WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Reveals She Was ‘Inebriated’ When Recording ‘You’re Drunk, Go Home’ For Kelsea Ballerini’s New Record

“I can’t actually tell that full story on TV, but it’s quite funny,” Clarkson teased.


Madeleine O’Connell

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September 30, 2022

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Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson; Photo via The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelsea Ballerini caught up with her friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Kelly Clarkson on her show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, to discuss their latest collaboration on Ballerini’s new record, Subject To Change

During her recent guest appearance, the two artists reminisced on their friendship and Clarkson revealed some new, hilarious details surrounding her recording of the upbeat track, “You’re Drunk, Go Home,” which also features Carly Pearce. 

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

“I can’t actually tell that full story on TV, but it’s quite funny, that recording day for me,” Clarkson said with a laugh. 

“I asked Kelly to be a part of my song in the morning and she went to the studio that night and did vocals,” Ballerini added. 

Without saying too much, the American Idol alum did share a few details about the night, including the fact that she had already been “celebrating” when she went into the studio to lay down her vocals.

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Clarkson prefaced her story by saying that the day Ballerini made this ask, she had already told her team she was done working and had switched her brain to vacation mode. 

“I had literally been like, ‘this has to be my last day, then I’m off.’ I was like, ‘I promised myself this summer.’”

Then, she received a text from both Ballerini and their friend and fellow songwriter, Shane McAnally letting her know about this song. 

“I was like, ‘oh, I love Kelsea. Okay, let me just listen to it.’”

That was all it took for Clarkson to realize she wanted to be a part of the amusing song, but the story doesn’t quite end there.

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“I had already been celebrating that it was my last day of work,” she began. “So I get to the studio, here, at this studio with Jason and I get in there and I’m like, ‘look, I didn’t know I was gonna be singing today.’ So I had to sing a song called, ‘You’re Drunk, Go Home,’ inebriated, trying to sing for soprano parts like I’m fine.”

She also shared that one of the tracks recorded in that session consisted of her “crying and laughing so hard, I almost peed my pants.”

“This has never happened to me. In 20 years, I’ve never been inebriated while singing something, and I am while singing ‘You’re Drunk, Go Home,’” Clarkson stated.

The “Heartfirst” singer added that there’s a special “ad-lib” in the song of Kelly Clarkson signing off in an amusing way. “It’s in there and it’s cranked. So thank you for that.”

Kelsea Ballerini - Subject To Change
Kelsea Ballerini – Subject To Change

Released on Friday (Sept. 23), this song serves as one of 15 tracks on Ballerini’s new record, Subject To Change

After keeping the two female names under wraps for weeks and leaving fans to make their own guesses, she finally revealed on Thursday (Sept. 8) that Pearce and Clarkson would be joining her.

“So, y’all have been asking for months now if there’s a collab on the album, and I’ve hinted that there is, and I did post a little sneaky picture — and you guys are spies. You did guess that it is indeed my girl Carly Pearce,” Ballerini said in the clip on Instagram. “But but but, friends, I did fool you because it is not just Carly Pearce, we have a trio. Y’all, It’s Kelly Clarkson.”

Kelsea Ballerini’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show comes in the midst of her 10-city tour following the release of her ‘90s-inspired project. Her next stop will take place in Rosemont, IL on Oct. 1.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.