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Kelly Clarkson Piece By Piece (Idol Version) ...



The song's seeds were first planted when Clarkson sat down with her sister and began discussing their childhood. She would go on to co-write the song with producer Greg Kurstin. But instead of a pure lament about the love she never got from her father, Clarkson shifted the song to focus on all the good her husband has brought to her life. In every way her father failed her, her husband has put her back together. "Piece by piece, he restored my faith/ That a man can be kind and a father could stay," she sings on the heart wrenching chorus.




Kelly Clarkson Piece By Piece (Idol Version) ...



Recording has rarely come easy for Kelly Clarkson. The classic example of this trouble is My December, the album where she attempted to break away from her American Idol benefactors to find her own way, but 2015's Piece by Piece bears signs of a potentially rocky creation. At the very least, its gleaming surface is evidence that during the four-year hiatus between 2011's Stronger and this 2015 release, she and 19/BMG spent considerable time figuring out which direction she should pursue as she entered the second phase of her career. Instead of consolidating the assured mature pop of Stronger, Piece by Piece refurbishes Kelly, piling on EDM affectations and finding her singing cuts co-written by such successful contemporary pop hitmakers as Sia ("Invincible"), Matthew Koma ("Someone"), and MoZella ("Take You High") on an album largely produced by Greg Kurstin, who has had hits with Sia, Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, and Lily Allen. Previously, Kurstin proved to be a good fit for Kelly -- he produced three cuts on Stronger, including its title track -- but Piece by Piece often makes the cardinal mistake of so many botched albums by pop divas: it places the emphasis on sound, not song. This decision tends to submerge Clarkson, who performs as powerfully as ever but is nevertheless overwhelmed by skittish beats, fragmented samples, and electronic sheen. Her receding presence unfortunately is mirrored by the lack of songwriting credits -- she has just three on the standard edition of the album, half of what she had last time around -- and it's also not true that only the tunes she had a hand with are the ones that work: Sia's "Let Your Tears Fall" has an appealing nocturnal pulse, "Good Goes the Bye" floats upon its percolating beats, and "Nostalgic" is a nifty piece of neo-new wave. These cuts, along with the title track, manage to strike the right balance of Kelly's indomitable character and fresh electronic beats but overall Piece by Piece sounds a shade too desperate, which means it winds up having the opposite effect than intended: instead of sounding like a new start, Clarkson sounds a little bit behind the times.


Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea)Daniel Quadrino (Wicked, Newsies)Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights)Ciara Renée (The CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow' The Hunchback of Notre Dame)Krysta Rodriguez (ABC's Trial and Error, NBC's Smash)Introducing Nathan SalstoneStephanie Torns (Waitress, Wicked)Josh Tolle (Kinky Boots)Jenna Ushkowitz (Waitress, FOX's 'Glee')Note: Final casting subject to change.The band will include David Cinquegrana and Justin Goldner on guitar, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello, Alexandra Eckhardt on bass, Jared Schonig on drums, and music director Benjamin Rauhala on piano, with Lacey Angerosa, Sean Doherty, and Rachel Mackenzie on background vocals.Broadway Loves Kelly Clarkson is the eighth concert in the Broadway Loves series, which previously celebrated the music of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Sam Smith, the Spice Girls, and Mariah Carey.Broadway Loves Kelly Clarkson will be presented on April 3rd, 2017 for two performances only - at 7:00PM and 9:30PM. Ticket prices start at $35 with a $25 food and beverage minimum. Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (646) 476-3551 or visit 54below.com/events/broadway-loves-kelly-clarkson. 041b061a72


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