about kelly clarkson
The winner of Fox TV's first American
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
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.
Clarkson released My
the studio follow-up to Breakaway,
in 2007. Notable as Clarkson's first foray into songwriting, My
a darker, more rock-oriented edge than its predecessor and even featured a
guest appearance by punk icon bassist Mike
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
its way to platinum status by the year's end.
Kelly 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 began 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