would be a time of professional and personal growth for Kelly.
Separated from her family and friends, she was forced to rely on the friendship of her
fellow “American Idol” contestants, the only other people who would understand the
situation she was in. After all, everyone was cut off from their support systems and
floundering alone in unfamiliar and untested waters. She became fast friends with her
main competitor on the show, Justin Guarini, and was also close with several of the
female singers such as Tamyra Grey and Nikki McKibbin.
Throughout the competition, Kelly kept her eye on the prize; the recording contract that
would allow her to pursue the dream she had since childhood. For the duration of the
telecast, Kelly was never in jeopardy, and always easily advanced to the next round of
competition. During that fateful finale evening, Clarkson revealed to MTV News that she
was doubtful if winning was what she really wanted, but she knew deep in her heart that
her life would change.
Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes, the executives at “American Idol” regrouped to map out
the future of the show’s first winner. RCA gathered together their biggest writing talent,
Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Dallas Austin and Walter Afanasieff, to craft some original
songs for the winner. Before the finale even took place, both Kelly and Justin were
brought into a recording studio to tape the two songs that would be released, had either
one won the competition. At that time, RCA General Manager Richard Sanders stated,
“I’ve been told (Kelly) writes songs, but everybody says they can write. We’ll have to
record a lot of material to see what works. Her image will be girl next door or a little older
than a Britney Spears look, but accessible, every girls’ dream.”
“The hardest thing is going to be keeping the momentum going until the record comes
out,” stated David Wolter at Virgin Records. “It’s definitely a here-today, gone-later-today
phenomenon, but people are so hot on the Cinderella-story aspect. All RCA has to do is
get the record into stores. People will buy it.” As the teams worked feverishly during the
final weeks of the show, the competitors did some soul-searching themselves. Clarkson in
particular, found herself at a crossroads in her career choice, the first of many times she
would feel as if she made a deal with the devil.
“Actually this is exactly the way I thought it’d turn out. I was never that kid that was like
smoke and mirrors. I knew it’d be hard work, I knew there’d be a lot of sacrifice and even
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the night I won, I remember Justin (Guarini) and I talking and we were like, ‘Oh I don’t
know if this is really what I want to do because it’s a lot, you know?’ But I really just love
singing and at the end of the day, it’s worth it.” During the two-hour telecast, Kelly won
58% of the viewer vote and easily took the title. She stated to Teen People, “In the end, I
couldn’t hear them say I won. I actually found out when Justin Guarini hugged me and
said, ‘Congratulations’!”
At the end of the day of September 4, 2002, Kelly Clarkson had just walked away with the
coveted title of the first American Idol and was endowed with one million dollars and a
lucrative recording contract with RCA records. Plus, she also secured a deal with a
leading talent agent, Creative Artists, and found herself on a roller coaster ride that took
her to great highs and even lower lows. But, with all the glory came the guts and Kelly
soon found out that winning wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. She found herself making
some tough decisions from the get-go that both distinguished and distanced herself from
her humble “Idol” beginnings.
Kelly explained in an interview with The Guardian, “Literally, my career is happenstance. I
work very hard, but I always wonder how in the world I got here.”
“The first four years of my career post-”American Idol” were almost total crap. They
were really hard. I was always successful, but that is not always the dream. The dream is
to be happy while being successful. It sounds super cheesy, but I wish I had had someone
there to hold my hand, or at least tell me, ‘this is a poor decision, or this is something you
should do, or watch out who you hire.’ I worked with a lot of great people, but there have
been people who have said, ‘we want you to be the biggest star in the world’ and I said,
‘Um, that is not a goal of mine’. I wanted a life.’ “
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Kelly Brianne Clarkson found her voice at an early age, as an escape from the pain of a
childhood that was certainly not a storybook one. The daughter of a Jeanne, a teacher
and Steve, an engineer, Kelly has two older siblings; a brother named Jason and a sister
named Alyssa. At the age of six, the family was turned upside down with the divorce of
her parents. Financially, times were hard on the separated family and Kelly turned to
music as a way to escape the pain of her young life experiences. “I had to grow a thick
skin from the age of five,” she has revealed.
