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Kelly Clarkson

Rock, Pop, American Idol Finalists & Winners, Television Personality, Grammy Award Winner, Songwriter, Female, 2000s, 2010s 

Kelly Clarkson 540-636-1640Kelly Clarkson has joined some impressive company in the world of female Top   40 radio. She is one of only three females to simultaneously place two    singles as a lead artist in the top five of the Mainstream Top 40 chart.   

To date, ‘Breakaway’ is one of the Top 5 best-selling albums of 2005.   She can currently be seen in the ongoing “Got Milk” ad campaign and   recently appeared on "Saturday Night Live" during the February sweeps as   both musical performer and actor.

Thankfully, Kelly Clarkson's childhood dream to be a marine biologist    did not come true and instead in September 2002 she became a household   name when her soulful voice captured the hearts and minds of the United   States of America and she was voted the "American Idol".

Kelly Clarkson 540-636-1640The twenty year old from Texas performed live every week for ten weeks   to an audience of 25 million on America's biggest ever TV show, despite   never having had a professional singing lesson, and received 57% of the   vote in the final head to head. In fact her singing voice was to her,   such a natural and normal part of her life, it didn't strike her that   she had something so special. In fact the enormity and beauty of her  voice was recognized quite by accident.

At 13 years old, a late bloomer by choral standards, Kelly was singing   to herself in the corridor at Pauline Hughes Middle School in Burleson,   Texas, when a teacher asked her to consider joining the choir. "Nobody   really realized I had a talent until I got in there. My teacher really   pushed me since I was behind everyone else who had been doing it since   4th grade. From there on, I had a niche."

Her classical training through the choir was, as she describes it,  "fundamental to me being able to use my voice and adapt it to different    styles of music". She developed quickly and before long was wooing   audiences in State and regional competitions, whilst earning a living as    a waitress, pharmacy assistant, at the movie theatre and even at the   zoo!

It was a strange twist of fate that really put Kelly on the path to   music though. Having moved to Los Angeles after graduation, she began   sending out her demo tape and trying get into the music industry.   However this came to an abrupt end when her apartment burned down   leaving her nearly destitute. The young singer headed on a 24-hour drive    home with nothing.

It was her best friend, Jessica who was determined for Kelly not to give   up and suggested she tried out for "American Idol". Kelly knew nothing   about it. "I went and tried out for fun and here I am!"

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