Kelly Clarkson announced that she’d signed a new, long-term deal with Atlantic Records, in June 2016, and has started working on an album influenced by soul and R&B. At a conference in Nashville, she promised: “It’s got a lot of sass — like I might beat you up with my sound,” calling the album a mixture of “urban, pop, soulful R&B. My backup singers who’ve worked with me for years said ‘It’s the first time you’ve done a record that’s, like, full-on your personality”.
Hundred lucky people got an exclusive preview of that album, “Meaning of Life” on 27th October at New York’s opulent Rainbow Room on Wednesday night. Joined by a 10-piece band — including a three-piece horn area and the three supporting singers she says above — Clarkson took off through six new melodies and a souled-up take of her 2004 hit “Walk Away,” with her powerhouse voice. During the show, she joked, “I’m sweating like a very promiscuous woman in church!”.
Just after some hours of the show, she dropped a video from the album “Love So Soft” which is directed by Dave Myers. This video provides an accurate sampling of what the new material sounds like: soulful pop with attitude. Here’s the video given below:
[Official video of ‘Love So Soft’]
Other songs performed by her included slower-tempo numbers like the gospel-inflected “Move You” and “Whole Lotta Woman”. She said, “Everybody’s different! There shouldn’t be shame on anything, whether people are too skinny or too blonde or brunette, there’s always BLEH, people talking. It’s like, ‘Are you that bored?”. The performance was introduced by Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman who are the Atlantic co-chairmen.