Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, author, songwriter, and actor. She sprung into the headlines when she won the first season of American Idol.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 24, 1982, to Stephen Michael Clarkson and Jeanne Ann, Kelly has two other siblings, Jason and Alyssa.
She went to Pauline Hughes Middle School and Burleson High School. In both these institutions, Clarkson was actively involved in the choir as well as many musicals.
That she was talented was apparent to most of the people in her life. She received scholarships to attend the University of North Texas, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. However, she chose to pursue a career in music rather than an education.
In 2012, Kelly was rumored to have been dating Brandon Blackstock. The two married in Tennessee in 2013. She became a stepmother to Brandon’s children from his first marriage. The two also had a daughter in 2014 and a son in 2016.
Kelly auditioned for and won the first season of American Idol in 2002. She signed a record deal with RCA records soon after winning and released the single, “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This,” which eventually became the best selling single that year in the US.
In 2003, she released Thankful, her debut album, which was both a critical and commercial success. The lead single from the album, “Miss Independent,” became her first international hit. It was released as a video album in the same year.
Her second album, Breakaway, released in 2004, was an even bigger success than her first.
Clarkson’s second video album, Behind Hazel Eyes, was released in 2005. In the same year, she also made an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
In 2007, she released My December, her third studio album, which was not as mainstream as the previous two. Hence, she had disputes with her recording company. The album sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Kelly collaborated with Reba McEntire for a special program in Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
2009 saw the release of All I Ever Wanted that contained her hit single, “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
Her fifth album, Stronger, had a more country music vibe and was released in 2011.
In 2012, Kelly released her first Greatest Hits album, titled Greatest Hits – Chapter One.
In 2013, she performed at the second inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.
Her sixth studio album, Wrapped in Red, earned her the top spot on the Billboard Holiday Album Chart in 2013.
In 2015, she released her final album called Piece by Piece, which debuted at the number one spot on Billboard 200 chart.
In 2016, Clarkson signed a book deal with HarperCollins and released her first children’s book, called, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby.
In the same year, she signed a deal with Atlantic Records and released her new album, Meaning of Life, in 2017.
Awards and Achievements
Clarkson has won 3 Grammy Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music Awards and 4 American Music Awards.
Net Worth & Salary of Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson has a net worth of $50 million. Most of her revenue comes from her albums that have been certified platinum by the RCA.
Clarkson is one of the most talented musicians that American Idol has produced. The incredible success of her albums is a testament to her beautiful voice and her capability to attract and retain the interest of her audiences.