Plenty of famous singers grew up certain they were destined for stardom, but Kelly Clarkson wasn’t one of them. She was raised in a small town in Texas, and merely saw herself as another voice in the church choir.
“Every time I hear people in interviews, they’re like, ‘I’ve been singing and dancing since I was 2’ and I’m like, ‘Not me,’” she told guest Jon Stewart on The Kelly Clarkson Show , who asked about discovering her talent. “You must’ve known, I hate to use the phrase predetermined, but you must’ve felt an affinity really early on because you can’t walk around with a gift like that and not realize it probably pretty early on,” he said.
Clarkson shook her head. “Everyone sang in my small town,” she explained. “We all went to church, so everyone sang.” Stewart was sure that she would’ve at least discovered her skill by the age of eight or nine. “Not really,” she continued. “I had so many talented singers around me. I really did. And I know people always say, ‘Oh my God, you sing so well and you can do so many things.’ I grew up with a lot of girlfriends that could do that, so it wasn’t really an abnormal thing.”
That’s why she didn’t take pursuit of music seriously until she was in seventh grade. One day, the choir teacher overheard her singing in the hall and urged her to join the program. From there, her passion skyrocketed, and immediately after graduating high school, she took off to Hollywood in search for a record label deal.
Unfortunately, Clarkson didn’t have much luck shopping her demos around Los Angeles, and to make matters worse, the apartment she was sharing with a friend randomly caught fire one day and destroyed all of her belongings. “My place burned down and I had been living in my car,” she told Gayle King on CBS This Morning in 2015. So she decided to cut her losses and move back home to Texas, where she was immediately tipped off about a local talent show audition. She had no clue it was for American Idol.
“You know, when you’re poor, you have nothing to lose, you go to any audition,” Clarkson explained. “And I was like ‘Yep, I’m in.’” Still, she never expected the fame that followed her win. She only hoped it gave her enough exposure to at least land a management team.
“I just wanted to sing,” she said. “And my initial goal actually, even when I was little, wasn’t to be the frontrunner. I wanted to be a backup singer . I am so happy we have Madonna, and Britney and Beyonce–y’all just live it up. I wanna be, like, right underneath.”
Whether or not it’s what she wanted, she’s far surpassed that goal. With three No. 1 hits, 11 Top 10 hits, three Grammys and a personality that the world admires, the “Breakaway” singer has definitely earned her own seat at the table. And she’s not getting up any time soon.
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Analysis: The inaugural American Idol is a talented vocalist with top-notch musical phrasing making her an incredible singer. Though she openly speaks about valuing emotion over technical perfection, Clarkson was classically trained at a young age, as well as taught in high school choir and in Baptist churches. Because of this, she demonstrates good control of her instrument, from her solid breath support to her good tongue placement and mouth shaping.  Clarkson knows to keep her tongue flat with the back placed against her molars when in her upper modal voice, as well as to pull up the corners of her mouth. She also consistently stylizes by manipulating her vocal tone, which lends itself to her performance versatility. Though this reputation of versatility is strong, she is also known for having a dynamic upper register, where she demonstrates impressive natural ease.
Although her voice is truly ‘at home’ in rock and pop stylings, her voice can also transcend through multiple genres, including Rock, Country, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Classical, and Gospel. With this ability to cover multiple genres, she has covered an expansive list of artists on American Idol and on her latest tours. Some of the artists she has tackled include Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Vince Gill, Tony Bennett, and Heart. While anyone can simply sing these covers, Clarkson adapts her vocal style to each genre by altering her approach to vowels and the tone of her voice.  Compare the standard and Country recordings of “Mr. Know It All,” as well as her cover of Tony Bennett’s “Because Of You” and “All I Ask Of You” with Josh … Continue reading This is thanks to her natural knowledge of phrasing, along with her talent for tone manipulation.
As a light-lyric soprano, Clarkson’s voice starts small and generally weak in her lower register – from G#3 and below – before blossoming in the fifth octave. On good days live, she can reach down to F3 with solid tonal quality, but her lower register is inconsistent and not where Clarkson feels truly comfortable or confident. Despite this, however, she has developed a nicely colored lower register in her recordings.
