Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson


4/24/1982, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Kelly Brianne Clarkson


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Kelly Clarkson, winner of American Idol's first season.

Born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Kelly grew-up with standard ambitions of serving the humanity. She desired to be Marine Biologist until she saw the movie Jaws. When she joined the school choir, at the age of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kelly's daughter, River Rose Blackstock was born on June 12, 2014.

      Kelly recorded most of her seventh album 'Piece By Piece' while she was pregnant.

    • As of December 2012, Kelly is engaged to her friend Reba McEntire's stepson, talent manager Brandon Blackstock. They started dating in February of the same year.

    • Kelly was one of the mentors/judges on the new ABC reality show, 'Duets'. She was a mentor along side Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, John Legend and Robin Thicke.

    • Kelly was an adviser for "Team Blake" on the second season of NBC's The Voice.

    • Since early 2012 Kelly has been dating Reba McEntire's step-son Brandon Blackstock who happens to be the manger of Kelly's good friend Blake Shelton

    • Kelly has had a total of three #1's on the Billboard Hot 100 with "A Moment Like This", "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"

    • Kelly sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis, IN.

    • Kelly sang the "Star Spangled Banner" along with Seal at the 2011 Indy 500. They were accompanied by David Foster on piano.

      Kelly also performed the National Anthem during game four of the 2011 NBA Finals in Dallas.

    • For Christmas 2010, Kelly got a pet goat named Billy Joel.

    • On June 6th, 2010 Kelly was a guest performer for the ABC speical America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre. The speical aired on July 2nd, 2010. She sang Everybody Got Their Something and received great applause from the President & First Lady Obama.

    • Kelly recently got a Malteste, named Security.

    • Kelly's favorite sports teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Boston Celtics, & the Boston Red Sox.

    • Despite being on American Idol four years apart, Kelly is good friends with season 5 favorite, Chris Daughtry.

    • On May 30th, 2010, Kelly joined Daughtry at their Nashville show for the Leave This Town tour. Kelly & Chris did a duet cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car".

    • When Kelly recorded If I Can't Have You, she was told to sing it 'sexy.' She didn't want anyone to see her attempting to be sexy so she turned off all the lights in the studio while recording the song.

    • Kelly and her family are starting up a non-profit organization called "Eddie's Rescue Ranch", adopting animals from harm.

    • On April 16th, 2009 Kelly sang the National Anthem at the first regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium.

    • Kelly has been announced as one of the VH1's "Save the Music" Foundation ambassadors for 2009–2010.

    • Kelly is good friends with her former back up singers Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier. They often write songs together.

    • Kelly's fifth studio album, Stronger was released on October 24th, 2011.

    • On March 2nd, 2009 Kelly won the Women's World Award for World Entertainment.

    • During Kelly's October 31st, 2009 concert in St. Charles, MO, when she came back for the encore she was dressed up in a Stewie from "Family Guy" costume".

    • On September 17th, 2009, Kelly was a part of the return of "VH1 Divas". Along side with Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Adele, Leona Lewis, and Miley Cyrus with host Paula Abdul. Kelly sang her hit single "Already Gone" and also sang Melissa Etheridge's "Bring Me Some Water" with Etheridge.

    • Kelly has said if she had to choose her favorite American Idol winner since her season, it would have to be Carrie Underwood. She has also said she would love to sing a duet with Carrie.

    • Kelly is the only American Idol winner and contestant to have three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and two of them not to be related to American Idol. She is also the first American Idol alum to have two albums peak at #1.

    • In January 2009 Kelly broke the Billboard Hot 100 record for a songs biggest leap to number one with her hit "My Life Would Suck Without You" which jumped from #97 all the way to #1 in just one week. This was the second time in her career she had done this. She first broke the record back in 2002 with her American Idol winning single "A Moment Like This" and she held that record till 2007.

    • Kelly performed her hit "My Life Would Suck Without You" at the 2009 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, Canada.

    • In 2008 Kelly co-headlined the "2 World's 2 Voices" Tour with her idol, Reba McEntire.

    • Kelly's celebrity crushes are on Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

    • Kelly's "boyfriend" in the "My Life Would Suck Without You" video's name is Houston Rhines.

    • Kelly performed her single "I Do Not Hook Up" on the results show of "So You Think You Can Dance" on July 2nd, 2009.

    • Kelly's fourth album "All I Ever Wanted" was released on March 10th, 2009 and peaked at number 1.

