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Kelly Clarkson: The Pop Artist That Crossed Over the Country Chart


Kelly Clarkson is one of the biggest names not only in the world of pop music. She has also made her way to the shining and amazing world of country music. Most of her songs are pop sounding, yet she is still considered to be a country star, why is that?

Kelly Clarkson Birthday
Photo Credit: Kelly Clarkson/ Official Facebook Page

Kelly Clarkson’s Childhood

Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982, at Fort Worth Texas. At a very young age, she already discovered that she has the talent to sing. This pushed her to find some record labels to sign her after she graduated. However, she has been rejected by them. It’s good that she wasn’t able to immediately close a deal because if she did, she wouldn’t be as famous as she is right now.

American Idol

Her biggest break came after she won the first season of American Idol in 2002. She signed a deal with RCA Records where she released her first single A Moment Like This. This was Clarkson’s first song to appear on the Billboard Country chart. However, most of the songs that followed are pop songs.

Even though most of her breakthrough singles are under the pop genre, she admires the country artist Reba McEntire. She got the chance to collaborate with her to remake her single “Because of You” in 2007. Their collaboration reached number two on the chart. This was the beginning of her career in country music.

Country Songs Recorded By Kelly Clarkson

Here we listed below some songs she released that are country-related.

“Don’t You Wanna Stay”

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” is yet another song where Clarkson collaborated with a country artist. The single was part of Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party. Their duet hit the top of the country chart in the US and in Canada.

“Tie It Up”

This single of Clarkson is not considered by many as exactly a country song. However, it was able to secure a spot on the country chart. The song was penned by Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. “Tie It Up” was one of the singles she released following “Mr. Know It All.”

“Don’t Rush”

Her “Don’t Rush” single was one of the songs included in her compilation album Greatest Hits- Chapter One. Clarkson collaborated with Vince Gill for the song. She received various nominations and mixed reviews for her single. Furthermore, “Don’t Rush” also secured the twenty-fifth spot on the country chart in 2012.

We may not all agree that Clarkson’s songs are 100% country but some of it incorporated the sound of country. Hence, Clarkson is not only a pop artist but, she is also one great country artist too.

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