Kelly Clarkson

American singer-songwriter (born 1982)

Kelly Brianne (born Kelly Brianne Clarkson; April 24, 1982), known professionally as Kelly Clarkson, is an American singer, songwriter and television host. She is the winner of the first season of American Idol and first season of the coach The Voice.

Kelly Clarkson
Picture of Kelly Clarkson arriving at the 57th Presidential Inauguration
Clarkson in 2013 at the Second inauguration of Barack Obama.
Kelly Brianne Clarkson

(1982-04-24) April 24, 1982 (age 42)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • author
  • television personality
Years active2002–present
Brandon Blackstock
(m. 2013; separated 2020)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginBurleson, Texas, U.S.

Clarkson has recorded eight albums. Clarkson has sold over 10.6 million albums in the United States, becoming the highest-selling American Idol winner. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Clarkson is also ranked on the top 200 album sellers of the Nielsen SoundScan era at number 187.[2]

Early life


Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Rose Clarkson a first grade teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson.

Clarkson's parents divorced when she was six years old, after having been married for seventeen years. The family then moved to Burleson,Texas, where her mother remarried.[3] She is of Greek (from a maternal great-grandfather), English, Irish, German, and Scottish ancestry.[4][5] Her mother is a descendant of Republican state senator Isaiah Rose, whose life story was discussed on Clarkson's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, in 2013.[6]

Clarkson went to Pauline G Hughes Middle School and Burleson High School. She originally wanted to be a marine biologist, but changed her mind after she saw the movie Jaws.[7] In seventh grade, one of her teachers overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir.

In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brigadoon. She sang at her high school talent show, after which an audience member shared some inspiring words with her: "God has given you this gift. You've got to sing. You're destined to sing." Clarkson continued singing and soon started classical training, hoping that music would be her ticket to a college scholarship.[8]

After finishing high school, Clarkson was offered full scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Texas, and the Berklee College of Music. However, she decided against college to pursue a career in music saying, "you're never too old to go to college."[8]

American Idol


On September 4, 2002, Clarkson won the first season of American Idol, beating Justin Guarini by a margin of 58% to 42%.[9] After the results were announced, Clarkson performed the song "A Moment Like This", which was written for the winner of American Idol and would be released on her first CD Thankful. When it was released as a single in October 2002, it set a record on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart when it rose from number 52 to number one.[10] Thankful sold 236,000 copies in its first week in the U.S.[11]



Clarkson possesses a three-octave soprano vocal range. She is also able use of a whistle register.

Personal life


Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in 2013. They have a daughter, River Rose, and a son, Remington. Blackstock also has two children from a previous relationship. In June 2020, it was announced that Clarkson had filed for divorce.[12]

On March 30, 2022, it was reported that Clarkson had changed her name legally to Kelly Brianne, making her middle name into her last name. She still uses Clarkson professionally.[13]



Studio albums

  • Thankful (released April 15, 2003)
  • Breakaway (released November 30, 2004)
  • My December (released June 26, 2007)
  • All I Ever Wanted (released March 10, 2009)
  • Stronger (released October 24, 2011)
  • Wrapped in Red (released October 29, 2013)
  • Piece by Piece (released on March 3, 2015)
  • Meaning of Life (released on October 27, 2017)
  • When Christmas Comes Around... (released on October 15, 2021)
  • Chemistry (released on June 23, 2023)
Compilation albums
  • Greatest Hits – Chapter One (released November 16, 2012)




  1. Small, Elle. "Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted Review". BBC. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  2. "Chart Watch Extra: The American Idol Alumni Association". Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
  3. "Burleson is already 'Idol'-izing homegrown hopeful". The Dallas Morning News. August 20, 2002. Retrieved February 2, 2009. [...] while Ms. Taylor has remained in Texas with her second husband, contractor Jimmy Taylor
  4. "Kelly Clarkson". IMDb.
  5. Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, July 23, 2012
  6. Shawver, Sam. "Singer Kelly Clarkson visits the area – | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – Parkersburg News and Sentinel". Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  7. Snierson, Dan.Stupid Questions with Kelly Clarkson Archived 2009-08-10 at the Wayback Machine August 26, 2005 (issue #837 September 2, 2005). Retrieved August 13, 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Kelly Clarkson - Single-Minded: Cords of Steel - Artists - Reader's Digest". Archived from the original on 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  9. The Amazing Kelly Clarkson. Retrieved February 12, 2006.
  10. "Biography on sing365". Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
  11. "Kelly Clarkson—Timeline". Retrieved February 12, 2006.
  12. "Kelly Clarkson's Candid Quotes About Her Split From Brandon Blackstock". Us Weekly. 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  13. "Singer Kelly Clarkson legally changes her name". WSMV. 2022-03-30. Retrieved 2022-04-01.

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