LISTEN: Kelly Clarkson and Chris Stapleton ‘Glow’ on Soulful New Duet
Superstars Kelly Clarkson and Chris Stapleton just released a collaboration that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face…
Kelly Clarkson; Photo via NBC, Chris Stapleton; Photo by Getty Images for CMT
The superstars joined forces for their first-ever duet, “Glow,” a Christmas song that finds the vocalists trading verses before flawlessly harmonizing during the track’s chorus.
“Nothing has changed, I still wish you could be / Wrapped up in my arms, spending Christmas with me / When it gets cold is when I notice the most / With all the lights on the trees, even Christmas can’t compete with your glow,” Clarkson and Stapleton sing on the chorus.
“I have the funniest story that I actually haven’t told anyone yet, but I was so excited and so excited [that] he turned it around so fast, and I honestly wasn’t expecting him to say yes,” Clarkson admitted. ”I just feel like everybody asks him to sing, and I get really nervous asking because I’ve been turned down a lot with singing with people. So, I got really nervous, but I was so excited he said yes, and like I said he turned the music around so quickly and his voice is just magical.”
Clarkson continued to tell Bones, “But I made this whole video outside of [a] studio because I was listening to [the song] when I got it. And I literally sounded like a child on a rollercoaster when I made this video and I sent it to Chris. I was like just so happy because it just sounded so amazing.”
After texting Stapleton a video of herself losing her mind over the duet, The Voice coach says she “didn’t hear” back from the “Starting Over” singer, and she was worried she made herself look like a “stage five clinger.”
The Emmy-award winning star and Texas native then gushed over Stapleton’s vocal talent.
“I literally was so happy, I think there are few artists… I love a lot of artists… But there are a few artists that really move me and make me want to be a better singer and make me want to do better and inspire me creatively,” Clarkson admitted. ”And he has been since before everyone knew him. When we were both at some event, and I think he was playing with The SteelDrivers, and I was like ‘who the hell is this’ and since that moment I remember sitting at the Grand Ole Opry [in my] seat and going ‘oh my God this guy is like one of the most talented singers I’ve ever heard.’ I’m so excited, I mean, he’s had such an amazing career and also that his amazing voice is harmonizing with mine.”
While the two singers have never collaborated before, they did both lend their vocals to the Trolls 2 Soundtrack in March 2020.
In addition to Stapleton, the just-released Christmas project also features duets with Brett Eldredge, and Ariana Grande.
When Christmas Comes Around… arrived on October 15 via Atlantic Records and features 15-tracks, including the project’s lead single “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).” In addition to original songs, the holiday album also includes covers of classic country hits like “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Last Christmas” amongst many others.
The holiday project marks Clarkson’s ninth studio album overall and her second holiday project since the release of 2013’s Wrapped In Red and her first new album since 2017’s Meaning Of Life.
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.