In June, Kelly Clarkson announce that, after 14 years with RCA, she has signed to a Atlantic Records. Furthermore, her upcoming 7th album will move in a decidedly more soulful direction. Instead of the pop rock anthems she’s known for, Kelly will take it back to her soulful roots this time around. The “soul pop” album will be out sometime in 2017.
Last month, Kelly started sharing some studio updates as she works on the new album. This August, Kelly shared even more from the studio – including videos and song snippets! We can hear some vocals in some clips – including some lyrics. We also know some of the writers and producers Kelly is working with.
In case you wondered about Kelly’s powerhouse vocals, those should be in tip-top shape on the new album. She’s working with a vocal coach. At the beginning of August, vocal coach Diane Sheets confirmed she was working with Kelly. Her July 30th Instagram post has been removed, but here’s the picture and caption:
Another collaborator on Kelly’s next album? Hip-hop producer Diztortion. He shared a few snaps of him working with Kelly in the studio in early August. Watch as he comes up with backing vocals and teaches her how to use Snapchat.
They worked together again on August 10th:
— Diztortion Dilla (@TheDiztortion) August 10, 2016
Kelly also worked with Bobby Brass and Sammy Blues of Kuya Productions. They are best known for their R&B, pop, and hip-hop songwriting and producing. They wrote Alessia Cara’s hit, “Here,” so it’s safe to say they’ll craft something great for Kelly!
Continuing her busy month, Kelly worked with singer-songwriter Molly Kate Kestner, who is also signed to Atlantic Records.
SO much fun getting to work on @kellyclarkson's project this week. As someone who is so new to all of this, it's so inspiring to work with an artist who's not only incredibly talented but is also grounded & genuine. Also, shoutout to my team (@mynameisames @ripruth79 @gabz3003 ). Love making music with ya'll. Nashville, you've been good to us. #UntilNextTime
Thanks to Diztortion, Kelly started her own Snapchat, and almost immediately started sharing song clips from the studio. About 33 seconds into the video of her snaps below, you can hear some backing vocals. The final snap also confirms that they “finished another song”:
Here are the rest of Kelly’s August snaps (not all of them are related to new music, but most are). Listen below for some more background vocals. What’s that about a “woman’s touch”?
In addition to moving to Atlantic and recording her soulful new album, Kelly has also had plenty of other events to keep her busy. Last April, Kelly gave birth to her second child, son Remington. Her daughter River Rose was born in June 2014. Her latest single, “Piece By Piece,” features River Rose in the music video. But its American Idol performance is what took the world by storm. Kelly announced a new children’s book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby, will be out this October. Kelly also recently recorded a song for an upcoming film called The Secret Scripture.
Catch up on all we know about Kelly’s upcoming album, and keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news, too. We’re sure to get more studio updates as Kelly continues recording the new album.