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Kelly Clarkson barely gets through this heartbreaking song about loss Youtube screenshot/Kelly Clarkson
Youtube screenshot/Kelly Clarkson

Throughout her long and storied career, Kelly Clarkson has long been known to create magical music moments onstage. Yet, some stand out from the rest, thanks to how they make us feel, how they change our way of thinking and how they never seem to leave our being after just giving them one quick listen.

Kelly’s rendition of “It’s Quiet Uptown” is one of those songs.

Featured on “The Hamilton Mixtape,” Kelly delicately tells the story through song of Hamilton characters Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, who are grieving over their son’s untimely death.

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And whether you have seen the Broadway play or not, the song resonates, thanks to Kelly’s perfect delivery of the heartbreaker. While Kelly is known for being unable to make it through such emotion-packed songs, Kelly’s performance at the Live on the Honda Stage at iHeartRadio NY shows off her strength, talent and will to make it through just about anything.

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“That was the hardest song I’ve ever had to record,” Kelly said in a recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight” about the original recording of the song. “The poor producer, Jason Albert, was like — I mean, we both were just tearing up, because it was so emotional. I didn’t know what it was about. I didn’t know the story about the son. I recorded that full-on pregnant, which wasn’t easy, speaking of your diaphragm. And then singing it live is another level of emotional. It’s always that hard debate within myself like, ‘Do I shut myself off and be cold and not cry and get through the performance and technically be perfect? Or do I allow myself to feel?'”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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