It has been announced that Pop and Country superstar Kelly Clarkson has signed a long-term, worldwide deal with Atlantic Records.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career.”
Clarkson launched her recording career after winning Season 1 of the hit FOX network singing competition American Idol in 2002. Immediately following her achievement on the show, she released her debut single “A Moment Like This” on RCA Records/19 Recordings, which catapulted the singer into major stardom.
Since her introduction into the national spotlight and ascension as a bonafide pop star, Clarkson has gone on to release seven albums: Thankful (2003), Breakaway (2004), My December (2007), All I Ever Wanted (2009), Stronger (2011), Wrapped In Red (2013), and Piece By Piece (2015), resulting in 17 multi-platinum, platinum, or gold singles.
“As an artist, American Idol gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music. Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I’ve had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and their team at Atlantic Records,” said Clarkson.
Slated to release her 8th album and first on Atlantic in 2017, Clarkson is looking to take her sound in a new direction, drawing inspiration from soul and R&B music. Using the new deal as an opportunity to tap into the moods and styles of other genres, Clarkson has been performing via Facebook Live covers of classic records from Atlantic’s catalogue, including Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine,” Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Aretha Franklin’s “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
“We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here’s to the future!” Clarkson cheerfully added.
As a bonus for her fans, Clarkson released a video of the live version for her single “Tightrope,” in addition to four cover songs (Coldplay, “Fix You”; Radiohead, “Creep”; Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”; and India Arie, “Ready For Love”) currently available for download on her website www.kellyclarksonlive.com.