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Singer, songwriter, author and mama — Kelly Clarkson can do it all.

And what a year it has been for the superstar.

It started off with a bang as she and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed a son, Remington, back in April. “Remy,” as he’s nicknamed, joined older sister River Rose, and like little River, Remy got busy stealing hearts left and right. And perhaps, it’s those sweet babies that are inspiring Kelly in every way imaginable, from her music to her first book. Indeed, Kelly’s debut of her children’s book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby,” was released to rave reviews this year, and brought Kelly to book stores across the country to meet and greet fans.


She’s beloved by so many, especially by her country music friends and frequent collaborators. From Reba to Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill to Ronnie Dunn, and even Garth Brooks, Kelly keeps good company and is always there to lend her support and her incredible voice to her pals. She recently fan-girled out over country star Steve Wariner (can you blame her?) and put an incredibly soulful spin on Garth’s “We Shall Be Free” during a concert to celebrate Garth’s seven diamond records, and of course, it brought the house down.

And while it seems like everyone is busy telling her the kind of music she should put out, Kelly remained commited to simply listening to her gut in 2016 as she began work on a new soul album.

But the moment that might just be her performance of the year came back in February when Clarkson stopped by her old stomping grounds and appeared on the season finale of “American Idol,” where she delivered a heartbreakingly emotional performance of her single “Piece By Piece,” written to honor the love and commitment with her husband in the aftermath of a difficult childhood with her estranged father. “Idol” judge and country star Keith Urban was visibly moved to tears and shaken to the core as she poured her heart out in front of millions.

It’s that very humanity and vulnerability that makes Kelly so lovable and relatable. She’s one of us — a girl with wide eyes and a pure heart, with immeasurable talent. And no matter what anyone might say to her or about her, she perseveres and laughs it off — something we could all learn from.

She’s an ambassador in her own perfect way, bringing country music to audiences across all genres.

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