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North Texas will always claim – and celebrate – Kelly Clarkson, but next February, she will be treated like a queen in New Orleans, when she will ride as celebrity grand marshal when the Krewe of Endymion parade rolls on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. The krewe said she will perform at Endymion’s ball at the Superdome after the parade. Mardi Gras is Feb. 12, but more than a dozen parades roll in the week leading up to Fat Tuesday. Endymion has long been known for its large and glitzy floats, and for celebrity riders. The city is sure to be hopping: Mardi Gras will fall close to the Super Bowl, which will be played at the Superdome on Feb. 3.
At the 2012 CMA Awards on Nov. 1, Kelly Clarkson performed her new song “Don’t Rush” with Vince Gill. It is the second single from Clarkson’s upcoming greatest hits album, Greatest Hits – Chapter One. Check out the performance in the video below!
You can listen to Kelly Clarkson’s new single “Don’t Rush” featuring Vince Gill here.
Kelly Clarkson, like everyone else, is ready for some football.
The “American Idol” winner has been making powerful, woman-power anthems for a decade now, and this week, she releases one for her hometown football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Clarkson has teamed up with Pepsi to help launch the Pepsi NFL Anthems project, and she’s one of a few contemporary artists — Kid Rock (Detroit Lions), Ice Cube (Oakland Raiders) and Travie McCoy (New York Giants) — who have created fresh, new anthems to celebrate their teams.
The idea was kind of inspired by Wiz Khalifa’s big hit, “Black and Yellow,” which celebrated the Pittsburgh Steelers. (In fact, he’ll release a remixed version of that song soon.)
Starting today, Clarkson’s song “Get Up” will be available for free download at PepsiAnthems.com. Other songs will be rolled out weekly.
Playbook talks with Clarkson about this project.
You’re known for creating and recording these big anthems for women, but you’re teaming up with Pepsi to do an anthem for the Dallas Cowboys. What goes into a great anthem?
“I think a great anthem is if you sing along. It’s like a message that can translate to all different types of people. When my manager called me and he said ‘Hey, I have this opportunity to write for the Cowboys and are you interested?’ I flipped out! That night I literally wrote the song. Luckily they all liked it. I honestly can’t wait. I’m a nerd and I can’t wait to perform it at a game.”
What went into that? Did you watch any old footage? Any clips? Did you think about the Cowboys, growing up?
“Yeah — all of that came into play. I’ve been watching games since I was a baby. Cause in Texas, all we do is football, really – that and barbecue. I thought about all the things that I loved as a kid, and one of those things was the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. They were big influences because I thought that when I was a kid, I was like, ‘Oh my God! They’re so famous.’ Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are almost as famous as the Dallas Cowboys. I thought the one cool thing about the Cowboys is that when I go overseas all the time, they’re kind of the only American football team that’s really known around the world. I tried to incorporate that into this song as well. It’s very much like a cheer, like a chant and then in the choruses it’s very much that Kelly Clarkson anthem.”
You’ve performed at halftime, you’ve performed pre-games, what does it do for you to perform at these athletic events?
“I love it. I grew up in sports, so I’m a big sports fan. I just think it’s fun. It’s different from my regular tour and corporate things you do on the side. You get to go and you perform, but you also get to drink and have a hot dog and watch a great game!”
Put it out there: what are the Cowboys going to do this year?
“Well, obviously I’d like us to go to more than just the playoffs. I’d like us to actually go to the Super Bowl. I guess that’s everyone’s dream for their team, though. Right?”
So up next is this football anthem …
“Honestly, I can’t wait for them to hear this song, because I think that this is such a fun, kind of anthem song. It’s new music and my fans get excited about anything new, and I’m excited about not only just performing at the games, but on the road as well. Hopefully people get into it. I know Texans will!”
When are you going to first perform this? Home opener?
“Man, I don’t know. I’m sure all the other artists that are involved with this program are excited to perform for their home team as well. So I’m sure it’ll happen sooner than later.”
CLARKSVILLE, TENN.— Fort Campbell is sharing its wealth with Week of the Eagles events, including inviting the public to one of the biggest concert events hosted in this area: “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson’s performance, starting at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.
It’s part of a longer evening of concerts that includes Air Force Reserve Band at 5:30 p.m. and 101 Rock Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.