Above G#3, however, her voice is naturally warm, bright, and inviting, and she has preserved this quality over her near two-decade-long career (see “Breakaway”). With her voice relaxed in her midrange, her natural fluttering vibrato shines (“Honestly”), as she lets air seep into her sound to create intimacy. That rolling vibrato is a great indicator of when she is singing with a (more) open and relaxed throat (“Honestly” and “Mr. Know it All [Country Version]”), as she tends to straight-tone notes when tense. She can apply her stunning vibrato to the vast majority of her voice (as demonstrated from F3-C6-F#6).
Her tessitura is quite high even for a soprano, blossoming in her prime from D5 – F#5 as she picks up treble. Her belts draw heavily from bresth support, although she will often approach these notes with a throat-heavy sound. She can carry support up to the F5/F#5 region,  ”Support” here meaning that she is relying primarily on the muscles in her stomach and back to generate her sound and not her throat or other muscle groups. For more, read our Pedagogical … Continue reading and can reach Soprano C (C6) with a chest dominant sound.
It should be noted, however, that Clarkson tends to push her voice in the upper chest register, creating distortion. This is partly due to heavy touring, the demanding nature of her songs, and inconsistent technique, but mostly because of her desire to emulate larger, more dramatic voices. This weakness has caused her voice to decline at some points in career, towards the end of American Idol as well as through the Breakaway and My December eras (2004-08). However, a few years of experience and work with vocal coaches lessened this effect starting in late 2010. After experiencing vocal issues like glottal tension and decreased vocal range following her pregnancies in 2013 and 2016 – which resulted in a tour cancellation – her voice has largely recovered.
Her falsetto is light and gentle, adding soulful nature to her ballads as well as emotional leverage. Though rarely utilized until 2015, her head voice is bright and well supported up to A5 (see “Tightrope”). She can reach up to D6 with her head voice, but her pitch accuracy is often inconsistent, and she drops her breath support in favor of a throaty sound. Her whistle register is underutilized, but she has demonstrated the ability to sustain it (and perform glissando in it).
Vocal drives can be executed in all parts of the range and can be taken out when desired (Compare the F5’s in “Honestly” and “Let Me Down”). She is also able to flip through all her registers without the use of melisma, though she is more than capable of using the technique (See “Why Don’t You Try”). These runs are generally limited to around five notes, however, and runs longer than this often lose precision both in rhythm and intonation. This is a part of a larger issue, as she tends to lose accuracy in both of these areas when nervous or tired as her throat closes and nerves take over.
In general, Clarkson’s voice is occasionally inconsistent, and she generally takes pride in putting emotional delivery over technical perfection and that should be taken into consideration when evaluating her as a vocalist and singer. Despite these inconsistencies, she is by and large a good vocalist and a great singer.
Kelly Clarkson’s vocal range is approximately three octaves and a minor third, spanning Eb3 – C6 – F#6. It is possible that she hit a G6 in the studio recording of “Honestly,” but it is disputed. The C3 in octave unison of “What’s Up Lonely” also seems questionable given her lack of comfort and support in her lower register during that time.
Kelly Clarkson can sing approximately three octaves, spanning Eb3 – C6 – F#6. She has occasionally exclaimed higher than this – and would make her range almost four octaves by reaching up to C#7 – but these notes lack the same degree of control and wouldn’t typically be considered part of her vocal range.
Kelly Clarkson is a Light-Lyric Soprano. She will often push her voice to the point of distortion in order to get the larger, rougher sound that she desires, which demonstrates her voice’s relatively small weight.
This article was initially published on April 30th, 2021. It was last updated on February 24th, 2022.
Every day someone brings a song into my studio and asks me ‘how did she sing that high?’ or ‘how does he scream like that?’ I’ll try to answer some of these questions by making a pretty good guess based on my experience with thousands of singers for 30+ years and also based on information I’ve gotten from managers, record labels and artists. I’m not telling you things that I’ve learned from first hand experience with the artists themselves; that is confidential.
