In 2002 Kelly Clarkson became the first American Idol winner. She was born on April 24th 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas named Kelly Brianne Clarkson.
The new American Idol TV show was a new format of entertainment that was extremely popular and successful. It enabled individuals form across America to enter into the show to highlight their music talent or in some case perceived talents. The aim to the show was to find the best "undiscovered" young talent in the country. Kelly Clarkson claimed victory after receiving the most number of votes in season one's live final. Simon Cowell one of the hosts of the show was extremely impressed with the potential of Kelly Clarkson 's voice and stage presence.
After receiving a record deal Kelly Clarkson moved on to record her first album which debuted in 2003 titled Thankful. This CD was hugely successful breaking many records and gaining her first U.S. number one single for A Moment Like This. Her fans include those who enjoyed watching American idol TV show in addition to new listeners who are interested and entertained by the music and use of song lyrics that are ease to relate to.
Popular songs that came from the Thankful album included: A Moment Like This, Miss Independent, Beautiful Disaster and the title track Thankful.
Her second follow up album CD titled Breakaway, broke the mould and moved away from her previous pop songs to a fresher, rock sound and image. With greater to control over her music Clarkson created an incredibly rich and memorable album which was endorsed by her fans. Kelly co-wrote six of the songs with several songwriters, including former Evanescence rock band members Ben Moody and David Hodges and extremely successful Canadian singer songwriter Avril Lavigne.
Huge success followed Kelly where ever she went. The album reach records of five-times platinum in the United States on January the 18th 2006 and quadruple platinum in Canada on September the 29th in 2005.
Extremely popular songs that followed within the second album Breakaway in included: Because Of You, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Since U Been Gone and the title track Breakaway.
Kelly Clarkson is now a global phenomena and brand name that sits alongside American Idol as example of an extremely popular entertainment icon. Clarkson has become a successful singer-songwriter receiving four U.S. top-ten singles and two Grammy Awards.
Kelly Clarkson has been touring Europe in 2006 and has begun writing for her much anticipated third album. She is currently composing songs of which she hopes to release in late 2006.