American Idol changed everything for Kelly Clarkson. After taking home the top spot on the FOX series in 2002, the powerhouse has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. But before landing hits like “Since U Been Gone” and going on tour with Maroon 5, the Texas native tried to make it on her own. After graduating from high school, she worked several jobs, and received little response when she first started sending out demos.
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