Kelly Clarkson Says She Stole Her Music Director from Justin Guarini

Jill O'Rourke
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Kelly Clarkson recently shared a never-before-seen moment from her talk show. In the segment, she admitted to stealing her longtime music director Jason Halbert from American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini.


Kelly Clarkson Stole Music Director from Justin Guarini

During an interview with Randy Jackson and Michael Bublé, Clarkson shouted out her music director Jason Halbert, saying he’s the reason she has a career. She went on to share that Halbert was “hired by Randy Jackson to be in my band” back when she won American Idol.

“Actually, he was hired for Justin [Guarini], but I stole him,” Clarkson admitted, explaining that she and Halbert are both Texans, and there should be “no hard feelings.” Halbert plays in Clarkson’s band Y’all, accompanying her in her Kellyoke segments.

Clarkson called Halbert her “musical partner.” They’ve written several songs together, including “Catch My Breath” and “Cry.” Halbert won a Grammy as a record producer for Clarkson’s album Stronger, for which the singer won for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2013.


The Talk Show Recently Won at the Daytime Emmys

The Kelly Clarkson Show won seven out of the nine Daytime Emmys for which it was nominated this year. That includes an Emmy for Clarkson as Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. This is the third year in a row Clarkson has won the award.

The show also won in the Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment category for the second year in a row. Other awards honored the show’s lighting, camerawork, sound, editing, and art direction. Since its debut in 2019, the show has won 13 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Clarkson’s talk show is currently in its third season. The singer has covered hundreds of songs as part of her Kellyoke segment on the show. She recently released an EP of her favorites, which topped the iTunes album chart on the day of its release.


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