FIRST LISTEN: Kelly Clarkson’s New Country Single “Tie It Up” (STUDIO VERSION)!

Check out the studio version of Kelly Clarkson’s new country single, “Tie It Up”!

Written by Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne, the single is a boisterous nod to Kelly’s upcoming wedding to Brandon Blackstock, which is rumored to be set for October 20th this year. “Tie It Up” is a rhythmic pop/rocker whose chorus mixes in a little banjo and, in a fun touch, some wedding bells behind a rocking vocal, and also features a banjo solo to emphasize Kelly’s outreach to the country world.

Kelly debuted “Tie It Up” live during the LP Field concerts during CMA Fest, under the stress of not knowing where she had misplaced her engagement ring (she later tweeted that she had found it). Kelly’s team is currently collecting fan wedding photos for inclusion in the lyric video for “Tie It Up.” “Tie It Up” goes for country radio adds on 7/8 according to All Access.

What do you think of “Tie It Up”? Does it have what it takes to be Kelly’s 1st solo t20 hit at country radio?

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  • matt89

    Certainly more country than Cassadee, I think it could chart well.

  • All In Spare Time

    I think this song is super-fun, and she sounds AMAZING on it. Go Kelly!

  • Anny_nanny

    I like it.

  • september21

    I love Kelly as much as Brandon probably. I like anything she does because it’s Kelly not because of the song exactly. Just seems like the second poor man’s version of something. 1st being People Like Us extracted from Raise your Glass. This being extracted from Put a Ring on It. I don’t hate it…

  • Rand

    This song is the furthest thing from ‘Put a ring on it’.

  • Sammy

    The thing with Kelly is, whatever she sings, you believe it. Something about the way she interprets the song. She “lives” it.

  • lollamape

    I really love this. super fun, catchy and of course Kelly always sounds amazing..

  • LongKissGoodnight

    I really enjoy this song, but the flow of it so painfully similar to “You Oughta Know” I kind of having trouble listening to Kelly without Alanis lyrics going through my head. Amusing considering that the massages of this two songs are like Yin and Yang. Though (in theory) could be directed at the same male character.

  • Jason

    Raise your glass and People Like Us have completely different production. It’s actually more like “Try” if you want to choose a P!nk song that is similar in sound.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Get a “ring on it” vibe as well. Cute, lively song, but nothing exceptional for Kelly.

  • remulack

    FANTASTIC! I love it. Hopefully Country, Pop, Hot AC and AC will gobble up this song. It’s so good.

  • b_james

    I really like it. Go Kelly!

  • Madilo

    Don’t know what i think of the song right now. Sure not the same as most of you. She just should stay in the POP genre IMO.

  • Face

    to me this has a real Sheryl Crow vibe… very rock/blues/country/pop… I like it!

  • KellyC

    I really think this song will do well on country radio. It’s upbeat and sassy and Kelly is sounding awesome – so what’s new!!! Love the song.

  • FinalFantasy13

    i dont know why but sometimes i get her voice and pinks confused.

  • remulack

    Both have great open voices, but I don’t think their tone is like one another at all.

  • chillj

    You are right; there are similarities I didn’t notice at first.

  • chillj

    You obviously did not watch her season on Idol. I didn’t, either, and I used to confuse her on radio – although not with Pink. I always thought “whoever” she was had a nice voice. Her songs usually feel familiar to me, if not an outright anthem, then with anthemic hints. This song, too, uses some familiar techniques.

  • Nicanor Alex Ramos

    I love final fantasy 13

  • Ronnie D

    This is a song that would fit Gretchen Wilson or someone like that. Kelly doesn’t really have a “country” voice to me. Ugh, I will stop myself now so I don’t offend any fans. lol

  • Ronnie D

    She does sound a little like Pink especially in the chorus.

  • Ronnie D

    I literally thought of Alanis when I was listening to it as well lol.

  • Jake W.

    I totally agree that she needs to stay in the pop genre. I don’t care for this song at all.

  • Nicanor Alex Ramos

    she’s texan, she even has the accent when she speaks.

