Columbus, OH, Palace Theater, April 10, 2005

For most 20-somethings with Howard Stern in the radio market, the biggest introduction to Kelly Clarkson comes from a bit where High Pitch Eric calls Eric the Midget pretending to be Ms. Clarkson. "Who's High Pitch," is the catchphrase from that skit. For those still in their teens and maybe early 20s, Kelly Clarkson is the American Idol who broke away from the show with several hit singles, including the break out and break free hit Ms. Independent. But while her attire, body and hair grab most of the attention, the best asset to Clarkson is often ignored, her vocal chords.

 

Playing in front of a sold-out audience at the Palace Theater, Clarkson took the stage in a deep purple light, casting her silhouette over the beanbag chairs and almost dorm-room style staging. Her hair looked great, her body looked fine, and oh yea, her hip-hugging pants and ripped-up Rolling Stones shirt was tight and cute. But forget all that, because her vocals killed the audience.

 

After moments of gathering in her look, her voice took over the theater and it was almost impossible to why she won the first season of American Idol. Because not only does she look the part of pop star, but her voice rivals most top singers. Clarkson hit the stage in force as she started the set with her current single, Since You Been Gone. But for the entire set, Clarkson was masterful at not just vocalizing her songs, but playing to the crowd. She seemed to be able to make personal contact with just about anyone close enough to see her face, as her eyes remained focused on those sitting in the seats (or standing up for that matter), and everyone felt the power of her presence.

 

For those who are Clarkson fans, the show was exactly what was expected. A pop star with a soulful voice, playing the part of the idol American voted for. But for those who were either skeptical or nonchalant about going to the show, Clarkson proved song after song that she is more than a TV show wonder or just another pretty face with a microphone in hand. Clarkson has strong vocals, and hopefully she decides to pick up the song-writing craft along her musical journey, and begins to write her own material. Although Clarkson can sing songs written by the likes of Avril Lavigne beautifully, there is nothing more special then a vocalist singing their own lyrics.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson