Just one month after sharing her original new holiday song, “Under The Mistletoe” with Brett Eldredge, Kelly Clarkson is back with another festive recording! This time it’s a cover of the seasonal country classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” made famous by Vince Vance & the Valiants in 1989. (No, it’s not the Mariah Carey song of the same name.)
Kelly’s cover actually amplifies the song. While she stays true to the original melody and mood, Kelly’s vocals are, of course, incredible, with warmth and a bright tone. She adds in subtle country inflections and additional fun backing vocals. The music is also bolstered here, a bit more robust than the 1989 original. This is a wonderful cover, and we may even prefer this version.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” also gets an animated lyric video. It’s simple and cute, following a rolling Christmas ornament as it passes various festive scenes. Images of Christmas trees, candy canes, stockings, snowflakes, and sleighs center this in the season.
Watch the lyric video for Kelly’s cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” below:
More Holiday Music from Kelly Clarkson
This isn’t Kelly’s first time gifting fans with Christmas music, and it certainly won’t be the last. Going back to her American Idol days, Kelly sang covers of “Oh, Holy Night” and “My Grown Up Christmas List.” In 2011, she covered “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” later including it on her 2012 greatest hits compilation. Also in 2012, Kelly joined Blake Shelton on his holiday album, singing on “There’s A New Kid In Town.”
In October 2013, Kelly released her stunning Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, filled with both covers and originals. It gave us singles like “Underneath The Tree” and the title track. In 2017, Kelly shared her original holiday single, “Christmas Eve.” And just last year, Kelly joined John Legend on an updated version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Most recently, last month, Kelly teamed up with country singer Brett Eldredge for an original holiday song, “Under The Mistletoe.”
Upcoming Album Due in 2021
Kelly Clarkson is currently working on her next studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s Meaning Of Life. It will be her first following her unexpected divorce from Brandon Blackstock, for which she filed last June. As such, Kelly has stated her new album will be very personal. In recent interviews, Kelly described the new direction, and one song in particular:
This next record… this will probably be the most personal one I’ve ever released. The whole record is basically every emotion you experience from the beginning of a relationship to the end of what it is now. And it’s been very therapeutic for me. It’s very honest. There’s one that my kids sing in the car – cause I’m going through mixes – and I’m just like… this is weird. Like, it’s your relationship! I’ve never written about my life to where… My kids are, like, singing along…
Of course, her kids are only four and six, so they don’t really understand what they’re singing along to. But it sounds like the lyrics divulge a lot, and Kelly’s fans may notice the song’s meaning.
Kelly previosly released the single “I Dare You” — in multiple languages — last spring, though it’s unclear if that will still be on the album. She had also mentioned recording a mystery duet, and, at least as of May, it was expected to be the next single. But a lot has changed, and the many songs Kelly had recording prior to the divorce may no longer fit with her upcoming album.
So, when will we hear the album? Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, it’s no longer on the table for 2020. Fans will have to wait until sometime in 2021 before we’ll get the new record. After all, a lot has changed for Kelly this year, and she’s still busy with her many other jobs, too!
Enjoy Kelly’s cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and be sure to listen to her other holiday music in the coming weeks! Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson music news.
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