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Warrior Games: Blake Shelton & Kelly Clarkson

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Jul 1, 2017 – 7:00 PM

1410 South Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 Map

  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson

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Blake Shelton: Born in Ada, Oklahoma, Blake Shelton took to music from an early age. He learned to play guitar at age 12, and by the time he was 16, he was already an award-winning, amateur musician. After graduating high school, Shelton journeyed to Nashville to pursue his dreams of country music superstardom. The young singer didn’t have to wait long; his debut single, “Austin”, from his self-titled debut album shot to the top of Billboard’s Country chart, and even broke into the Top 100. The album itself quickly went platinum, and set the stage for his illustrious career.

Shelton’s third album, Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, featured two Top 10 singles (“Goodbye Time” and “Nobody But Me”), as well as the #1 smash hit single “Some Beach”. As with his debut album, Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill also went platinum. In 2007, Shelton began appearing on television singing competitions, appearing as a judge on Nashville Star. He also released his fourth album, Pure B.S., which featured the hit singles “Don’t Make Me” and “The More I Drink”. He scored another hit when the album was re-released the next year, with Michael Bublé’s cover of his song “Home”.

In 2010, Shelton released his first original E.P., Hillbilly Bone, which featured the acclaimed, self-titled duet with Trace Adkins. That same year, he also released his first “Greatest Hits” album. Shortly after the album’s release, Shelton received an invitation to join the prestigious Grand Ole Opry; he was inducted by Trace Adkins in October of 2010. Shelton released his sixth studio album, Red River Blue, in 2011. The album set the record for fastest gold certification by a male country singer, and featured a slew of #1 singles. 2011 was also the year that he became an original judge on Season 1 of The Voice, where he has become a national sensation due to his successful finalists and friendly feud with co-star Adam Levine.

In 2012, Shelton released his first Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, which topped both Holiday and Country charts. His eighth studio album, Based on a True Story, set yet another record, as Shelton gained the most #1 singles of any male country singer. His next album, Bringing in the Sunshine, topped the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum. 2016's If I'm Honest was possibly Shelton's most introspective record to date, and was heavily influenced by his tumultuous personal life in 2015. Audiences and critics responded enthusiastically, and the album has since attained gold certification. Also in 2016, the country star earned his fifth victory as a coach on The Voice, mentoring singer Sundance Head to a win in the final round.

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

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