Explaining in an interview published on her official website, kellyclarkson.com, “My mom
had to do everything on her own. She put herself through school. It was really hard. I
think watching that molded me into this person who wants to relay a message to women
everywhere that they’re capable of doing whatever they set their mind to. It made an
impact on me even though I didn’t know it at the time. Now I see it while I’m making
these songs that I hope will inspire people.”
Also in that interview, Kelly explained how she was first inspired to sing at age eight after
a visit to an African-American church in Fort Worth, TX. She said, “I was like, ‘Wow’!
Whatever they’re feeling I want to feel it too.’ ”
Others began to take notice of Kelly’s vocal talents when she was in seventh grade at
Pauline G. Hughes Middle School, where they would hear her singing in the hallway. A
teacher named Mrs. Glenn heard her and asked her to join the school choir. She
continued to sing and when she was of age to work, she took on several jobs to help her
mother pay the bills, as well as footing the bills for her own music lessons. It was during
this time she truly cultivated her voice and do or die outlook on life.
Stated Kelly, “When you’re a kid and you find something you’re good at, you cling to it,
People would say nice things and that gave me confidence. Everybody always asks me
what I would do if I weren’t singing and I have no clue because I have no other talents.”
She was a member of several of her Burleson High School productions and performed at
her high school talent show.
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She revealed in an interview posted on People.com, “Singing gave me confidence.
Friends at school were nervous because they didn’t know what they wanted to do with
the rest of their lives, but I had a peaceful feeling inside because I knew. I knew that I
would make a living at this since a seventh-grade assembly.”
She continued, “I kept getting doors slammed in my face”, when speaking about those
early days, when she was shopping demos to record labels.
Kelly decided that if she was to ever make it big in the music business, she would have to
leave her hometown and head to California to make her mark. Some lean months
ensued, with jobs such as an extra on the children’s television show, “Sabrina the
Teenage Witch”. Discouraged, Kelly moved back to Burleson and worked several jobs at
once to fund her dream. She worked in a movie theater, she was a cocktail waitress in a
comedy club and she hoofed Red Bull Energy Drinks.
During that time, she never stopped believing in what she wanted to do, and did not let
others dissuade her choices of what types of songs she should sing; skills she would need
later on in life as her choices became tougher. Said Kelly in an interview with Oprah.com,
“I love different genres of music. I grew up with a lot of urban influence and a lot of
country influence. I’m the youngest within my immediate family, so it’s like I kind of got
everybody’s musical taste and they’re all very different. So I’m kind of like the garbage
disposal of all my family’s different influences.”
It was that single-minded focus that landed her in Dallas, Texas at the right place and the
right time, to make her vision become a reality. The rest was “American Idol” history.
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Up until mid-2011, Kelly held the U.S. title of the Most Successful “Idol” Artist Ever, until
she was usurped by season four winner, Carrie Underwood. The most current figures
show Underwood as selling over 12 million albums and 18 million digital downloads since
her win. Clarkson totaled in at 10 million albums and 16 million downloads. Billboard
Magazine also cited that Underwood garnered more tour revenue than Clarkson, but
Clarkson does not keep the touring schedule that Underwood does, so that point may be
moot.
Nonetheless, it is Kelly who crosses genres more easily than her main “rival” for the
crown. While Underwood’s genre is country, Clarkson switches between pop, rock and
country for a more well-rounded career. that has allowed her to sell over 20 million
albums internationally and seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She has also
been blessed with two Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Music
Awards, one Country Music Association Award and twelve Billboard Music Awards.
Take for example, Kelly’s choices to flee from her “Idol” pigeonhole with her third album,
“My December”. While her second release, titled “Breakaway” sold well over five million
units and scored major radio hits such as “Breakaway”, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”,
“Because of You” and “Since U Been Gone”, “My December” allowed Kelly to hone her
writing chops and bring to the table what truly made her click. After all the “Idol” hoopla
surrounding her first CD “Thankful” and its subsequent hits “A Moment Like This” and
“Miss Independent”, Kelly was ready to tackle something different.
Ironically enough, “My December” was also the CD that broke Kelly free from the
management that was steering her career in a direction she did not feel it should go. She
broke free from her management team, signed with the edgier, The Firm Management,
and went to war with RCA industry veteran Clive Davis over more creative control of her
material. After months of butting heads, she and Davis came to an amicable agreement.
Kelly fired her management team yet again, signed with Starstruck Entertainment (run by
Reba McEntire’s husband Narvel Blackstock) and took a break from pop music to head
home to her country roots.
