American singers and songwriters, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande, have released their new collaboration, Santa, Can’t You Hear Me.
Born April 24, 1982, the winner of Fox TV’s first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, Kelly Clarkson went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer in a matter of months, performing for an audience of millions.
One of the show’s most naturally gifted singers, the affable Texan then went on to enjoy a successful pop career, with only Carrie Underwood rivaling her as American Idol’s most commercial export.
Clarkson was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, and her vocal talents were discovered in seventh grade, when a music teacher heard her voice and urged Clarkson to join the school choir.
After high school, she opted to skip college and went to Hollywood to make her name; she appeared as an extra on an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but no other opportunities materialized. Upon returning to Burleson, Clarkson worked at a movie theater, promoted Red Bull energy drinks, and ultimately worked as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club before entering the American Idol contest.
One of 10,000 aspiring singers, Clarkson distinguished herself not only with her big, surprisingly mature voice, but also with her down-to-earth charm and sense of humor; at one of her auditions, she switched places with judge Randy Jackson, who did an impromptu version of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Over the course of the 13-week show, her consistently strong performances of songs like “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Stuff Like That There,” and “Without You” earned Clarkson enough audience votes to claim one of the contest’s two finalist positions.
In September 2017, Clarkson released “Love So Soft,” the lead single from her forthcoming eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, which appeared in October. In 2018 Clarkson issued a cover version of “Never Enough” from the popular musical Greatest Showman.