Last November, Kelly Clarkson released the title track from her new album, Piece By Piece, as its third single. The single gave the song a remixed update, but it didn’t fully capture the emotion in the personal song. But last Thursday, a very pregnant Kelly appeared on American Idol to perform “Piece By Piece” live. The song got a stripped down piano-and-vocal makeover, matching the way Kelly performed it during her summer tour. The ballad version puts the lyrics of the song front-and-center, and everyone in the house – including American Idol judge Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson herself – was brought to tears.
“Piece By Piece” is among the most personal songs Kelly has ever written, and many describe it as a sequel to her 2005 Breakaway hit, “Because Of You.” She wrote it while pregnant with her daughter River (born in 2014) about how her own father had left her as a child. Unlike her dad, Kelly promises to be a loving mother and knows her husband will be a great father. It’s a song that many people can relate to.
But on top of that, Kelly – the original winner of American Idol back in 2002 – was back on the show for the last time. American Idol is finishing up its last season, and Kelly’s stunning performance brought her career full circle. After her breathtaking performance of “Piece By Piece” last Thursday, the song has suddenly catapulted to the top of the iTunes charts from nowhere.
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 27, 2016
In light of the new success of “Piece By Piece,” Kelly re-recorded the song with Jason Halbert on Friday, February 26th. The new “Idol Version” of “Piece By Piece” was just released; you can listen to the audio below:
“Piece By Piece” originally appeared on Kelly Clarkson’s 6th studio album of the same name, released in March 2015. You can buy Piece By Piece on iTunes now. The song was remixed for its single release, and is also available for purchase. But after hearing the gorgeous American Idol version of the song, you’ll want to pick up the new ballad studio recording of “Piece By Piece” as well.
Kelly Clarkson is pregnant with her second child, a son, due in April. Although she has already started working on her next album, she will likely take her time since she’ll be busy with two little kids – plus her two step-children. Kelly wrote a children’s book; River Rose And The Magical Lullaby will be released this October. Kelly is set to release a song for book, as well as a new song for the upcoming film The Secret Scripture. Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson news.