American Idol OG winner, The Voice coach and talk show host Kelly Clarkson has announced When Christmas Comes Around…, her ninth studio album arriving October 15th via Atlantic Records.
The announcement comes alongside the release of Kelly’s cheeky new holiday single, “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You),” the album explores a wide range of holiday emotions and experiences anchored by Kelly’s incomparable vocal prowess.
Kelly’s newest holiday tune comes amid her contentious divorce from estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock. And as usual, the singer isn’t shying away from reacting to life’s ups and downs.
Listen to “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You) below.
“My purpose for choosing this lyric for being the title of this project was to bring forth a sense of reality to the fact that we are probably all in very different places emotionally ‘when Christmas comes around.’ ,” Kelly says in a press statement. “Some of us consumed with a new love, some of us reminded of loss, some filled with optimism for the coming new year, others elated for some much deserved time away from the chaos our work lives can sometimes bring us.”
Kelly continues: “Wherever you are, and whatever you may be experiencing, I wanted everyone to be able to connect to a message on this album. Each year you may even have a new favorite depending on where you are in your life, but while change can be unpredictable there is no better time of year, in my opinion, to breathe hope into one’s life and let possibility wander.”
The 15-track collection features a mix of new original songs and Christmas classics, alongside show-stopping collaborations with Ariana Grande (“Santa, Can’t You Hear Me”), Chris Stapleton (“Glow”) & Brett Eldredge (2020’s hit single “Under The Mistletoe”).
When Christmas Comes Around… marks the latest album from Kelly since 2017’s Meaning of Life and her second holiday offering following 2013’s Wrapped In Red. Meanwhile, this past month alone has seen the singer kick off the third season of the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Kelly Clarkson Show and return as three-time champion coach on the 21st season of The Voice.
When Christmas Comes Around… tracklist
1. Merry Christmas Baby
2. It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas
3. Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)
4. Merry Christmas (To The One I Used To Know)
5. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
6. Glow (feat. Chris Stapleton)
7. Santa Baby
8. Santa, Can’t You Hear Me (feat. Ariana Grande)
9. Last Christmas
10. Jingle Bell Rock
12. Christmas Come Early
+ previously released bonus tracks:
13. Under The Mistletoe (feat. Brett Eldredge)
14. All I Want For Christmas Is You
15. Christmas Eve