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Interview:
Clarkson Opening Opportunity Works For Indiana Troubadour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Jon McLaughlin’s career is anything but a “Beautiful Disaster” these days.

With a bit of buzz building thanks to that single — from his debut album “Indiana” — the Hoosier singer-songwriter finds himself on tour with inaugural “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson, full appreciative of what a high-profile break that is.

“People have asked me ... ‘Philosophically, what’s your stance on ‘American Idol,’ ” says McLaughlin, 25, who’s enjoying success in the Christian market as well as in the pop sector. “I know everybody loves the guy who works his butt off and pays his dues, but, y’know, it’s not like it’s not work to win ‘American Idol.’

“With Kelly, I really feel like she’s definitely very talented. The fact that she’s won two Grammys and sold millions of records and stuff, and especially getting to see her live ... I think she deserves it.”

Besides the notoriety — which has included performances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” — McLaughlin is also getting used to being occasionally mistaken for John McLaughlin, the British jazz fusion guitarist and former leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

“That happens somewhat often — and more and more now,” the younger McLaughlin notes. “We were in Chicago playing a show, and he happened to be playing the same night. And there were a couple of people who got their tickets mixed up — my fans who went to his show by mistake and noticed that the demographic was a little different.

“They came to where I was playing and it was sold out, but we were able to get them in, so it all worked out.”



Jon McLaughlin opens for Kelly Clarkson at 7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 28) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $39.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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