Being isolated for an extended period of time has helped some musicians get their creative juices flowing, and Kelly Clarkson is definitely one of them.
On Thursday (April 16), the songstress unleashed a brand new track titled “I Dare You.” The three-and-a-half-minute track was penned by Natalie Hemby (The Highwomen, Kacey Musgraves), Laura Veltz (Dan + Shay, Maren Morris), and Ben West (P!nk, Lady Antebellum). The new tune was produced by Clarkson’s longtime collaborator Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Jennifer Lopez).
In a press statement, Clarkson reveals that the song is “a sensational anthem of resilience by way of love and positivity.”
Because Clarkson likes to go beyond what is expected, she also revealed that she joined forces with singers from around the world to create multilingual duet versions of the track.
You see. We weren’t kidding when we said she goes up and beyond.
The five-track collection finds Clarkson collaborating with Zaz (“Appelle Ton Amour” – French Version), Faouzia (“كنتحداك” – Arabic Version), Blas Cantó (“Te Reto A Amar” – Spanish Version), Glasperlenspiel (“Trau Dich” – German Version), and Maya Buskila (“בוא נראה” – Hebrew Version).
“This is my favorite/hardest project that I’ve ever worked on,” Clarkson explains.
“It has always been a dream of mine, as I grew up singing in different languages, to find that perfect song, with the perfect message, to connect us all globally and then record that song with several other artists around the world in their native languages.
We have put a lot of work into this as a team and decided to continue with our release date of this project because we feel like we all couldn’t be more connected right now across the world, and maybe this message will bring a little hope in this sometimes dark, and isolating time. Thank you so much to all the artists that worked on this with me. We hope everyone out there connects with this message and chooses love instead of fear. I dare you.”
Check out Clarkson’s mega-mix of “I Dare You,” featuring all her collaborators above.
While we’re not sure what the state of music is going to be in a few weeks, let alone a few months, it looks like Clarkson is still set to host the Billboard Music Awards for the third consecutive year.
If that’s not enough, Clarkson announced last year that she will be joining the long list of musicians who have taken the Las Vegas residency route. Clarkson’s show, Kelly Clarkson: Invincible, will begin on July 29 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.