    • Kelly has twelve tattoos: A cross, outline of Texas, snowflake, sunflower, heart/kite, moon, four leaf clover, the saying "Love Them More", a Japanese konji character meaning "blessed," a puzzle piece which indicates that she is a puzzle with a piece being taken out to reveal what is beneath -- a yellow brick road leading into a tornado, apparently to signify the path she is on. She has said that she won't go into the story behind why she got the puzzle tattoo because we will "think she needs therapy", and her most recent on says "Thando" which means love in South Africa.

    • Kelly is a huge fan of the "Twilight" series.

    • Kelly's favorite beverage is water.

    • On April 19th, 2008 Kelly who's a Baptist was chosen to sing at the 2008 Papal Youth Rally in Yonkers, NY. At the rally she sang "Walk Away", "Up to the Mountain", and "Since U Been Gone. Towards the end of the rally she came back to the stage and had the privilege of singing "Ave Maria" in front of Pope Benedict the XVI.

    • Kelly has admitted to a number of unusual habits which include peeing in the shower and checking her tissues after using them, to gauge how sick she is.

    • Kelly guest-starred on "Reba" in 2006 as a weather girl in training. At the end of the episode, the cast did a spoof of American Idol, obviously for Kelly Clarkson.

    • Kelly performed at the Live Earth Concert in America. The songs performed include: Walk Away, How I Feel, Never Again, Sober and Since U Been Gone.

    • Each song on Kelly's third album My December was co-written or entirely written by Kelly herself.

    • Clarkson performed at Giants Stadium on July 7th, 2007 as part of the Live Earth concert.

    • Kelly's first single from "My December" is entitled Never Again.

    • Kelly is of Greek, German and Irish descent.

    • Kelly is mentioned in the Jonas Brothers' song Year 3000.

    • Singer Miley Cyrus is a big fan of Kelly.

    • Kelly Clarkson's name has been mentioned in two songs: The Jonas Brothers' remake of Busted's "Year 3000," and the remix of "You Know I'm No Good" by Amy Winehouse featuring Ghostface Killah.

    • During Kelly's "Addicted" tour, in Houston, Texas; Kelly allowed three fans to come onstage with her and she gave them each a hug.

    • She has one older brother: Jason (b. 1973) and one older sister: Alyssa (b. 1976).

    • When Kelly Clarkson was in high school she was going to join the band and play the drums. But the choir teacher heard her singing in the hallway and convinced her to join. Kelly stuck with it and liked it.

    • One of Kelly's favorite snacks happens to be frozen grapes.

    • In 2006 Kelly was been chosen to be a model for Vitamin Water. At first, they declined letting her be one saying she had to lose weight. She didn't lose weight and they did let her be a model for Vitamin Water.

    • Kelly attened a Rock Concert and was spotted in the audience by one of the Band Members. She was brought onstage and she got very drunk. However, she is okay now.

    • Kelly was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for her song, Because Of You. She was nominated for "Best Female Video" and "Viewer's Choice Award."

    • Kelly won "Best Female Video" award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for her song, Because Of You.

    • After changing her hair back to brunette in 2006, a year later in 2007 she changed it back blonde.

    • Kelly attended the May 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards. She was wearing a vintage Travilla dress. Later on, she happened to perform.

    • Kelly wrote and sang a song called, 'Go,' which was played in the background of the Ford commercial she was in. The Ford Commercial was advertising their new slogan, Bold Moves.

    • Kelly's favorite thing to eat on the road is a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

    • Kelly's 2 really great girlfriends are Mary and Jessica.

    • Kelly would describe herself as a tomboy.

    • Kelly hates photoshoots. She doesn't like wearing all the fancy clothing. She'd rather just put on some jeans, a cute tank top and a hat and show up at the photoshoop looking like that.

    • Kelly recently appeared in a Teen People Magazine under The Hottest 25 Stars Under 25. Kelly was labeled as a 'Hot Future Legend.'

    • Kelly was mentioned in the movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, during the scene in which Steve Carrell's character gets his chest waxed and starts screaming curse words.

    • Kelly says she thinks it is strange that she has a lot of singing talent when no one in her family had any singing talent at all.

    • Kelly broke up with her boyfriend, Graham Colton, on February 7th, 2006, because they were both too busy for a relationship.

    • Kelly appeared in a Ford Commercial advertising their new slogan "Bold Moves."