But first some facts you need to know. Each instrument has it’s own range – a soprano sax has a different range than an alto sax. If you give a soprano sax player a part that is meant for an alto, they will look at you like you’re a fool. Unfortunately many singers think they should be able to sing anything. If you imagine Sarah McLaughlin trying to sing a Janis Joplin song, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Sarah McLaughlin is an amazing singer but she wouldn’t sing in Janis Joplin’s range. McLaughlin’s voice is higher and the tonal quality is different. Assess your own instrument and understand your range. It can be improved, extended and strengthened but it still has its limits and you need to know what they are. You can’t sing everything. Even within your range some musical styles will sound better than others. That may seem obvious but you wouldn?t believe the number of people who think they ‘should’ be able to sing anything.
Also you must realize that there is a big difference between what you hear on a recording and what a person can actually do in a live performance. In the studio there are all kinds of tricks that can be used to make a voice sound better, stronger, more in tune etc. The listener expects to hear a perfect performance on a record and nothing else is acceptable. But in a live show the audience doesn’t notice if a pitch is a little off or a note isn’t held as long, because there’s so much more going on besides the vocal: the energy, the visual, the crowd, and the band. So don’t expect yourself to sing perfectly like the record. It’s good to try, but realize that you don’t have the equipment that they have to help you.
What ‘s Going On
First example is Christina Aguilera. If you listen to her song ‘Beautiful’ (or almost any other song she sings) you will hear her hit some pretty high notes in what sounds like her chest voice – chest voice is the big, earthy voice most of us speak in, also referred to as ‘natural’ voice. In fact she’s not in chest but in blend. This is a mix of chest and head voices that allows you to take some of the chest tone higher than it would normally go. Listen to the bridge where she adlibs over the melody. She has built a big, bad blend – she’s a monster singer. But when you try to do it might sound forced or tight. Or it might just pop over to your upper voice and sound too thin. Blending the two voices is hard to do; you absolutely need a voice teacher to help you work on it without getting hoarse.
Another great example of a singer who is blending is Jeff Buckley. Listen to his song ‘Grace’. What a beautiful vocalist he was. A lot of guys feel like they have to shout to get emotional but he gives an incredibly emotional performance without screaming. As he goes higher he slowly adds his head voice into the sound (like a crossfade between the two voices) so it sounds strong and smooth. When he goes to his head voice, it’s seamless – you can’t tell.
What Not To Do
If you’ve read my other articles you know I’m not a fan of ‘American Idol’ and here’s one reason why. If you saw the first season, you’ll remember that Kelly Clarkson, the winner, had blown out her voice so badly by the last show that she couldn’t sing her final number. The other finalists had to come out and sing it for her. She was scheduled to be on several late night talk shows in the following few nights and she could hardly speak. Her doctor told her she had to stop using her voice entirely, so they cancelled her remaining appearances. In interviews she’s talked about that time and said that her vocal problem came from being tired and singing too much and I’m sure that’s true. But I also heard her sing during the show each week pushing her chest voice up as far as she could. This is one of the most damaging things you can do to your voice. Each week she had to shout a little bit more to get those high notes that the ‘American Idol’ producers and fans love so much.
I don’t know Kelly Clarkson and I don’t know what actually happened, but when I listen to her now, her singing is entirely different. In a song like ‘Breakaway’ it seems obvious to me that she’s learned how to blend. No more shouting those high notes; now they have finesse. I imagine that she had to learn how to preserve her voice so she could sing night after night and not lose it. She is every bit as exciting a singer as she ever was (more, in my opinion) but she’s learned to control her instrument.
