“Atlantic Records and I are making a soul record!” Kelly Clarkson told her fanbase Friday morning.
The singer fulfilled her American Idol contract with RCA last year when with the release of Piece By Piece, and began teasing a major announcement this week when she sang live covers on Facebook every day.
“What’s cool about Atlantic, too, is that they love every part of my personality,” she said. “I love the country side of me and I love the Broadway side of me and I love the pop-side of me and the soulful-side of me, and they’re really down to make whatever record I’m into which I’m super excited about.”
““We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald in a statement. “She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career.”
The singer promised that she would one day make a country record, but her forthcoming new music, which will be released in 2017, per a release from Atlantic, will be a collection of soulful covers of other Atlantic artists. Four of the songs — Radiohead’s “Creep,” Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and Indie.Arie’s “Ready For Love” — are currently available for free download on Clarkson’s new website. And this isn’t a one-time event. Clarkson promised fans there would be more freebies on the last Friday of every month.
Her entire announcement video is streaming on Facebook.