    • Kelly has won the award for strongest voice from the TV Choice awards.

    • Kelly was mentioned in the Hannah Montana episode, It's My Party And I'll Lie If I Want To.

    • Kelly has just launched her next tour, The 'Addicted' Tour. She will be touring in the US again.

    • Kelly's dream meeting is to be with Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott.

    • Kelly is in the process of writing her own Broadway musical.

    • Kelly was once chased by a moose while riding a bike.

    • Kelly loves Orange Flurries from Sonic!

    • Kelly's favorite actor on the TV show Friends is Matthew Perry. In an interview, she was asked what type of guy she liked and she said someone like Matthew Perry's character on Friends.

    • Kelly sang at many of her high school talent shows. She sang covers of everything from Mariah Carey to Sheryl Crow to Aretha Franklin.

    • Kelly has ten dogs (among them are Simon, Marvin and Emma), ten horses, and one cat.

    • Kelly signed on with March of Dimes as their Team Youth Celebrity Ambassador.

    • Kelly has won a Billboard award and has been nominated for an AMA award for Favorite New Artist.

    • Kelly doesn't smoke and hates to be around people who are smoking.

    • Kelly was in a movie called "Issues 101."

    • Kelly Clarkson auditioned for Popstars on the WB.

    • Kelly's "boyfriend" in the "Before Your Love" video's name is Rocky Wade. Kelly picked him out of different video interviews.

    • Kelly's stepfather Jimmy Taylor is a building contractor.

    • Kelly once dressed up as a cow for a Halloween costume contest and won!

    • Kelly is "obsessed" with even numbers. Everything has to be even for her.

    • Kelly usually asks for water, cottage cheese, and cantaloupe when she's on tour.

    • Kelly Clarkson loves the football team, The Dallas Cowboys!

    • Kelly has a nephew named Noah and two nieces named Isabella and Lainey.

    • Every year for Kelly's birthday she has a red velvet cake! And, Kelly's favorite desert is a red velvet cake!

    • Kelly likes to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch, Thrift Stores and random boutiques.

    • Kelly's Dad, Steve, is a car salesman.

    • Kelly wrote the song "Baby Blue Eyes" for an unrequited love.

    • Kelly carries the Bible with her everywhere she goes.

    • Kelly was Burleson High School's student body treasurer.

    • Kelly was in a "Candies" ad with Jenny McCarthy.

    • Kelly had a hard time spotting her mom in the audience during the "American Idol" finale, and when she finally made eye contact with her during her final song, she couldn't help but cry!

    • Kelly is a Music Junkie. She can sing along to any song that comes on the radio.

    • April 15th, 2006, marks the 3rd year anniversary of the release of Kelly's debut album, "Thankful". Kelly's first album made quite a wave in the music industry and throughout the world. Not only did "Thankful" debut in the #1 position on the May 3, 2003 Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, but it was certified Platinum by the RIAA in just five weeks (soon to be followed by multi-platinum certifications by the RIAA, as well as certifications in several other countries).

    • According to the Billboard Chart, Kelly's "Breakaway" CD has now sold over five million copies (officially 5,000,776). This not only certifies her album as five times Platinum, but marks the halfway mark to a DIAMOND album!

    • John Shanks helped Kelly write songs for "Breakaway" and he played a few instruments on the CD too!

    • In addition to being a talented and accomplished vocalist, Kelly also writes screenplays! While auditioning for American Idol, she had a couple of scripts floating around Hollywood.

    • Kelly's all time favorite TV show is "Designing Women". Kelly mostly likes Dixie Carter on the show. Her mom would even call her 'Little Dixie' because of her temper.

    • Kelly's favorite performers are Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) & Gwen Stefani (No Doubt).

    • Kelly's brother used to live Alaska now lives on Kelly's ranch in Texas

    • Kelly is in the process of starting a charity toward education.

    • Kelly no longer has her belly button ring and nose stud. She still has 13 tattoos.

    • Kelly's most remembered catch phrases are "Cool beans", "Right on", and "Ducka ducka ducka".

    • On the American Idol 2 Finale, Clive Davis made a SPECIAL appearance to present a platinum record to Kelly Clarkson for selling 1,300,000 copies of her album Thankful. She didn't even know about it. Kelly's respond was, I can't believe you guys pulled one on me, I didn't know.

    • Kelly's pet peeve is when people dress their animals in clothing.