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She stated regarding “My December”, “It’s the past two years as a journal of my life,
basically. It’s rock and roll baby. It’s pop as well, obviously. I’m not Metallica, but it is
more rock and it’s a little deeper.”
“My December” was the least successful of Clarkson’s CDs, selling over three million
copies and charting two low-played hits, “Never Again” and “Sober”. Kelly also cancelled
her dismal-selling concert tour in support of the CD and regrouped. In 2006, Kelly started
to take baby steps towards a country career and appeared on the 2006 American
Academy of Country Music Awards. She also appeared on the telecast again in 2007 and
continued her friendship with Reba McEntire. Clarkson performed with the country legend
on a CD of duets. That collaboration ultimately became the “2 Worlds, 2 Voices” Tour of
2008.
During this time, criticism of Kelly began to mount, particularly from her old “Idol”
champion, Simon Cowell, who appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show and lambasted
Kelly for her career choices. Said Cowell, “I think she started to fight against what made
her successful. But she was always like that. As a person, I like her a lot. She dips in and
out. One minute she wants to make pop records and then, she doesn’t. I think she can
probably get away with it because she’s got a good voice. Nonetheless, you give Kelly
Clarkson a great song and she’ll have a hit.
During the promotion for “My December”, Clarkson sneered at critics who stated her
music had become too dark. She revealed to The Guardian, “My biggest song worldwide
is “Because of You” and …you may as well grab a knife. That song really is the most
depressing one I’ve ever written. I tried to get it on “Thankful” and was laughed at and
told I wasn’t a good writer. So then, I tried to get it on “Breakaway” and the label saw the
results, people responding to it, and allowed it to become a single. Then, took credit for
its success of course.”
In 2009, Kelly released, “All I Ever Wanted” and had a moderate hit with the girl-power
anthem, “My Life Would Suck Without You”. But again, she couldn’t capture the success
of her first two releases and gave herself yet another artistic pause by way of the VHI
show, “VH1 Divas”, where she performed alongside Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus and Adele.
2011 saw the return of the Kelly Clarkson fans love, the powerful, ballsy singer who takes
chances and truly believes in the work she’s doing and her impact on the industry. Her CD
“Stronger”, with tracks such as “Mr. Know-It-All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”,
as well as her newest release, “Dark Side” takes fans on Kelly’s journey to herself and the
peace she has finally made in her professional and personal lives. She also duetted with
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country superstar Jason Aldean for the hit song, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” for his album
“My Kinda Party”.
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One aspect of her life that Kelly has not been as forthcoming about has been her
romantic relationships. She writes about her feelings in song, but rarely names anyone
they are attributed to. What we do know about Clarkson’s personal life is that she doesn’t
like to kiss and tell (at least to a person’s face) and that she is true to the person she is
involved with for the duration of their relationship.
In the beginning of her career, Clarkson was reportedly linked to “Idol” runner-up Justin
Guarini. Their friendship further deepened when the two were contractually bound to the
box-office disaster, “From Justin to Kelly”, released in 2003. Shot in a mere five weeks,
the film was a musical/comedy that was meant to capitalize on the success of “Idol” and
resurrect the beach/musicals that were popular in the 1960s. Clarkson later said of the
debacle to Time Magazine, “I knew when I read the script it was going to be real, real
bad, but when I won, I signed that piece of paper and I could not get out of it. Two words,
contractually obligated.”
According to an interview Kelly did with MTV when the movie was released, she
explained, “(Justin and I) We’re like brother and sister. We only kissed once in the movie.
And we’ve done stage kisses and romance scenes and everything before, so it wasn’t
anything big.”
During the promotional tour for her “Thankful” CD, Kelly fell hard for singer/songwriter
Graham Colton, but the relationship ended six months later. Kelly revealed to the German
magazine Bravo, “I’m not sad really, because our relationship made me believe in love
again.” She was also linked in 2007 to Evanescence keyboardist, David Hodges. She
candidly revealed to Blender Magazine, “I didn’t even really like the guy. I’m mad at
myself for being so blind. Why would I pick someone like him to date? What’s wrong with
me? Maybe I had to go through that and learn more about myself, maybe that’s why I
don’t date much.”
