Well known for her heartfelt and confessional songwriting, Kelly Clarkson has seemingly never been one to keep her feelings pent up. So when the star launched into one of her most personal numbers at a March 2019 gig in Greenville, South Carolina, fans were likely expecting an emotional rollercoaster. Little did the audience know, though, that Clarkson’s show would eventually become even more poignant.
It’s not often that a pop star has rawness and vulnerability as their major selling points. And yet Clarkson is the exception that proves the rule. At the very least, the singer has garnered quite the following for her blend of rock-inflected pop with personal lyrics – a mix evident in hits such as 2004’s “Since U Been Gone.”
Clarkson herself, meanwhile, was born in April 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas. And it all started for the fledgling singer when she signed up to the first ever season of American Idol in 2002. As the initial winner of the contest, she therefore became somewhat of a champion of potential pop stars who were chasing their dreams. Even so, Clarkson actually joined the competition out of financial necessity rather than any desire to make it big.