    • Kelly and her friends say "Ducka Ducka Ducka" whenever they don't know what to say. They got it from the movie Austin Powers.

    • Kelly was given a cross necklace from her mom, which she keeps with her everywhere she goes.

    • Kelly and her friends like to go the lake, camping and on road trips.

    • Kelly's Dallas audition was #1 of the shows (American Idol's) TOP 5 best auditions!

    • Kelly played volleyball, basketball and soccer in school.

    • Kelly buys and drinks 2% milk.

    • Kelly wears a retainer.

    • For performing at Z100's Jingle Ball this year, Kelly received a gift bag filled with jewelry, clothing, Glow by J.Lo, Steve Madden shoes, a one-year membership to Crunch fitness and Johnson & Johnson Reach Whitening Floss.

    • Kelly got bruised while shooting the music video for "Behind These Hazel Eyes."

    • Kelly used to drive a 1998 Burnt Orange Ford Explorer.

    • Kelly's friend paid for her demos, but she couldn't afford pictures so she kept getting turned down.

    • When Kelly and her friends want to have fun, they make stupid, funny videos going to all different places.

    • Kelly appeared in the April 2006 Issue of CosmoGirl, in the Netherlands and also on the cover.

    • Her natural hair color is blonde but recently dyed brown at age 12.

    • Kelly's birthday is April 24th, 1982.

    • Kelly (along with the other Top 10 Finalists of "American Idol") received a bracelet inscribed with "Own the Power" on it from Paula Abdul.

    • Kelly's favorite brand of hair products is "Bed Head".

    • Kelly usually doesn't wear shoes during her tour performances.

    • Kelly's favorite hair accessories are bobbypins.

    • Kelly has a Jeep Wrangler with KC lights.

    • Kelly signed on with Acuvue contacts to help them with their self-esteem campaign.


    • In five years, Kelly hopes to be finishing up her third album and touring, maybe doing some Broadway after that, writing and producing for herself or other artists.

    • Kelly has 3 siblings. She has 1 blood brother and 1 blood sister who lives on the same land as her in Texas, 2 half brothers in California. Out of her full-blood siblings, Kelly is the youngest.

    • Kelly's "Independent" Tour with Clay made over $11,277,000 in ticket sales and sold out numerous shows.

    • One of Kelly's nicknames is "Smelly Kelly."

    • Kelly played the lead, Fiona, in her high school musical production of Brigadoon.

    • Kelly would describe herself as spontaneous, outspoken and loves variety.

    • The top that Kelly wore to her Dallas American Idol audition was once a pair of jeans.

    • One of Kelly's favorite sayings is, "Cool Beans!"

    • Kelly was given the key to the city of Burleson, Texas by Mayor Byron Black; a proclamation for Kelly Clarkson Day; certificate of congratulations from the Governor Rick Perry; a certificate of character from Pastor Mike Chappell and the Burleson Ministerial Alliance; honorary membership in the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Chamber Ambassadors; and the presentation of a $2,500 check for the Kelly Clarkson Scholarship at Burleson High School, courtesy of the Burleson Star/Star Group of newspapers. BISD Supt. Mark Jackson also presented Kelly with a framed American Idol photograph after inducting her into the BISD Hall of Fame.

    • If Kelly could whisper one thing to all her fans it would be 'thank you'.

    • Kelly and her friends would record songs in "Kelly's Recording Studio" aka her closet.

    • Besides being a hygiene freak, Kelly is also a self-proclaimed hat freak. Being a hygeine freak, Kelly will not use porta potties.

    • Kelly's favorite Holiday cartoon is "Scrooge".

    • Fun Fact: Kelly is a night person.

    • Kelly's favorite pig-out food is Chili's chips & salsa with ranch dressing.

    • Kelly's favorite way to relax is by taking a bubble bath and listening to Jimi Hendrix.

    • Kelly's first grade teacher was Mrs. Matthews.

    • Kelly now drives a very nice Cadillac XLR.

    • Kelly's first time being onstage was when dancing to "When Doves Cry" by Prince.

    • Kelly's favorite talk-show is Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

    • At the Kelly Clarkson Day festival, the Burleson High School Choir sang Carly Simon's song "Let the River Run," as a special tribute to Kelly that moved her to tears!

    • Kelly lives by the motto, God will never give you more than you can handle, so why stress? She says she does her best not to get overwhelmed by her hectic schedule by just taking one day at a time because she doesn't like to stress herself out.

