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Fresh Fall Fest '17 feat. Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Julia Michaels

Thursday

Sep 14, 2017 – 7:30 PM

Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001 Map

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • James Arthur
  • Julia Michaels

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Kelly Clarkson: Kelly Clarkson is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress who has enjoyed success in the pop and rock music genres. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly-publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum sophomore album Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more rock-oriented style of music.

Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Ann Rose, a first grade teacher who is of Greek and Irish descent, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer who is of Welsh extraction. Clarkson's siblings include her brother Jason, and her sister Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents split up after seventeen years of marriage; her brother went to live with her father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and Clarkson remained with her mother. Clarkson frequently moved around Texas while her mother managed several professions in order to support the family. Clarkson has since stated that, being six years old at the time, she did not understand why her family had been constantly moving. Eventually, the family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson's mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.

Clarkson attended Fulton Middle School and Burleson High School. She originally wanted to become a marine biologist, but in seventh grade, a teacher overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training before. In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Brigadoon.

Upon graduation in 2000, Clarkson worked several occupations to finance her demo CD that she hoped to market toward record labels. She received few responses, and eventually decided to move to Hollywood to seek out other opportunities in music, one of which was a mentorship under songwriter Gerry Goffin. However, Goffin fell ill, and to make ends meet, Clarkson appeared as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That '70s Show among others. She played a small role in the 2002 film Issues 101. Following four months in Hollywood, Clarkson was discouraged when her apartment burnt down and decided to return to Texas, where she worked at a cinema, and as a cocktail waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum salesperson, and a Red Bull promoter.

bio from Wikipedia's article on Kelly Clarkson

James Arthur: Born in Middlesbrough, James Arthur began writing and performing his own music at the age of 15. As a teen, he played in numerous unsigned bands, including Cue the Drama, Save Arcade, and The James Arthur Project. In 2011, Arthur auditioned for the first season of The Voice UK, but didn't make it on to the show. However, he auditioned for The X Factor the very next year, eventually winning the competition's ninth season.

Immediately after winning the competition, Arthur's winner's song, "Impossible", became the fastest selling winner's single yet, topping the UK Singles Chart. His self-titled debut album was released in late 2013, and shot to the top of the UK Albums Chart. The album featured his winner's single, as well as the hit single "You're Nobody 'till Somebody Loves You".

Following backlash over racially charged and homophobic lyrics, Arthur took a break from performing and recording. In 2016, he released his sophomore album, Back from the Edge, which featured the chart-topping single, "Say You Won't Let Go". The song stayed at No. 1 for three consecutive weeks, and made Arthur the first male X-Factor winner to have two UK No. 1 singles. The track also became his first to chart in the US, reaching #39 on the Billboard 200.

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