Update, September 14, 8:30 a.m.: This show has been cancelled. From the press release —
Due to instruction by several doctors, Kelly Clarkson must unfortunately cancel scheduled tour dates in Tampa, September 15th and West Palm, September 17th. All tickets will be refunded at the original point of purchase.
"So bummed that I have to cancel some of my tour dates. This kills me, but doctors are saying I need to rest my voice! I can't wait to get Healthy and see y'all back on the road soon." - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson rose to fame on American Idol, first singing “Express Yourself,” by Madonna, to the panel of three judges just weeks after her 20th birthday. She wore, during that audition, a dress she made from an old pair of jeans, saying, “I’m going to be a fashion designer if this doesn’t work out.” We all know which way that went.
These days, there are two big musical sides to her — the pop sensibility that her fans have gotten to know already and the country music auteur voice, which the world is soon to be introduced to.
In 2015, Clarkson released her latest offering, Piece by Piece, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. She told Time magazine, though, that she has been creating, simultaneously, her first country music record. “I’ve been working on both projects… I’m both people,” she said.
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Piece by Piece, which she released in early 2015, represents her signature, big, anthemic sound. Her vocal melodies are catchy and memorable. They soar like condors. She’s backed by staccato rhythms, juxtaposing the large, sweeping lyrics rolling forth, the substance of which aims to inspire especially her female fans who’ve felt, as she puts it, “broke down” and “hit the ground.”
The fair-skinned, blond-haired, megaphone-voiced wonder shows no sign of slowing down as her career continues to blossom. But she’s left the door open with so much new possibility. It’s the type of thing audiences keep their eyes open for and their ears perked. Will she debut anything new today? Will she give any clues as to the subject matter of her forthcoming country record? These are the things her fans will assuredly be wondering come mid-September.
The 32-year-old singer has defied stereotypes in the past, so it shouldn’t be any wonder that she will do it again. “I always tell people,” she told Time, “I might do Broadway one day. I might do an R&B album. I just like music.”
With Pentatonix. 7 p.m. Thursday, September 17, at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $15 to $99.50. Call 561-795-8883, or visit perfectvodka.amphitheatre-fl.com.