The original idol is coming to the Bay Area.
Kelly Clarkson has actually earned the prestige to be judged by her body of work instead of being identified as the first “American Idol.”
Currently, her musical expertise is being utilized on television in the TV series “Duets.” Yet fans can all get up close and personal with Clarkson when she appears July 25 at 7pm at Concord’s Sleep Train Pavilion.
If you haven’t kept track of the amazing career that Clarkson has achieved in just 10 years (and all at under 30 years old), this is a good time to look about her decade of music.
She’s released five albums – and they have all peaked at #3 or higher (2 going to #1). Her actually biggest album, “Breakaway,” peaked at #3 even though it sold over 6 million units – guess it had stiff competition while on the charts.
Clarkson’s career started off strong with her first two albums. For her third album, she tried to exercise her own creative control and kind of locked horns with executives at her record label. Yet “My December” did peak at #2 on Billboard and yielded a top ten single out of “Never Again.”
Since its release, Clarkson and the label have patched things up and have moved full steam ahead.
If we do take a moment to compare her to other “American Idols” (and never bring it up again), she’s the only Idol to have had three #1 singles and has also appeared on the dance and country charts.
She is only surpassed by Carrie Underwood with the most Grammy’s for an American Idol.
We may have all downloaded all of her hits – but what about those other songs? If you only downloaded the singles, you may have missed some gems. So here’s a quick overview of Clarkson songs that weren’t hits in the US and in some cases may not have singles. But definitely worth a listen!
“The Trouble With Love Is” – a bluesy tune so wonderful in the movie “Love Actually” – too bad it wasn’t a hit here like it was in Australia.
FROM “BREAKAWAY” – A CD full of hits!
“Gone” – a sold rocker that might be a sequel to “Since U Been Gone.”
“Hear Me” – Great, captivating vocals…a winner!
“Where Is Your Heart” – a tender Clarkson underplays her big vocals to great effect.
FROM “MY DECEMBER” – Only one hit single
“Sober” was a single but no one bought it. Too bad as it’s good.
“Irvine” is perhaps one of Kelly’s best vocals – it can be played on an alternative station and people wouldn’t even know it’s her.
FROM “ALL I EVER WANTED”
“All I Ever Wanted” – the title tune was a single but peaked at #96 and is a funky fun song.
“I Want You” could be a Katy Perry song and Clarkson performs it tongue-in-cheek to great delight.
FROM “STRONGER” – still charting – so maybe more singles to come!
“You Love Me” – definitely would be a hit. It’s got great vocals and follows Clarkson’s formula for success.
“I Forgive You” – this too has at the ear markings of a Clarkson hit.
“You Can’t Win” sounds like a lot of Kelly singles – but “Stronger” is full of them.
…gotta stop as “Stronger” still has a lot of potential – so don’t rule out “The War Is Over,” “Alone” and “Breaking Your Own Heart.”
NOT IN A CLARKSON COLLECTION – here’s some songs that didn’t make Clarkson’s CDs but you can seek them out.
“Timeless” is duet with Joshua Guarini on his CD and from their forgettable movie “From Justin to Kelly.” Forget the movie; hear the song.
“Because of You” is a heartfelt hit ballad but it also is a great dance remix and a country duet with Reba McEntire.
“Respect” the classic song Kelly did on Idol was recorded and used in the movie “Ella Enchanted.”
So listen to your favorite Clarkson songs and download new ones. All to prep yourself for her concert with the Fray. Get tickets for the live show at livenation.com.