    • Kelly's favorite thing to do when not performing is to watch movies, play boardgames, and pig out!

    • Kelly's mom Jeanne is a first grade teacher at an elementary school.

    • One of Kelly's favorite movies is "The Goonies."

    • Kelly does NOT Lip Sync and she DOES write her own songs.

    • Kelly's must-have beauty item is M.A.C. lipgloss.

    • Kelly's favorite food is Frozen Ding Dongs.

    • Kelly was nominated for Best Female Singer at the 2006 Kid's Choice Awards that premiered on April 1st, 2006. She also happened to WIN the award!

    • Kelly's favorite color is Cobalt Blue.

    • Kelly's favorite band is The Toadies.

    • Kelly says that to her, the most meaningful song off of her album, Thankful is Thankful.

    • Kelly says that her favorite song off of her album, Thankful is You Thought Wrong.

    • Kelly's favorite perfume is Tiffany.

    • Kelly's favorite drinks are Orange Flurries and Water.

    • Kelly's favorite music is Soul.

    • Kelly says she doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions. She feels that they are just setting her up to fail.

    • Kelly says that her song Addicted is her favorite song off of her record, Breakaway.

    • When Kelly Clarkson sang her final song on American Idol which was A Moment Like This, she cried while singing the song.

    • Kelly Clarkson's older brother, Jason, was one of the boys in Kelly's video, Walk Away. He was the boy that was dancing in the bathroom.

    • Kelly Clarkson's favorite song is Against All Odds by Phil Collins.

    • Kelly had to cancel her show in Israel. Kelly is citing a worsening throat infection that had already forced the cancellation of a recent concert in Paris, Clarkson's Israeli representatives apologized on her behalf and assured fans they would receive full refunds for tickets to the two shows, which had been scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday at Tel Aviv's Hangar 11.

    • MTV Asia Pacific has announced that Kelly Clarkson and Wang Leehom will host the fifth annual MTV Asia Awards 2006 in Bangkok on May 6th.

    • Kelly Clarkson performed at The Echo Awards in Germany on March 12th 2006. She performed with the song Because of You.

    • Kelly Clarkson won the Countdown Killer Award at The TRL Awards in the February of 2006.

    • Kelly Clarkson lives by the beach and takes every opportunity she can to take a long run on the beach to clear her head and get some exercise.

    • Kelly's video for her new single Walk Away premiered on TRL on Tuesday March 7th 2006.

    • Kelly Clarkson has vowed never to travel by ferry after experiencing severe sea-sickness during a crossing from Britain to Ireland. She was travelling to capital city Dublin when she was struck down with extreme nausea.

    • Kelly's first single, A Moment Like This, set records by jumping from number 52 to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100.

    • Kelly has installed a mini studio in her touring bus, saying she feels most inspired while driving.

    • Kelly Clarkson used to date Graham Colton who toured with her on her Breakaway Tour and her Behind These Hazel Eyes Tour. They recently split up because Kelly has been touring all over the place and Graham is always in the studio so they never saw much of each other. Kelly says that the relationship made her believe in love again and that they might get back together in the future.

    • Kelly suffered from an eating disorder before she found her fame on American Idol. However, she snapped out of it really quickly unlike many celebs. Kelly said her eating disorder only lasted for six months.

    • Kelly has got a nomination in the 2006's JUNO Awards, Canada's most popular Music Awards ceremony. Kelly is nominated for International Album of the Year Award on Breakaway, alongside Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent and the Black Eyes Peas.

    • Kelly co-wrote Miss Independent with the famous pop singer, Christina Aguilera.

    • Kelly Clarkson wants to sing a duet with The Black Eyed Peas. She also wants to record a song with Chris Brown, who she likes.

    • Kelly Clarkson is currently working on her third album.

    • Kelly's sophomore record "Breakaway" has sold over 5 Million copies, making it the #3 best selling album of 2005.

    • Kelly's song Because Of You was written about her parents' divorce. It reflects how Kelly doesn't want to make their mistakes, how she had to take care of herself, and how it affected her life.

    • Kelly's singles Since U Been Gone and Breakaway were awarded Platinum x4.

    • Kelly Clarkson and Barbra Streisand were born on the same date: April 24. Kelly in 1982 and Barbra in 1941.

    • Kelly Clarkson's astrology sign is a Taurus, April 20th-May 20th. Taurus's are extremely faithful, with a strong need for security and a settled routine. Although they are very earthy, they can also be highly romantic and sensitive when it comes to love.