“We want everyone to come,” said Melissa Schaffner, marketing director for Fort Campbell’s MWR program. “Bring your children! This is a family-friendly event. Anybody who can get on Fort Campbell legally can come.”
Visitors can access Fort Campbell through gates 4 and 7 by entering the visitors station and presenting drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. The outdoor concert will be at Division Parade Field, which can accommodate up to 75,000 people.
“Bring chairs and blankets, absolutely, because Division Parade Field is grass,” Schaffner said.
Coolers are prohibited, as are any food and drinks brought from outside, but Shaffner assures that people won’t go hungry — or broke.
“There will be everything they could possibly need for sale in the field,” Schaffner said. “And we aren’t like LP Field. It’s $3 for a beer, not $9.”
Schaffner encourages even die-hard Clarkson fans to come early to hear the Air Force Reserve Band and 101 Rock Band performances, both of which will feature popular music.
This made me squeee, my two favourite girls Claire and Kelly, together!
Stars— they’re just like us!
Yeah, except that when they are a huge fan of a show, they are given a tour of the set by said show’s executive producers and gets to hang out with the cast. This is exactly what Kelly Clarkson got to do today with the CW”s Vampire Diaries!
The American Idol winner was invited to visit the show’s Atlanta set by executive creator Julie Plec, where she got to rub elbows with Mystic Falls’ finest!
Vampire Diaries star Claire Holt, who plays vampire Rebekah, snapped a picture with Clarkson, which she posted on her Twitter account. “Special visitor on set today, ” she wrote. “So great to meet you @kelly_Clarkson .”
So how did Clarkson wind up on set? Plec got to meet Clarkson after her show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last week and learned that the singer is a fan of the show. “And….as the capper to the night I just met @kelly_clarkson who it turns out is #TVDFamily,” Plec tweeted at the time. “Gonna give her a set tour next week.”
The stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta wasn’t big enough for Kelly Clarkson and The Fray’s Isaac Slade. Both artists – and Clarkson’s backup singers – ran out in the audience, only to hop up on small platforms to continue their performances closer to audience members in the “cheap seats.”
Slade even made a mad dash up one side of the amphitheater, across the front of the lawn section and back down again. Slade took the the keyboards up in the seats. And Clarkson sang several songs from these platforms, telling the crowd that when she was a kid, if she even got into a concert it was way in the back.
The crowd appreciated these efforts by the artists. Suddenly fans in the back of the amphitheatre could see the faces of their singing idols. And those farther away on the lawn could certainly appreciate the effort.
The concert became a bit emotional before Slade left the stage. He and bandmate Joe King grew up pretty close to Aurora and the movie theater where a gunman too so many lives, so it was fitting that the Denver-based band would dedicate a poriton of the concert to the victims.
Following that up with a rendition of “Georgia On My Mind” turned out to be a real crowd pleaser.
The Fray included songs from their latest recording, “Scars and Stories.”
When Kelly Clarkson came to the stage, the pitch and type of screams changed. The tone and pitch went much higher. It was a good thing it wasn’t a school night for the Fulton County kids attending, because this concert kept them out pretty late.
American Idol alum, Kelly Clarkson has not let fame go to her head since winning the very first season of the show. Instead, the Stronger singer recently proved that she has plenty of heart, and is always willing to help someone in need! Details inside…
American Idol’s Kelly Clarkson proves once again why we all love her! Recently, while in Phoenix, AZ, a stagehand was helping to get things set up for her tour, when the 57-year-old man suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and was rushed to the emergency room. The man had no health insurance, and according to TMZ, he was offered it, but did not opt to sign up for it, most likely we assume, because he could not afford it.
After the incident, a concert promoter asked Clarkson to sign a get well card for the worker, but after hearing the news, Kelly Clarkson pulled together with The Fray (who are touring with her), along with some folks in production to help the man financially. Rumor has it that Kelly and The Fray got a hold of all the cash that everyone had with them (including the production crew) and they managed to give the man a total of around $2,200.00 to put toward his medical bills – or at least the bills he will have from the hospital now.
According to TMZ, the man, who remains unnamed is still in ICU, and there has also been a trust fund set up for his family, but there has been no word as to who set that up.
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