By the way, just because a singer knows how to blend, doesn’t mean they always use it. Sometimes in the heat of a live performance they will push too much air pressure and stay in chest too high up. It is public knowledge that Whitney Huston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera have all done this and paid a price for it later: tours cancelled, the dreaded ‘nodes’ on the vocal cords. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park had to cancel dates as a result of laryngitis. He’s another great example of a singer who screamed his way into trouble and then had to change the way he sang. Listen to ‘One Step Closer’ from their debut 2000 album ‘Hybrid Theory’ and compare it to how he sings ‘Numb’ or ‘Somewhere I Belong’ on the 2003 ‘Meteora’ album. (I’ve never worked with Chester, though I’d love to, so I’m speculating about this. I have worked with most of the other members of Linkin Park.)
You can’t afford to rehearse, perform and record while continually abusing your voice. It will only last so long before you wear it out. If your throat feels tight at the end of your set, if you can’t get the high notes at the end of the set as well as you could at the beginning, if you have to work a little harder to talk the morning after, you’re heading for trouble. If you want to have a career, you’ll have take the time now to learn to treat your voice right. Don’t wait until you lose it.
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Kelly Clarkson can beat just about anyone in a singing duel, but Anne Hathaway somehow brought the singer to her knees during a heated music game.
The hilarious scene unfolded during the latest episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” when the talk show host challenged her guest to a game of “Sing That Name That Tune,” hosted by comedian Matt Iseman.
At the beginning of the clip, Iseman told Clarkson she “better start stepping up” her game if she didn’t want Hathaway, who was ahead by three points, to beat her.
“Can you play a freaking song I’ll know?” the singer joked.
The band then started to play a few notes of Clarkson’s hit “Since U Been Gone,” and Hathaway recognized it immediately, even before the singer did.
The actor stepped forward on her platform and began belting out the classic tune with plenty of attitude. Meanwhile, Clarkson was literally floored and instantly dropped to her knees as she realized what had just happened.
The 39-year-old then planted her face on the floor and spread out, figuratively tipping her hat to her talented guest. She was clearly impressed by the actor’s chops, too, and stepped off her platform to let Hathaway shine.
After the performance, Clarkson stepped back onto her platform to get ready for the next round and Hathaway stepped off to bow to the genius behind the song.
“How did you know it from just that?” Clarkson asked her guest in amazement.
Hathaway flattered the talk show host at this point, saying “Kelly Clarkson, if you do not understand how much we all love that song. Everybody here knew it on the first (beat).”
“What? She knew it from boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” the singer said incredulously.
Iseman chimed in with a joke at this point. “Anne Hathaway will be doing a Kelly Clarkson tribute show in Vegas,” he said, prompting the actor to say she loves the song.
Clarkson acknowledged that the experience was “embarrassing” but she was a good sport and joked, asking if she should “just quit.”
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Kelly Clarkson, in full Kelly Brianne Clarkson, (born April 24, 1982, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.), American singer and songwriter who emerged as a pop-rock star after winning the popular television talent contest American Idol in 2002.
Clarkson grew up in Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, where her vocal prowess was first recognized by her school’s choir teacher when she was a seventh grader. Upon finishing high school, Clarkson moved to Los Angeles, where she unsuccessfully tried to break into show business. In 2002, after returning to Texas, she became a contestant on the first season of the Fox Broadcasting Company’s American Idol, a singing competition that allowed viewers to vote for their favourite performer. Viewers were smitten with Clarkson’s arresting voice, charisma, and humour. Her prize for winning the contest was $1 million and a recording contract with RCA.
Just two weeks after her American Idol win, Clarkson released her first single, “A Moment like This,” which quickly became a hit. Thankful, her debut album of pop songs, followed in 2003. Her second full-length album, Breakaway (2004), which moved beyond Clarkson’s initial pop sound into a rock vein, sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and featured the hit singles “Because of You,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and “ Since U Been Gone.” Breakaway won a Grammy Award for best pop vocal album, and “Since U Been Gone” was honoured with the award for best female pop vocal performance. Clarkson’s third album, My December (2007), marked a new era in her career; even more rock-oriented than her previous releases, it was also more confessional, with each track cowritten by its performer.