    • Kelly's Chinese Astrology sign is Dog. These people are loyal and honest, and can make wonderful friends.

    • Kelly won 2 grammys in 2006. One was for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for Since U Been Gone) and the other was for Best Pop Vocal Album (for Breakaway). Her competition included Gwen Stefani, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, and Mariah Carey.

    • Kelly has covered the song Just Missed The Train (in her album Thankful), originally by Danielle Brisebois. The song was covered also by Carly Hennessy, and by Trine Rein.

    • She starred in From Justin to Kelly with the second place winner of season 1, Justin G.

    • Kelly's singles from album Breakaway:

      1 Breakaway.
      2 Since U Been Gone.
      3 Behind These Hazel Eyes.
      4 Because Of You.
      5 Walk Away.

    • Kelly Clarkson has a sweet tooth! She loves anything that is chocolate with a cream filling, like Hostess Ding Dongs or Drake's Ring Dings. Kelly also loves Cookie Dough. She believes that it is good to indulge in treats that make you feel like a kid.

    • Kelly performed her hit song "Since U Been Gone" at the 2005 MTV Music Awards in Miami.

    • Kelly Clarkson won 2 awards in the American Music Awards that was held on November 23, 2005, in Los Angeles: She was named Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and was awarded the T-Mobile Text-In Award, a prize given to her by Internet and text-messages votes.

    • Kelly Clarkson's natural hair color is blonde.

    • Kelly supports ONE, The Campaign to make Poverty History.

    • Kelly performed with Ray LaMontagne's song Shelter in the MTV's ReAct Now, Hurricane Benefit show.

    • Before American Idol, Kelly worked in some odd jobs, such as a Red Bull promo girl, and a Telemarketer.

    • Kelly was nominated to Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single Miss Independent in the Grammy Awards of 2004.

    • Kelly's song A Moment Like This was the Best Selling Single Of The Year (2002) in the Billboard Music Awards.

    • As a child, Kelly's favorite thing to wear was a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt.

    • Kelly Clarkson's song The Trouble With Love Is was featured in the soundtrack of the movie Love Actually in the year 2003.

    • Kelly Clarkson's song Breakaway was featured in the soundtrack of the movie The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in the year 2004.

    • Kelly once said that if she couldn't sing, she would play the guitar: "I just think it's the coolest instrument".

    • Kelly Clarkson's first suggestions to her first album's name: "Mood Swings", "Running Late" or "Sleeping In". Its name was finally "Thankful".

    • Kelly sang these songs in American Idol 1st season (from last to first):
      1. A Moment Like This
      2. Think Twice
      3. Don't Play That Song
      4. Natural Woman
      5. You're All I Need
      6. Respect
      7. Stuff Like That There
      8. Walk On By
      9. It's Raining Men
      10. I Surrender
      11. Without You
      12. Respect
      13. Before Your Love

    • Kelly's best friend, Jessica, didn't want to let her give up and suggested she try out for American Idol. Kelly didn't even know it was a TV show until around the top 24.

    • After graduation Kelly moved to Los Angeles, and started sending out her demo tape in order to get into the music industry. When her apartment burned down, she was forced to return home with nothing.

    • While Kelly was still in school, she began competing in state and regional singing competitions and amazed audiences with her talent.

    • When Kelly was 13, she once was singing to herself in the corridor at her school, and a teacher who heard her, asked her to consider joining the choir. It was the first time her singing talent was recognized.

    • Kelly Clarkson is one of the most popular singers in the US and in the world, concerning that before American Idol, she never had a professional singing lesson.

    • Kelly Clarkson was the winner of the first season of American Idol, in September 2002. She won 58% of the vote landing her the one million dollar contract.

    • Although A Moment Like This was released as Kelly's first single for radio play and retail sales, Before Your Love was Kelly's first video.

    • Clarkson's audition number on American Idol was 2311.

    • Hits include: "A Moment Like This" "Miss Independent" "Low" "Breakaway" "Since U Been Gone" "Behind These Hazel Eyes" "Because Of You" "Walk Away" "Never Again" "Because Of You" (duet with Reba McEntire) "My Life Would Suck Without You" "I Do Not Hook Up" "Already Gone", "Don't You Wanna Stay" (duet with Jason Aldean), "Mr. Know It All", "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)"

    • Kelly is in the December 2005/January 2006 issue of Teen People with Ashlee and Jessica Simpson on the cover. She is one of the Artists of the Year.

