Kaleb Lee, who first rose to prominence during season 14 of The Voice in 2018, has just released a new single featuring Kelly Clarkson. Following his singles “Cooler Weather,” “I Need A Drink,” and “Nothin’ On You,” his next single features none other than former mentor from The Voice. “I Dream In Southern” is about as country as a song can get. It was written by brandy Clark, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally.
“I Dream In Southern” launches in with a mid-tempo beat, sweet music, and an identifiably country sliding guitar. Kaleb’s first verse contrasts himself with people who dream of things they can be and places they can. For his part, he’s content dreaming about his homeland. The chorus lists all the oh-so-southern things he loves, from blue jeans to fireflies to William Faulkner. Kelly Clarkson harmonizes with him on the choruses and second verse. Though she sings backup the whole time, her vocals are still prominent and add to the song.
Listen to Kaleb Lee and Kelly Clarkson’s new single, “I Dream In Southern,” below:
You can stream or download “I Dream In Southern” from all the major music providers here. The song will appear on Kaleb’s upcoming debut album, due out in 2020.
Kelly & Country
In 2007, there were rumors of Kelly going country for her 4th album. 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. 2010 leaks like “Mrs. Right” and “Whoever Did That Wasn’t Me” may have been recording around the time Kelly was making Stronger, if not a bit earlier.
On Kelly’s 2012 greatest hits album, she included an original country song, “Don’t Rush,” featuring Vince Gill on guitar. Then, in 2013, Kelly released a standalone 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 apparently put on hold. 2017 leaks of the songs “Feel It Coming On” and “Soap & Water” were likely from recording sessions in 2013.
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 had a full record of songs waiting to be heard.
Kelly’s elusive country album still remains to be heard. 2017’s Meaning Of Life offered up soulful pop, while Kelly’s next album – expected in 2020 – is said to be a mixture of Breakaway, Stronger, and Meaning Of Life – i.e., not so country either.
Enjoy Kaleb Lee and Kelly Clarkson’s “I Dream In Southern,” and keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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