  • Ronnie D

    According to the album cover she is interpreting marriage as being “tied” to someone with rope. I bet her life would suck without her fiance, then she would be so moving on. lol I can’t help but find her still a bit childish. Especially since in her last video she was trying to be all serious. I dunno, just turns me off I guess.

  • Ronnie D

    Kelly does? I never noticed an accent.

  • curly_yenta

    Of course it’ll make the Top 20 in country. We all know that position on the charts is 10% about the song and 90% on money and connections.

  • mtlfan2

    New hit for Kelly!! :)
    I really like the track ; she sounds sooo good … she sounds Kelly clarkson

  • Ari

    When is it being released? It sounds pretty close to every other Kelly song.

  • teacup

    This doesn’t work for me. I’ll never see Kelly as a country artist.

  • september21

    I don’t mean it sounds anything like either song – I meant the words/story.

  • ellen8

    “outreach to country world” is right on because I hear only a small hint of country. I can imagine line dancing to it !!

    You called it – “rhythmic/pop rock”. I don’t know about country radio but I see no problem with it going Top 40.

  • ellen8

    I heard country when Kelly sang Patsy Cline. But not this. I don’t even hear where this song would be suited to a pure country voice.
    Like Miranda – don’t think her voice would fit this. voice

  • Tammy Luebrecht

    The music sounds country but Kelly sounds like a pop rocker trying too hard to sound country…if that makes sense. Just because she’s from Texas doesn’t mean she should be a country singer.

  • Gina

    Sounds great. I can see this becoming a multi format smash. Go Country Kelly!!!

  • Sammy

    The right word is “passionate”. Every aspect of Kelly’s life, she’s really into it. Take this song for example. Sometimes I cringe at the statements she makes, but that’s what true artists are. They are into the moment.

  • Sammy

    lol, you haven’t seen countless interviews in the past where she would just unconsciously switch into her country accent. She’s more country than Keith Urban and Shania Twain combined. I still don’t understand why those two are considered country.

  • CB40

    This is awesome, another honest lyric and kickass vocal from Kelly!

  • Gina

    I don’t think Kelly is “trying too hard to sound country”. I think she sounds like she always sounds. What you hear is what her voice sounds like. I think she does great singing country. She gets right into it and tells the story perfectly.

  • Gina

    I am so lost on the “childish” part. Are you saying the single cover photo is somehow childish?

  • Chris

    Another pure pop pop/rock song with a little bit of banjo added. The label is trying to use country radio for another cash grab. How about playing more actual country women instead, and last I checked pop radio isn’t playing anything nearly as country as this is pop.

  • Chris

    More country than Cassadee ain’t saying much lol and the only songs Kelly has released that are more country are duets with country artists.

  • CowboyRob

    Sounds great. Sounds like The Band Perry type of styling. country rock.

  • Ronnie D

    I think Kelly comes off childish sometimes, Maybe it’s just how her personality is.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I laughed when I saw the single cover and didn’t take it as a serious expression of what Kelly thinks marriage is all about. I really don’t think that it was intended to be taken seriously. lol

  • Gina

    Maybe it’s just that you don’t like I seriously doubt that she’s into bondage because she’s tied to Brandon in that picture.

  • Guest

    Really? They have completely different voices. I don’t know how you could mix them up.

  • Gina

    Do you have a specific reason for why she should stay in the Pop genre?

  • remulack

    the story of both songs aren’t even the only thing they have in common lyrically is the use of the word “ring” and that word has completely a different meaning in each song. In Kelly’s “ring”, it’s talking about the “ring” (sound) of his name. In Beyonce’s “ring” it’s talking about an actual ring. Nothing else about the song is remotely similar.

  • Beaugard Stevens

    Because the melody of this and “You Oughta Know” are very much alike

  • Beaugard Stevens

    I love Kelly, but I hate this. First, the only memorable part sounds just like “You Ought’a Know” and the rest is just shouting, it wouldn’t even sound very country if it didn’t have a banjo in it. This makes her look like a country wannabe instead of a real artist.

  • Gina

    I see my response was deleted by management. Is it a personal attack to say someone sounds like they just don’t like Kelly? I don’t think it is, I think it’s an accurate observation and could very well be the reason for such negative posts that have nothing to do with the subject matter.