If you’re not yet a fan of the hugely successful new Broadway musical, Hamilton, you will be soon. After record-breaking advance box office sales and award nominations, an album of some of the musical’s best songs is set to be released next month. The Hamilton Mixtape will include covers of the song by a variety of stars, ranging from Usher to Regina Spektor. We can get a taste of the new Hamilton recordings with Kelly Clarkson’s haunting cover of “It’s Quiet Uptown.” The ballad has an R&B vibe that complements the sad, unimaginable subject.
Kelly Clarkson said that recording the song was difficult. The lyrics describe the grief the musical’s characters feel after the death of their son. Incidentally, Kelly was pregnant with her second child, a son name Remy, when she recorded her cover.
Recording It's Quiet Uptown while being pregnant with my son was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. 😳😩 #HamiltonMixtape
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) November 4, 2016
Listen to Kelly’s cover of “It’s Quiet Uptown” below:
It’s on the new compilation album, The Hamilton Mixtape. The star-studded record includes performances from Alicia Keys, Sia, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, and more. Pre-order now and get an instant download of “It’s Quiet Uptown.” The album will be released on December 2nd.
You can see the full tracklist of The Hamilton Mixtape below:
- No John Trumbull (Intro) — The Roots
- My Shot (Rise Up Remix) — The Roots feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Nate Ruess
- Wrote My Way Out — Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc
- Wait For It — Usher
- An Open Letter (Interlude) — Watsky feat. Shockwave
- Satisfied – Sia feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah
- Dear Theodosia — Regina Spektor feat. Ben Folds
- Valley Forge (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda
- It’s Quiet Uptown — Kelly Clarkson
- That Would Be Enough — Alicia Keys
- Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) — K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
- You’ll Be Back — Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
- Helpless — Ashanti feat. Ja Rule
- Take A Break (Interlude) — !llmind
- Say Yes To This — Jill Scott
- Congratulations — Dessa
- Burn — Andra Day
- Stay Alive (Interlude) — J.PERIOD and Stro Elliot
- Slavery Battle (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
- History Has Its Eyes On You — John Legend
- Who Tells Your Story — The Roots feat. Common and Ingrid Michaelson
- Dear Theodosia (Reprise) — Chance The Rapper and Francis and The Lights
Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson is currently recording her upcoming 7th album and her first with Atlantic Records. She says it will be a soulful record rather than the rock pop fans are used to hearing from her. The album is expected out next spring. Kelly also just released her first children’s book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.