Review: Kelly Clarkson proves her pop prowess at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
American Idol winner. Grammy winner. National Anthem singer at the Super Bowl. What else can Kelly Clarkson do to prove she's one of the top vocal talents in pop music?
On Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Clarkson ran through a decade of hits, from Breakaway to Miss Independent to Don't You Wanna Stay, aided by a video projection of Jason Aldean. Sean Daly was in the sold-out crowd, and he writes:
The 29-year-old Texan is the rare pop star who succeeds almost completely on pure, soul-kissed talent. She's one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century because she can wail almighty, with only Christina Aguilera and Adele around to match her chops. ...
Clarkson is actually a sweet, giddy young woman who talks a mile a minute and sings like God's personal crooner. Her band was way too loud and amped up for burns such as Behind These Hazel Eyes and Since U Been Gone. But when things quieted down — especially during a sort-of-acoustic medley including The Trouble With Love Is — she had the crowd testifyin' to her chops.
Photo: Douglas R. Clifford, tbt*