Kelly Clarkson’s Alter Ego: Country Singer

"I'm Both People"

Kelly Clarkson just released an album on Tuesday (March 3). Piece by Piece is all pop. Like 100 percent, straight-up pop kind of pop.

But does she have a little something going on the side? A country album, perhaps?

She does. And this is not some kind of hush-hush, is-she-or-isn’t-she industry secret. Clarkson talked openly about it in a recent story in Time.

“I’ve actually been creating both albums — a country one and this one at the same time,” she said. “I’ve been working on both projects simultaneously. I’m both people. I have everything on my iPad from country to R&B to pop to rock.”

Clarkson was contractually obligated to do one more pop album, and now that her latest project is out of the way, look out country. (But don’t think for one second her heart wasn’t in this one. She says it’s her best pop album ever because she had so much time to devote to it while she was pregnant with daughter River Rose.)

“But I will have a country album that will come out,” she said. “I always tell people I might do Broadway one day, I might do an R&B album. I just like music. It doesn’t just stop at just one genre.”

She had me at “country album.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.