In 2010, she was rumored to be linked to race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. In Sports
Illustrated, Clarkson discouraged rumors about the romance, stating, “We met last year
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at California Speedway for literally 2.2 seconds and we ran into each other at Daytona. I
said, ‘Hey boyfriend? What’s going on?’ He hadn’t heard of it.”
She also revealed in Blender Magazine, “I have made out with four boys, no wait, five? I
have major trust issues. I don’t make out with people. That’s a waste of my kisses and
time. And it’s so personal. I’m afraid of mouth herpes too.”
In mid 2011, she appeared on “The View” and revealed, “I’ve dated some cool guys, I’ve
never met anyone who I’m like, ‘I could spend the rest of my life with you.’ I come from a
small town so, like, everyone is married with children or about to have children. So it’s a
little hard when you go home and people are like, and that’s why people think I’m gay,
because they’re like, ‘Why aren’t you married?’ And I’m like, ‘It doesn’t happen for
everyone right off the bat.’ “
Following that interview, the New York Times reported on Clarkson for a story titled, “A
Pop Star Proud in her Own Skin” and brought up the gay question. Kelly revealed, “I have
a big gay following. If I were gay, I would probably have more luck in relationships!”
Today, she is finally happy for the first time in a long while, and Kelly admits its been hard
to write with a smile on her face. She has been linked to talent manager, Brandon
Blackstock, the son of her manager Narvel Blackstock and stepson of Reba McEntire.
Clarkson revealed to People, “It’s ruining my creativity. I’m writing all this happy stuff. I’m
trying to write a tough song and it is coming out like butterflies and rainbows. People used
to ask me, ‘Why are you single?’ and I would said, ‘It is not in my schedule’. I’m in a
relationship right now and I have time for it, I never used to. This writing problem is an
awesome problem to have.”
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After a roaring out-of-the-gate debut of “Stronger”, Kelly turned her attention to the
small screen. Not as an actress but as a mentor on the NBC talent show, “The Voice” in
2012. Clarkson was brought in, along with Miranda Lambert, to mentor the talent on
Team Blake (Shelton). Also asked to join the fold were Robin Thicke and Alanis Morisette
for Team Adam (Levine), Ne-Yo and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds for Team Cee-Lo
(Green) and finally, Lionel Richie and Jewel for Team Christina (Aguliera).
On the show, Clarkson lent her critical ear to the contestants as they prepped for their
next performances. Said NBC’s Paul Telegdy of the show’s shift in format, “These
renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams.
They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset
to Christina Aguliera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s artists.”
No sooner was her stint on “The Voice” over, that Kelly was paired up again with Robin
Thicke, as well as Jennifer Nettles and John Legend to work with up-and-coming on the
ABC summer series, “Duets”.
The premise of the show is that the singers look for undiscovered talent that needs to be
sharpened and in the end, choose two partners to sing duets with. Every week, the singer
and their partners perform in front of a live audience. The winning overall ameteur will
receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Said Kelly to Billboard.com, “What drew me to the two artists I selected were the raw
talent factor and the tone. I have been approached to do a talent show before and have
said no. (ABC) approached me at an awards show and they sold it to me as an awards
show. What that means is to me is, the best parts of (awards shows) are collaborations,
like when I performed with Jason Aldean on the Grammys. That doesn’t happen a lot.
When Tim McGraw and Nelly did that song together and you’re like ‘whhaaat?’ and
somehow it worked. I think those are the best parts of the shows and I love that they
have based a whole show on that, the collaborative process.”
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“One of the reasons that I don’t really like L.A. was that I chose a really bad crowd. Like,
when I was out there, I was with a really loser guy in that whole kind of situation. I didn’t
pick very [sic] good. So I think on the whole, it wasn’t a healthy situation. Do you ever
look back and go, ‘Why did I date you?’ “ Kelly to MTV News on being a Los Angeles
Celebrity.
“I love a feisty song. I like to be sassy, so that’s usually a break-up song. They’re like in-
your-face, so I like that.” Kelly to MTV News about her favorite kind of song to write and
sing.
“I’m convinced that I’ve scared all men off. I’ve dated a lot of musicians and they write
about relationships in the same way I do, so I don’t think it’s abnormal!” Kelly to MTV
News on her dating life before her current relationship.