Clarkson balanced her rock and pop tendencies on All I Ever Wanted (2009) and Stronger (2011), the latter of which earned her another Grammy Award for best pop vocal album. Powerfully produced singles such as “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” extended her string of hits. Additionally, with the popular ballad “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (2010), a duet with Jason Aldean, she pursued an interest in country music that was previously made apparent on a 2007 version of “Because of You” that she recorded with Reba McEntire. After the holiday album Wrapped in Red (2013), Clarkson made Piece by Piece (2015), which was noted for its ballads. She then ventured into soul and R&B with Meaning of Life (2017), her eighth studio album and first released by Atlantic Records. When Christmas Comes Around… appeared in 2021 and was accompanied by a TV special.
In 2018 Clarkson became a coach on the televised singing competition The Voice. The following year her eponymous daytime talk show debuted, and she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for best entertainment talk show host (2020 and 2021). During this time she also lent her voice to the animated comedies UglyDolls (2019) and Trolls World Tour (2020).
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen.
When you think of a sing-off against singer, songwriter, and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, it’s only natural to assume she’d win, hands down, against just about anybody. As it turns out, actor Anne Hathaway is a formidabl opponent. The Oscar winner recently made an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show and went head-to-head with Clarkson in a game of “Sing That Name That Tune”—a song-recognition game in which contestants hear a short instrumental and must correctly sing the song it’s from. In short, Hathaway reigned supreme at this game.
Hathaway was on the show to promote her new AppleTV+series WeCrashed when she agreed to some friendly competition. It was a runaway victory for the actor—not by outperforming the American Idol’s vocal abilities, but by recognizing songs and singing them before Clarkson could. Three points behind Hathaway, Clarkson wanted to redeem herself with the final guess. She appeared to be having a hard time naming the songs after hearing the first few bars. “Can you play a freaking song I’ll know?” the host pleaded to the band.
The band honored the singer with a familiar song—none other than Clarkson’s own hit “Since U Been Gone.” Hathaway immediately recognized the opening chords before Clarkson did. She quickly stepped out to her podium and belted out the chorus. Clarkson fell to the floor in embarrassment, and just like that Hathaway beat the singer with one of her own biggest hits.
“How?! How did you know it from just that?” Clarkson shouted through bouts of laughter.
“Kelly Clarkson, you do not understand how much we all love that song,” Hathaway replied. “Everybody here knew it on the first one. Everybody here knew it.”
The video clip has since amassed millions of views and prompted thousands of likes, retweets, and comments. A popular tweet came from Twitter user Alex Abads of Vox who shared the video with a caption reading “anne hathaway is a theater kid, you will never beat a theater kid at these types of games (even if you are the untouchable kelly clarkson)” and received more than 170,000 likes.
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The video shows that nobody may be as good as Hathaway at naming that tune because one thing is for certain—Hathaway loves to win. Stick around for the end of the video to see how the actor effectively tied in her singing “Under Pressure” against Clarkson’s “Ice Ice Baby.”
Clarkson was the first winner on the US TV show American Idol, and this was released as her first single after she performed the song on the show. In a sign of how American Idol would influence the music industry, the song broke the record for the biggest jump to #1 in the history of the US Hot 100 chart when it soared 52-1 on the week of October 5, 2002. That record had been held for 37 years by The Beatles; in April 1964, “Can’t Buy Me Love” rose from 27-1.
Clarkson’s record was beaten in 2007 by Maroon 5’s “It Makes Me Wonder,” which went 64-1.
This song really was a rare “moment” – an original track by a new singer breaking out of the Idol ambit to top the chart. In Season 2, the show took a different approach, completing the competition with the two finalists – Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard – each singing three songs, with one from each designated as their first single. Aiken’s single song was a new one called “This Is The Night,” and Studdard’s was “Flying Without Wings,” a huge UK hit for Westlife in 1999 but virtually unknown in America. They were released on the same day to create a competition among fans, and the ploy worked; Aiken became the first new artist to debut at #1, and Studdard came in at #2. The singles were propelled by their flip sides, as Aiken’s single was backed by “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Studdard’s by “Superstar.” Measured by digital downloads (which takes the flip side songs out of the equation), here’s the tally:
“A Moment Like This” – 420,000
“Flying Without Wings” – 42,000
“This Is the Night” – 36,000
And when the Studdard/Aiken singles came out, digital downloading was far more popular. The B-side to “A Moment Like This” was a new song called “Before Your Love.”
