For Kelly Clarkson, the search for the “Meaning of Life” ends with an old flame.
Clarkson released the title track to her upcoming album Meaning of Life today (Oct. 19), and the song — a doo-wop-tinged belter about an estranged lover — is as triumphant as we’ve come to expect from the pop star. She sings about yearning for how things used to be, and how much better they made her feel: “All I do is think of you and I/ Suddenly the wrongs, they start to feel so right.”
“’Meaning of Life’ is the song that started this entire project,” Clarkson explained in a statement. “The vibe, soul, and message of this song was very critical to show other writers and producers of the new direction we were taking.”
The new album will be her first with Atlantic Records, and Clarkson has recruited an All-Star team of songwriters and producers for the project, including past collaborators Jesse Shatkin and Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin. She’s even joined by members of Earth, Wind, & Fire on album cut “Whole Lotta Woman.”
Clarkson has also been releasing videos of her performing songs from the album in Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium in a series called her “Nashville Sessions.” Check out the one for “Meaning of Life” below.
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Meaning of Life is out October 27th.