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Kelly Clarkson Biography

Birth Name:
Kelly Brianne Clarkson
Birth Place:
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Never had a formal singing lesson
  • Held jobs at a comedy club (as a waitress), a pharmacy (an assistant), a movie theater and a zoo
  • Worked for songwriter Gerry Goffin as a vocalist after moving to L
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  • to try to break into the music business
  • Moved back to Texas to regroup after her L
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  • apartment building burned down
  • Winner of the first season of American Idol; runner-up was Justin Guarini
  • On the heels of her American Idol victory, her debut single, "A Moment Like This," went to No
  • 1 on the Billboard charts and was the best-selling single of 2002
  • Her debut album, Thankful, also hit No
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  • Bought, at auction, a ring that once belonged to Jane Austen; the British government put an export ban on the ring and allowed Jane Austen's House Museum to buy the ring back
  • Is a March of Dimes Ambassador


  • 2013CMT Music Awards-Collaborative Video of the Year: nominated


  • Jason Clarkson -- Brother
  • River Rose Blackstock -- Daughter
  • Stephen Michael Clarkson -- Father
  • Steve Clarkson -- Father
  • Brandon Blackstock -- Husband
  • Jeanne Ann Rose -- Mother
  • Jeanne Taylor -- Mother
  • Alyssa Clarkson -- Sister
  • Remington Alexander Blackstock -- Son
  • Savannah Blackstock -- Stepdaughter
  • Jimmy Taylor -- Stepfather
  • Seth Blackstock -- Stepson