There are many reasons why I love Kelly Clarkson, and here’s one of them…
Yesterday, Clive Davis’ memoir The Soundtrack of My Life came out (no pun intended)–the one where he admits to being bisexual. Well, besides coming out, he talks a lot about his career–working with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, and the list goes on. But the one thing I thought was interesting, was what he said about Kelly Clarkson. I’m talking about this blindly because I have yet to read the book, but I did read Kelly Clarkson’s blog, and she made it clear that Clive has his story twisted. I’m positive that there are two sides to every story, but it seems like Kelly has some serious venom for Clive, and doesn’t give a f*ck who knows about it! Right on, sister! Stick it to the man!
If you get the chance, you have to take a look at her blog. (click here for her post).
I’m not going to post the whole thing, just parts…
So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.
First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.
But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.
….Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.
I know that some people might say–don’t bite the hand that feeds you. And others might think she’s ungrateful, but I think she’s a badass. I do think Idol and Clive helped give her career a push, but I’m glad she’s sticking up for herself.