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Pop sensation doing all she ever wanted: music


Kelly Clarkson released her fourth album this spring. Provided by Sony Music

Kelly Clarkson gave hope to all those singer-wannabes around the world after she won American Idol in 2002 and became a Grammy Award-winning pop star. This March, she’s released her fourth album, “All I Ever Wanted.” Here are some excerpts from the JoongAng Daily’s e-mail interview with her.

Q. How did you come to name your album All I Ever Wanted?

A. It is the epitome of me. I love the soul-rock vibe of All I Ever Wanted, which is also one of the album’s songs. We ended up naming it that because it encompasses how all I ever wanted is just to do music; I love playing, singing live, recording and writing.

Describe the direction of All I Ever Wanted and your favorite song on it.

Musically, I would say this one is definitely more in your face and a dance-rock-soulful kind of thing, which is different for me. It’s very much a touring album. “All I Ever Wanted” is probably my favorite song on the record. It’s fun to sing and I’m excited about singing it on tour.

How do you stay inspired?

My lyrics are always pretty personal because you have to experience it to write about it. It’s kind of therapy for me; I go home and just sit and write what’s in my head at the time. It’s always fun to write about real things that are going on. It would be hard to put myself in shoes that I haven’t walked in.

How have you evolved since “Miss Independent”?

People say, “You’ve gotten so much better.” I really don’t think so. I think I’ve just come out of my shell more. You’re more intimidated when you’re starting out. I’m just getting more trusting when I work with people, writing with people. I never used to write with people.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’m not really a planner so I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years, but I will be singing, because that’s all I do and all I love.

By Kim Hyung-eun [hkim@joongang.co.kr]

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