Kelly Clarkson has all, but declared herself country. The singer calls Nashville her home for six years now, she’s dating Brandon Blackstock, a Nashville-based talent manager,Reba McEntire is his step-mom, and she has done several country duets now.
Clarkson will not be labeled as one specific genre though, “I’m not ever gonna be one thing. I want great music. I don’t care what it is. I’m not gonna record a country song just to be on country radio. I want it to be something I’d legitimately have on my album, if I’m having a pop, R&B, whatever album. I guess it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around. I don’t want to be pigeonholed.”
Her country duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” with Jason Aldean and “Don’t Rush” collaboration with Vince Gill may suggest otherwise, but her pop colleagues turned her down for any collaboration. “I have, like, 5,000 duets in country music. I don’t have one in pop. That’s legitimately because everyone turns me down. I’m not even kidding. I’ve asked sooo many artists to sing with me. Everyone legitimately turns me down! The only one that hasn’t was Chris Daughtry.” However, that duet with fellow American Idol alum was never released.
This pop country music diva is definitely feeling the love from Nashville, music-wise and personally. Clarkson gushes of her beau of eight months, “I completely fell in love. Welcome to Cheeseville! I did. I don’t know. Your priorities kind of shift and you become happier, and all that stuff. It’s probably my best accomplishment because I think, for, me, especially, I just didn’t think it would happen. It’s like one of those cheesy love songs that didn’t exist, but it does, so that’s cool.”
Her fellow pop star associates may not be jumping to work with her, but sounds like she has a good thing going. Fans can pick up her “Greatest Hits” album with all the favorites, as well as, new tunes on Monday November 19th.