If you’ve seen Kelly Clarkson perform anywhere — in person or on TV — in the past year, you likely saw a different side of this Texas songbird than what she projected earlier in her career.
Becoming a mom has made Kelly a bit more emotional, a trait she laughingly blames on the new set of hormones pregnancy has introduced to her body. Her performance of the hit single “Piece by Piece,” during the final season of “American Idol,” not only brought her to tears, but also had Keith Urban visibly crying during the song. Obviously, it is an extremely personal tune that Kelly penned about her own life, but to watch her project that emotion, it’s hard to not feel her pain.
On Dec. 5, during a visit to NBC’s “Today Show,” Kelly was set to perform her track from the “Hamilton Mixtape” album — a collection of covers of songs from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” recorded by popular artists. Before she began her performance of “It’s Quiet Uptown,” she explained to hosts Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb that the song was pitched to her while she was still pregnant with her baby boy Remy.
“I was emailed the song at 1 in the morning and I was pregnant with my little boy and I had not seen ‘Hamilton.’ So, really, I’m just like a couple of weeks away from having my boy and this song is about a boy dying,” she said. “I typed back, ‘Are you serious right now? I’m so worried about a miscarriage.’ But, it was beautiful.” Kelly admitted that she’s only made it through the song once without becoming emotional, partly because she wants to be emotional, but she has had a moment where she was so overcome, no sound would come out.
She mostly makes it through “It’s Quiet Uptown” during the “Today” segment, but her voice begins to break toward the end. Of course, the consummate professional, Kelly continues to give us goose bumps with her soaring vocals, but at the very end, Kelly’s voice drops out. And, it is pure magic.
If Kelly Clarkson gives you goose bumps, too, be sure to cast your vote for her as female artist of the year in the Rare Country Awards at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.