The Writer’s Block: Kelly Clarkson on Writing from Emotion, Her Future on ‘The Voice,’ and the Itch to Make a Country Album

The Writer’s Block: Kelly Clarkson on Writing from Emotion, Her Future on ‘The Voice,’ and the Itch to Make a Country Album

For more than 20 years, Kelly Clarkson has become one of the most influential pop stars, from the moment she won the very first season of American Idol in 2002 through her breakout single, “ Since U Been Gone ,” and on a long line of hits—”Because of You,” “My Life Would Such Without You,” “ Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) ,” and “ Piece by Piece ,” among others. Videos by American Songwriter LIVE In Studio Performance of The Great Pretender By Caitlyn Smith #music She has penned the majority of the songs within her lengthy catalog from her 2003 debut, Thankful , through her tenth album, and one of her most personal, chemistry , which was written in the midst of her painful divorce, and featuring a collective of hand-picked songwriters along with special guests Sheila E and actor, comedian (and banjo player) Steve Martin. “Sometimes I'm too empathetic, or I put myself in somebody's shoes, or I look at every side of the situation,” Clarkson recently told American Songwriter. “That can be a curse because you remove yourself and you're not thinking what you're going through. You're not thinking about you. You forget to take care of yourself as well, so my process is it out.” In between readying her big move to New York City for The Kelly Clarkson Show , and playing around with writing a Broadway show, Clarkson recently spoke to American Songwriter about her chemistry of songwriting, why she's ready to release a country album, and if her time as a coach on The Voice is coming to an end. AS: On chemistry , you worked with specific writers, including GAYLE, who initially wrote “Me.” She presented you with the song, then you reworked it to make it your own. Is there a certain switch you need to turn on when collaborating on a song in this way? KC: It's an interesting exercise, writing-wise. Even my kids and I do these storytime things at night before bed. I'll start a , then they'll pick it up, and then the next […]

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