Kelly Clarkson has had more than her fair share of leaked demoes in her career. This week, we got two more, this time evidently from her scrapped country album. In 2013, Kelly released “Tie It Up,” originally meant to be the first single from a country record. Other than a live performance of “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” that’s all we got. Until now, that is! We can now hear the full versions of “Feel It Coming On” and “Soap & Water.”
On Thursday, August 11th, a country ballad called “Feel It Coming On” leaked first. We’d heard a snippet of it earlier this year, and her emotive vocals were particularly impressive. It’s a sad and soulful ballad about expecting a breakup. It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Hear the forlorn song below:
On Friday the 12th, “Soap & Water” appeared online, too. Again, we’d heard a snippet back in January, and the full version is just as energetic and rock-tinged. It’s more comparable to “Tie It Up,” but instead of a giddy love song about wedding cakes and cathedral bells, it’s a bitter breakup anthem. Listen below:
In 2007, there were rumors of Kelly going country for her 4th album, the follow up to My December. A few songs leaked that suggested the more country sound – “Close Your Eyes,” “One Day,” and “With A Little Bit Of Luck.” However, All I Ever Wanted was anything but country.
Kelly joined country star Jason Aldean on his 2010 single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” That song also appeared on the deluxe edition of Kelly’s 5th album, Stronger. That album’s first single, “Mr. Know It All,” was re-released with country production in 2012. Meanwhile, the album’s closing track, “Breaking Your Own Heart,” also sounded a bit country.
In 2013, Kelly released her first original country single, “Tie It Up.” At the time, she announced that it was the first single from her upcoming country album. However, after her holiday album Wrapped In Red dropped that year, Kelly became pregnant with her first child and the album was put on hold.
In 2015, Kelly released her 6th studio album, Piece By Piece. The songs weren’t country (though the closing track, “Good Goes The Bye,” started out that way), but Kelly promised interviewers that a country album was still ready for release. Apparently she has a full record of songs waiting to be heard.
Given all that, “Feel It Coming On” and “Soap & Water” were likely from recording sessions in 2013. On the other hand, they could have originated as earlier demoes. 2010 leaks like “Mrs. Right” and “Whoever Did That Wasn’t Me” possessed the twang and story-telling we’d expect from Kelly’s elusive country album.
These aren’t Kelly’s first leaks. In 2010 and 2011, dozens of songs spanning her career appeared online. Last year, three Stronger era demoes leaked: “Break The Silence,” “We Own The Night,” and “One More Yesterday” featuring Chris Daughtry.
Meanwhile, Kelly is getting ready to release a brand new album! It won’t be country, though. Instead, Kelly has excitedly revealed that it will be soulful, urban, R&B, and ’90s-influenced. Last summer, after 14 years with RCA, Kelly announced her move to Atlantic Records. Over the last year, Kelly shared tons of song clips, videos, and photos from the studio. We also learned about many different songwriters involved in the new record. Now, a full year after her initial announcement, it looks like Kelly is just about ready to release the new music.
Kelly’s new album will most likely be out around October. A first single should be released in the next month. Catch up on all we know about Kelly’s upcoming album, and keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news. She’s nearly done with the album, and we’ll certainly get news about a single and the record soon!
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