RCA recording artist, and pop music superstar, Kelly Clarkson is pretty excited about releasing her own single to country radio. Kelly, who previously released two country duets – one with Reba McEntire and one with Jason Aldean – is releasing a solo single to country radio for the first time.
“Mr Know It All” was the first single released from Kelly’s “Stronger” album to pop radio last year, but she re-recorded it with Dan Huff for country. It’s a co-write by Brett James, Brian Seals, Ester Dean and Dante Jones. It’s one of the most added song on Billboard’s Country Singles Chart and Country Aircheck today.
“Believability is my favorite part about music, from the artists to the musicians,” says Clarkson. “And believability is certainly what draws me, and I’m sure a lot of other people, to country music. The strong lyrics and melodies exude honesty and I think people are always drawn to authenticity.”
For some fans who doubt Kelly’s country pedigree, she wants to let it be known that she isn’t just another pop star trying to crossover. She’s always been a country fan and credits her home state for her love of the genre:
“I was born and raised in Texas and I’ve always been a huge country music fan,” reflects Kelly. “In fact, when I was on the first season of American Idol, I begged them to do a country week but they didn’t do that until the second season. I really wanted to sing Reba’s ‘Why Haven’t I Heard From You.’ The sassy female vocalists of country music really inspire me as an artist, namely Reba, Miranda, Dolly and Loretta. Their soulful grit captivates me.”
Kelly loves songwriting, which she believes she has in common with country music fans:
“As a songwriter, lyrics are really important to me,” Kelly continues. “Even when I was a little girl singing into my hairbrush in my room, pretending I was on a stage, the lyrics were what I really paid attention to. I was only sixteen years old when I wrote ‘Because of You’ and sadly enough, that song is a true story. When Reba wanted to record that song as a duet, it was such an honor and a dream come true for me. That was my first introduction into working in country music. Then, I got to record ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ with Jason Aldean and it was such an awesome experience. I can’t believe we’ve won two awards for that collaboration. I feel extremely lucky that the country audience has been so welcoming to me.”
See what else Kelly has to say about her new country release, and a picture of her with her promo staff, below:
“At this point in my career, it just felt natural to release a different version of ‘Mr. Know It All’ to country radio,” says Clarkson. “I was so excited when my manager, Narvel Blackstock, told me that Dann Huff was going to produce the new track. I have been a fan of Dann’s for years and he is so talented. Our goal was to create a sassy, soulful vibe. I really hope people like this new version of the song.”