“I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not
support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights,
white/black/purple/orange rights. I liked Ron Paul because he believed in less government
and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out
of all the Republican nominees, he was my favorite. Man my eyes have been opened to
so much hate tonight. If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the
need to attack me.” Kelly on her official website Kellyclarkson.com regarding comments
she made about Ron Paul on Twitter.
“It’s unbelievably hard being yourself in this industry. And not even in a sense of being
negative on anyone, just in a sense of I think people get nervous about things I don’t get
nervous about. I’m not nervous when I come out with a record thinking, ‘Oh how is it
going to amount up to others?’ I never get nervous like that. I’m not nervous when I go
into the studio thinking, ‘Oh well, is this potentially radio-friendly? Is it not mainstream
enough?’ I don’t really do that. I just have a good time.” Kelly to Oprah.com about being
true to yourself.
“I’m trying to hone in on my inner Tina Turner. I wish I could hone in on her freaking legs,
that would be even better!” Kelly to Rolling Stone about trying to be sexy.
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Her “Idol” reign was the shortest in the show’s history. While other winners have held
the title for a year, Kelly was about six months so the show could capitalize on its
popularity and begin a new show the following spring.
Reba McEntire, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are her favorite singers. Now that she’s
dating Reba’s stepson, who knows if she may be calling her “mama” in the future!
She has been quoted as saying that her favorite phrase is, “God never gives you more
than you can handle.”
Watching the classic film “Jaws” changed Kelly’s mind real quick about her plans to be
a marine biologist.
She wrote her hit song, “Because of You” at the age of 16 as a way of dealing with the
painful breakup of her parent’s marriage.
For Christmas of 2010, Kelly received a pet goat named Bill Joel.
Kelly stayed up all night before her American Idol audition so she wouldn’t sleep
through her alarm.
Her first single, “A Moment Like This” song 250,000 copies its first week!
Christina Aguliera co-wrote her hit song, “Miss Independent”.
She has described herself as a, “ballsy, Texan, sarcastic a**hole.”
Kelly also stated, “I come from a very hardcore, sarcastic family and if you can’t hold
your ground you need to shut up.”
Most of the people in her band have been with her since her first days after winning
“American Idol”.
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Kelly is most grateful for her career. She stated, “I know that sounds weird, it should
be family, right? But I love what I do and I know there are a lot of talented people who
can do what I do. I guess I just feel fortunate that I get to do it.”
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From a small-town girl who lost everything in a fire to a woman to has faced her fears
and realized all her hopes and dreams, Kelly Clarkson is an inspiration to those who
believe in the power of themselves. From the moment she won “Idol”, Kelly made a
promise to always be authentic and even when her choices were frowned upon, she
never backed down and stood up for what she believed in; her music. She never attained
to be a cookie-cutter pop star and to this day, will tell it like it is when she is forced to
conform. Said Kelly to Comcast.net, “Sometimes I go to award shows and pop stars are
wearing alien costumes. That is cool for you, but ain’t no way in hell someone is going to
convince me. That is not my thing. I don’t like wearing the stiletto stuff. I am not a model
and I am not Beyonce.”
What she is, is one of the biggest stars on the planet, but deep down, a Southern girl at
heart. Said Kelly to Oprah.com, “Some of my closest friends are the people in my band.
On the road, we play board games and we have everyone’s families out on the road at
different times. We’ve all watched everyone’s kids in the band grow up. We are not very
rock and roll though. We always laugh about that. We go out probably once or twice on a
big tour, we’ll go out and drink and have a good time, but for the normal, everyday thing,
we’re all computer nerds, we’re all bookworms, we’re pretty low-key.”
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The New York Times,Kelly Clarkson, The role model next door
New York Times, Kelly Clarkson at Radio City Music Hall review
The Wall Street Journal, Kelly Clarkson's Ron Paul endorsement draws fire on Twitter
ABC's Duets, About the show
Kellyclarkson.com, Full biography
Billboard.com, Kelly Clarkson to premiere Dark Side at awards show
Rollingstone.com. Kelly Clarkson biography
Rollingstone.com, Kelly Clarkson rocks out
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Rollingstone.com, Will "Idol" winner be a star?
Huffingtonpost.com, Kelly Clarkson body weight at billboard awards
Oprah.com, Kelly Clarkson Interview
Guardian.co.uk, Kelly Clarkson, stronger American Idol
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