Kelly Clarkson Age, Early Life, Biography.
Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982, in Fort Worth, Texas. She’s 42 years old today! The singer/songwriter’s career skyrocketed after winning “American Idol.”
She grew up in a small suburb of Burleson, where her voice was recognized by her school’s choir teacher when she was in seventh grade.Before auditioning for the show, she appeared as an extra in several TV series like “Dharma & Greg” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
After studying high school, the songstress moved to Los Angeles, California, to try her shot at getting into show business.Since the reality competition show allowed viewers to vote for their favorite contestants, the singer wowed audiences as she got most of the crowd’s vote percentage.
Her win led her to snag a million dollars and a recording contract with RCA.
Since then, Clarkson has sealed herself as one of the most notable musicians of all time as she went on to release smash hits like “A Moment Like This,” “Breakaway,” “Because of You,” and “Since U Been Gone.”In 2019, the singer tried entering the world of variety talk shows by launching “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Fans loved the concept and what the singer brought to the table as it’s now on its third season.
Clarkson No More: Singer Drops Her Last Name
Aside from celebrating her 40th birthday this year, Kelly Clarkson is also celebrating a win as the court has granted her request to change her name to “Kelly Brianne officially.”According to People Magazine, the “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” hitmaker filed documents in February, citing her desire to change her legal name to “Brianne” more fully reflects who she is.
The big move comes a few weeks after the TV host finalized her messy divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock seven years after tying the knot.
10 Fast Kelly Clarkson Facts
#1: She is not only musically gifted, but very intelligent too!
She turned down two full-ride scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin and the Berklee College of Music, and later turned down two record deals before winning American Idol.
2: She is afraid of sharks.
She wanted to be a marine biologist before her music career. She stopped pursuing a career in marine biology after she watched the movie Jaws.
#3: She has four children in her busy household!
Clarkson and her estranged husband Brandon have two children together, River and Remington. Brandon also has two children from his previous marriage, Savannah and Seth.
#4: Clarkson can relate to restaurant and bar servers.
Before her music career, she worked as a cocktail waitress at a comedy club in Arlington, Texas. She also worked at a comedy club called Hyena’s Comedy Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
#5: She is part Greek!
A great-grandfather of hers on her mother side was an immigrant from Greece. She also has ancestors from England, Ireland, Germany, and Scotland.
#6: 2007 was one of the toughest years in her career.
She fired her manager Clive Davis and canceled a planned concert tour for the summer of 2007. My December was released in late June of that year and initially had strong sales, but still the cloud from the Clarkson-Davis conflict hung over the project. She later expressed regret about the dispute, saying that it had been blown way out of proportion.
#7: She broke the record for fastest jump to #1 on the charts.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson’s American Idol inaugural song “A Moment Like This” broke a record previously held by the Beatles for fastest jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
#8: She LOVES tattoos.
The songstress has many tattoos on her body— including a cross and the saying “Love Them More” on her wrist, a heart on her hand, the state of Texas, and a jigsaw piece that has deep meaning for her. It symbolizes peeling off the top layer and seeing the whirlwind beneath, a tornado on a yellow brick road.
#9: She has a family connection to another star.
Clarkson married Reba McEntire’s stepson Brandon Blackstock in October 2013. His father is Reba’s ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock.
#10: One of her favorite bands is a pop-punk act.
Clarkson has stated in the past that No Doubt with Gwen Stefani is one of her all time favorite bands. Yes, Kelly has gotten to work with her longtime idol on The Voice!