If you're lucky enough to meet Anne Hathaway, it's probably best if you don't ask her to battle it out in a game of "Sing That Name That Tune." Unfortunately, for Kelly Clarkson, she did exactly that and let's just say that what happened next had everyone (including Kelly) floored.
Kelly invited The Princess Diaries star to her show to discuss her go-to destress ritual, which includes lighting things on fire, celebrating their upcoming 40th birthday milestone, how to properly eat a cupcake, Anne's new Apple TV+ limited series, WeCrashed and more.
During The Kelly Clarkson Show, the American Idol alum likes to have a little bit of fun competition with her celebrity guests every now and then. In just its third season, the show has already earned an Emmy and had some major "OMG" moments. Now, we've got one more to add to the list.
In a heated game of "Sing That Name That Tune," the two competed to see who could guess popular songs first by hearing the melody. It didn't go quite as planned for Kelly so when she pleaded, "Can you play I freakin' song I'll know?!" the band did just that. After hearing the beginning few notes, Anne Hathaway beat Kelly to singing her own song, "Since U Been Gone."
Whether you want to call it defeat or a bit of embarrassment, Anne's quickness had Kelly floored. literally, y'all. Next thing you know, Kelly's face down on stage while Anne has everyone wondering why she's never put out a studio album (that voice is no joke).
The hilarious moment had fans running to the comment section of the video and leaving messages like:
"Kelly! Honey! Of course she knew it. We all know it. ?"
"Anne Hathaway is a legend in most of ALL her battles ???"
"Of course we all know that song. It's an anthem. I cannot count the number of times I have sung your song at the top of my lungs."
"Let's not forget that Anne's a Broadway kid. She's a trained theater performer. You can't beat theater kids when it comes to this game hahaha."
Anne tried to make up for completely owning Kelly by admitting, "if you do not understand how much we love that song. Everybody here knew it on the first one."
Eventually, Kelly redeemed herself in her own game by guessing the last song. Well, technically they both guessed it. Since the tune of "Under Pressure" and "Ice Ice Baby" are so similar, it's easy to see why both ladies began singing a different song, but it quickly turned into the coolest mashup ever.
Now, excuse us while we try to figure out how to convince Anne Hathaway to do a Kelly Clarkson tribute tour!
Kelly Clarkson has many iconic songs. “Miss Independent!” “Behind These Hazel Eyes!” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)!” But of all her hits, one stands out as arguably the most legendary: “Since U Been Gone.” The 2004 pop-rock track was the second single off Clarkson’s blockbuster album, Breakaway, and it resonated immediately with fans. “Since U Been Gone” reached number two on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and earned Clarkson a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance—it’s an undeniable piece of pop-music history. And also: one hell of a karaoke song.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the tune has some famous fans—including Oscar winner Anne Hathaway. The actress recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and played a little round of “Name That Tune” with the eponymous host. The game is simple: Clarkson’s band plays the instrumental of a popular song, and Clarkson and Hathaway have to identify it. But they can’t just name the song, they have to sing it.
Hathaway was a pro from the jump, singing the melodies of Hansen’s “Mmmbop” and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” like it was her job. Clarkson, a lover of competition, then playfully asked, “Can you play a freaking song I’ll know?”
And they did—but Hathaway beat her to the punch. The Ocean’s Eight star recognized “Since U Been Gone” from just the first few notes and belted accordingly. Clarkson was so stunned that she jokingly fell to the floor.
After her performance, Hathaway paid her respects, bowing to Clarkson for releasing such an anthem. “Kelly Clarkson, if you do not understand how much we all love that song—everybody here knew it! I love that song,” she said.