In the wake of releasing her sixth studio album, Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will be embarking on a North American tour in support of the album. The 36-date tour will be kicking off on July 11th in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and it will come to a close on September 20th in Camden, New Jersey. Joining Clarkson onstage will be the a Cappella power group, Pentatonix, and singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson.
As a working mother now, Clarkson, who gave birth to her young daughter River Rose and has two stepchildren from her husband’s previous relationships, commented that she had retrofitted her tour bus with a crib and a children’s play area. Clarkson commented, “I don’t think being a mom needs to slow you down. If anything, it just makes you more productive” and apparently more innovative. Tickets will be available for presale in the coming weeks for the first shows.
This will be Clarkson’s first tour since the 2013 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour that she co-headlined with Maroon V. She also expressed an interest in taking the tour worldwide after she finishes her American leg; however, no official dates have been released for a second leg at this time. Currently, the musician is embarked on a promotional tour across America in an effort to support the release of Piece By Piece. The original American Idol had supported the album in Europe mere weeks ago with a variety of appearances and interviews. This is Clarkson’s first album of original material since her 2011 Stronger, and her return to music has been highly anticipated.
Clarkson kicked the era off with the release of lead single “Heartbeat Song,” which was later supported with a colorful music video. In the days leading up to the album’s release, Clarkson teased fans by releasing one song at a time. The musician commented that the releases have made it possible for fans to “make an assessment of the album not based on just one single.”
Just last night (March 2nd), Clarkson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in order to promote the album release as well as to tease information about the upcoming tour. While onstage, Clarkson and Fallon poked fun at an overblown comment Clarkson made about finding duet partners. In a skit the duo worked their way through a collection of some of the most iconic duets of the past including Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and P!nk and Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason.”
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