    • She is of Greek, Irish, and Welsh descent.

    • In January 2004, Kelly participated in the first World Idol. She won the second place, after Norway's Idol, Kurt Nilsen.

    • She has an older brother named Jason and an older sister named Alyssa.

    • She beat out more than 10,000 people to land a $1 million recording contract on the first season of American Idol.

    • Kelly's parents are Jeanne Taylor and Steve Clarkson. They divorced when she was 6. Jeanne married Jimmy Taylor who became Kelly's step father.

    • She was an extra on the show Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and on That 80's Show.

    • Kelly wanted to be a Marine Biologist but she changed her mind after she watched the movie, Jaws.

    • She is 5'3 and 1/2.

  • Quotes

    • Kelly: I feel it's my obligation to not always look perfect! Even on Idol, I never wore make-up unless I was on stage.

    • Kelly Clarkson: (revealing her thoughts on motherhood) Oh, my God, I have no desire to be a parent at the moment. I would not be a good mother. I mean, I love being an aunt to my niece and nephew. And I used to want to adopt about 10 kids - because I had friends who were adopted, and I thought that was the coolest thing, to be chosen. But my job is just too selfish.

    • Kelly Clarkson: If I wasn't a singer, I'd be broke, because I have no other talent.

    • Kelly Clarkson: I feel very fortunate coming from American Idol. I was the biggest girl in the group. I've always been thicker and millions of people voted for me. People are born all different shapes and sizes. People like me this way.

    • Kelly: I want to be the soccer mom. I want to do the whole thing....I want, like, ten kids. Just not anytime soon. I'm not ready!

    • Kelly: I am a very happy person. I want to get that message out there. But for some reason, I write the most depressing songs!

    • Kelly: I never do parties. I never do the celebrity party thing.

    • Kelly: (on reports of a feud between herself and her record label over her album "My December") I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family. Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it's respect and admiration that will keep us together.

    • Kelly: People think that a relationship can be perfect, but it's not true. You're going to have bad days and ups and downs.

    • Kelly: Probably my favorite track on the whole album, just because it's the sexiest song I've ever written in my life, is "Addicted." I love it. Everyone's been there — I wrote this song about someone that you loved but it was almost a little bit like an obsession. You were just like, "I don't really love them," but you were just obsessed with them 'cause you had nothing else to do. Everybody does that at one point in your life. It's totally about that. It's like their drug, it's like you can't get away from them.

    • Kelly: I'm a hygiene freak. I am obsessively-compulsive when it comes to washing my hands.

    • Kelly: You need to establish yourself before you let someone else in. I am still finding myself.

    • Kelly: The message that goes through the whole album is actually a title of one of the songs called "Hear Me." I think everybody goes through that, and it's not just because I'm in the industry. Everybody goes through that at a point in their life, especially when you're young and you just wanna be heard. You want everybody to just be quiet around you and just listen just for once. And that's kind of the album. Would somebody please stop and listen instead of just passing by and having me smile all the time. Obviously there's a lot of different kind of feelings and variety on the album as well, but that's probably the major thing that I just had to get out with the lyrics.

    • Kelly: It is so much fun to perform. Like I've had so much fun on this past tour, but we still like if you come and see us on tour. There's a whole blues section and there's some urban stuff in there as well. So it's kind of all over the place.

    • Kelly: Photo shoots are the least favorite part of my job. Photographers ask me if I want to look at pictures of myself and I'm like, 'Dude, why would I want to look at these photos? I'm not that vain.

    • Kelly: (On what she likes most about her own shows) The Bridge of 'Addicted.' It sounds like a scary part of a horror movie, when you know something bad is going to happen. The first part of it is real intense and then I just full-on belt it out. I live for that!

    • Kelly: I have 40 songs for my next record. I don't stop writing. There is one called 'Yeah.' It's very tour friendly and has an easy hook.

    • Kelly: I totally do not believe in back up plans. Like if you want something that bad, go for it.. I knew that performing was what I wanted to do. So I went for it, without a back up plan!

    • Kelly: I can wake up everyday before I die and know that I don't have to serve anyone food or drinks, I will be happy!

    • Kelly: If you're going to pressure me to do something, I'm going to do the opposite. So if you tell me to get skinny, I'm probably going to get fat just to piss you off.

