Kelly Clarkson is gearing up for the season four premiere of her talk show, but she’s also ready to deliver new music to her fans.
In an exclusive interview for this week’s cover, Clarkson reveals that he has recorded a new album, which he plans to release in 2023.
The album will mark Clarkson’s first major studio album in more than five years, following 2017’s “Meaning of Life” (the singer released a holiday album, “When Christmas Comes Around,” in 2021).
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“It’s coming out next year. And it’s an important album,” says Clarkson, “I’m working on this in therapy: Sometimes I have a hard time vocalizing what I’m feeling, so music helps me . It’s really healing. I recorded the album a lot of time”.
In recent years, Clarkson has released Christmas music and a 2022 summer album, “Kellyoke,” inspired by the popular opening segment of her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” and will release a new version in a few days. 9 to 5″ by Dolly Parton.
Clarkson says his next album is two years in the making. Her new music is inspired by the emotional journey she went through during her divorce from her husband, music manager Brandon Blackstock, with whom she shares two young children.
“When my ex and I first broke up, there were a lot of emotions. It was tough,” says Clarkson, “My producer and I were laughing yesterday because he was like, ‘Remember the time that we wrote, like, 25 songs in a week?’ There’s a lot of them on the album. I literally wrote most of them almost two years ago. Then I said to my record label, ‘I can’t talk about this until I’ve reviewed it,’ and it’s taken me. That’s one of the reasons we’ve done a lot of Christmas stuff over the last few years: because I was like, ‘Well, this is happy!'”
She continues: “I hadn’t really worked on an album until I wanted to. I was very busy. There were a lot of jobs, and I’m a single mum – well, even being married is enough, trying to fit in the kids’ schedules and all that stuff But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I had to write it And then I didn’t know if I was going to put it out, because you can be angry in So some of the songs, they definitely run the gamut of emotions; everything is on the album It’s almost like the arc of the relationship, because the beginning is so beautiful and so sweet , and then it develops. And sometimes it doesn’t change the way you want it to.”
The next album will be released on Clarkson’s label, Atlantic Records. The singer hopes to be able to return to the stage, although she will have to plan a tour schedule, since she is very busy with “The Kelly Clarkson Show” together with “The Voice”, not to mention raising children. (Also, it’s not like she doesn’t sing regularly, since “Kellyoke” sings a different song on every episode of her talk show.)
“I’m definitely going to do shows. We’re looking into it,” says Clarkson. “But when you write an album that’s so personal, it’s therapeutic to be able to get up there.”
The singer says the only way she’ll be able to do some sort of tour is during the summer, when her talk show is on hiatus: “I know there are other boys and girls who there were three breaks of this kind. you’ll be laughing at the top of your lungs: you can come and join me,” he says.
In fact, Clarkson says her fans are what inspired her to release this album in the first place.
“The reason I ended up saying, ‘I should put this out’ is because most of the songs from my career that people come to me about are stories inspired by my life and maybe that they’re going through too,” says Clarkson. Speaking of her divorce, she said: “I’m over him, but there’s someone else, and it’s hard to be, especially if you’re lonely. It’s hard to describe, it’s hard get through.” , it’s hard with kids. This record, I think I wrote it for a reason, not just for myself, but maybe someone else could benefit from it.”