The sometimes-country and international superstar, Kelly Clarkson, released her fifth album, Stronger, this week. The vocal powerhouse is in top form throughout the entire album providing a perfect blend of her versatile musical styles: soul, pop, country, urban, and singer-songwriter.
One of the tracks recorded by the two-time Grammy award winner was co-written by Danelle Leverett of The JaneDear Girls. Leverett penned the song, “The Sun Will Rise,” with country songwriter Kyle Jacobs. The stand-out track appears on the Stronger deluxe edition, and is sung as a duet with Clarkson and Kara DioGuardi.
The song is lyrically and melodically beautiful with Clarkson and DioGuardi’s vocals and deliverance of the song being equally as beautiful. “The Sun Will Rise” is about overcoming hardships and obstacles, and sends an inspiring message that everything will be all right. The song is one of my favorite tracks and serves as a fitting closer to the album’s theme of strength and empowerment.
Leverett posted the following heartfelt message on Facebook:
I’m in tears… Honored… Inspired… Humbled. Thank you Kelly Clarkson and Kara DioGuardi for singing a song that I wrote called “Sun Will Rise”. Two of my favorite singers singing one of my favorite songs I’ve written is a dream come true..! Kelly’s new album “Stronger” just came out so PLEASE support her and buy a copy!:) Thanks, Danelle
Also included on the album is Jason Aldean and Clarkson’s crossover mega-hit, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
In my opinion, Stronger is one of the best pop records of the last decade. Clarkson’s vocals are stellar as always and every song sounds like a potential hit. From anthems to ballads, Clarkson delivers it all in her raw, emotional style. The album has a pop throwback feel to it abandoning any auto-tune sounds or heavy production that has become commonplace for most of today’s Top 40 artists. Clarkson is a breath of fresh air in the pop world, and she has created a nearly perfect record with Stronger.
Stronger is available everywhere now.