    • Kelly: Like every other girl in the world, my most embarrassing moment had to with a guy completely turning me down. His loss!

    • Kelly: Everyone says I'm like the girl next door... y'all must have really weird neighbors!

    • Kelly: Hearing the Evanescence album you can obviously tell that David and Ben have a real passion for that big kind of background and I have a big voice and I like the music to match it, so it was a real dream team, ... They're both so different from each other and so different from me, but I think the three of us getting together just created such great songs.

    • Kelly: I love that I came up this way. First of all, I have nine close friends, and it's hard to find people you can trust and lean on in this industry.

    • Kelly: I never said I was a 'good girl.' I'm not a bad girl. I'm just normal, and that's what I'm going to be. There's no bad girl with whips and chains that's going to come out. I think people like me because I am myself.

    • Kelly: you have to be guarded in this industry because you are well known and you have a lot of money so that is like a big red target

    • Kelly: apparently I don't believe in hangers so I just throw everything down

    • Kelly: Im a Wal-mart girl. You can buy everything there--CDs food..

    • Kelly: I'm going on vacation...for four days! (holds up six fingers)

    • Kelly: I'm still going to eat burgers and fries, you can kiss my butt!

    • Kelly: What? I cant have carbs now? Bread is good people. Jesus ate bread! How do you think I got these chubby cheeks and big butt!?

    • Kelly: I want to give you a special thanks for even coming to this show because last time I was here I fell on stage so thank you for even coming even though I am a cluz

    • Kelly: If the person next to you isn't up on their feet, smack 'em. Actually, don't hit them... I don't promote violence, I promise!

    • Kelly: Looks fade, but a charm and personality doesn't.

    • Kelly: If I can wake up everyday before I die and know that I don't have to serve anyone food or drinks, I will be happy!

    • Kelly: God will never give you anything you can't handle, so don't stress.

    • Kelly Clarkson: Before Idol, I had so many doors slammed in my face.

    • Kelly Clarkson: I don't wanna be as big as Madonna. I like where I am now.

    • Kelly Clarkson: (about not wearing underwear) I'm Commando Girl... I swear all my friends in Texas don't wear them either!

    • Kelly clarkson: One day I would like to work behind the cameras too producing my own work.

    • Kelly Clarkson: (about her teacher's advice at joining the Choir after hearing her singing at the corridor) 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.

    • Kelly Clarkson: I have no beef with anyone. I'm not that kind of girl to worry or get involved with stuff like that.

    • Kelly Clarkson: The record (Breakaway) is doing so well, it scares me sometimes.

    • Kelly Clarkson: Everyone's family has their own drama and Because Of You is about breaking that cycle and not carrying it on to the next generation. Kids are like sponges, and they imitate what they see. Sometimes that's not fair because what we see is not good for us.

    • Kelly Clarkson: (about touring) Being on the road is so inspiring. I think that's where the best inspiration comes from, for creativity.

    • Kelly Clarkson: (On her singing career) I'm doing what I love, and that's what's important.

    • Kelly Clarkson: Like every other girl in the world, my most embarrassing moment had to do with a guy completely turning me down. His loss!

    • Kelly Clarkson: It all seems to be happening so quickly that it's hard to stop and think. For now, I'm just glad to be in this position and to be able to have a job where I use my singing voice every day.

    • Kelly Clarkson: I'm not materialistic, but I am ambitious. I'd love to break globally and can't wait to go to England. There is so much ahead of me and I'm really grateful for that.

    • Kelly Clarkson: Everyone says I'm like the girl next door...Y'all must have really weird neighbors!

    • Kelly Clarkson: Some of the stuff on the new album is very singer/songwriter, because I love people like Patty Griffin and Ryan Adams. And then there is other stuff that's real intense rock stuff, more rock than Breakaway. It's going to be a cool album.

    • Kelly Clarkson: I totally do not believe in back up plans. Like if you want something that bad, go for it.. I knew that performing was what I wanted to do. So I went for it, without a back up plan!

    • Kelly Clarkson: I'd love to pose for a picture angry and it'd be like 'Kelly was upset because she didn't get her frosted flakes!'

  • The best that "American Idol" has found.

    Great how she is just a normal person. Great singer.
  • Kelly Clarkson

    I love her music, she has the best voice ever and she is super pretty. I hope to see her on a TV show too, I bet that she has good acting like she does singing. I have her album and love every song on there, she has the most amazing voice, and that's all I can say. Plus, I love the name! :D