Kelly Clarkson, Rhett Lawrence and Mercury
October 8, 2003

Less than a year ago Kelly Clarkson was just another cocktail waitress in Burleson, Texas with a dream. That dream became reality when Clarkson was named the very first American Idol last September.

Her fans awaited the release of her debut album, Thankful, featuring her new single "Miss Independent," which arrived in stores on April 15, 2003.

"Miss Independent" hit the radio airwaves on April 7. The single is different from Clarkson's previous offerings; it isn't a ballad like her first single "A Moment Like This." According to, Christina Aguilera and her producer Rhett Lawrence originally worked on "Miss Independent" for Aguilera's album Stripped, but ran out of time and didn't finish. Lawrence decided to donate the tune to Clarkson, since her voice is somewhat similar to Aguilera's. Before recording it, Clarkson finished co-writing the song with Lawrence to put her own touch on it. (Story from

"That single was tracked with a Marquette Audio Labs V672 Preamp (Vintage), MERCURY EQ-P Equalizer and MERCURY M66 Limiting Amplifier. It was mixed using the MERCURY EQ-P Equalizer and MERCURY M66 Limiting Amplifier. It turned out to be be a great song, a great vocal performance and a great sounding single... I am glad Mercury Recording Equipment Co. could be part of your project. Kelly's album, THANKFUL, debuted at #1... Congratulations Kelly and Rhett!"
- David Marquette, Mercury Recording Equipment Co.

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