Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stronger: Kelly Clarkson, Songwriter/Singer

She sang the 2012 Super Bowl Star Spangled Banner with grace and aplomb. Beautifully paced and on key, Kelly Clarkson (now 29) is our first American Idol sweetheart, and she has grown into a lovely young lady. The girl can sing!!!!!! Yes, I'm overusing exclamation marks because her husky voice can sing ballads with hushed bravado, and then zoom into pop anthems.

I enjoyed her Stronger tour Friday 2/10/12 at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas. It was an adoring home town crowd, and Kelly did not disappoint. From the opening number to the finale of My Life Would Suck Without You, she hit note after note. Her songwriting skills have grown and she speaks to countless young girls about heartache and rebounding, about bad reviews and recovery.

She seemed genuinely happy to be performing, and her stage patter was disarmingly charming. Fun lyrics, poppy infectious tunes - the show was a winner. Kudos to her mad vocal skills. Winning Idol was no fluke. Kelly Clarkson is a young star with a bright future. I hope she maintains her winning ways, continues writing from her heart, and continues to sing like an angel. What Will Kill You Makes You (Stronger) - amen sister.

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