1982–2001: Early life and career beginnings Edit. Kelly Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (née Rose), a first grade English teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer.

Kelly Clarkson is a pop singer whose career blasted off in 2002 when she won the talent competition in the American Idol television series (hosted by Ryan Seacrest).. With a recording contract and a hit single (“A Moment Like This”), Clarkson was suddenly an international star.