Kelly Clarkson opens up about how a political statement inspired new music Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch/IPX
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One of the things we love most about Kelly Clarkson is her authenticity. She doesn’t mince words, whether speaking or singing, and in the process, she has become one of the most empowering voices in the music industry.

But Kelly is crediting another empowering woman for inspiring her song, “Go High.”

During the 2016 Democratic National Convention, then first lady Michelle Obama used the phrase “Whey they go low, we go high,” implying that it’s always best to take the high road.

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Kelly told “Entertainment Weekly,” “When Michelle said that I was like, ‘That is the perfect idea for this song!’ Everyone relates to that. No one has gone through life without relating to, at some point, having to take the high road.”

One person who is relating to it is Kelly’s stepdaughter, Savannah. “Someone was being cruel to her on social media — silly, stupid teenage stuff, and being just horrible behind the scenes,” Kelly explained. “It was one of those moments where you’re like, ‘That’s going to continue to happen. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are shitty people out there, unhappy people trying to bring you down because they’re not happy. You’ve just got to take the high road. I know that sucks — no one wants to hear that. You totally want to punch them in the face. But at the end of the day, you doing that is just exerting your energy. They’re not going to care either way.’”

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The reality is, Kelly knows a thing or two about taking the high road herself. The bubbly, Texas-born superstar has been the target of body-shaming by internet trolls. The singer says, “I don’t spend all my time calling people out, because it’d be a 24/7 f***ing job. ‘Your comment doesn’t bother me, but it might impact other people. I need you to know words are powerful and have weight and gravity to them.’ So that’s why I do it — but I also love being a smart-ass.”


We love it, too!

“Go High” is one of the tracks from Kelly’s upcoming album, “Meaning of Life,” which is set to drop October 27.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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