About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly


Michelle Obama's 'we go high' speech inspired new Kelly Clarkson song

Posted on

To read more on Kelly Clarkson in EW’s Fall Music Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

Kelly Clarkson’s love for Michelle Obama is already well-documented. And on her new album, she’s taking that admiration one step further with a song inspired by some of the former FLOTUS’ most famous words.

In EW’s new cover story about her upcoming soul album, Meaning of Life (out Oct. 27), Clarkson reveals that she wrote the song “Go High” after hearing Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” speech from the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

“When Michelle said that I was like, ‘That is the perfect idea for this song!'” Clarkson says. “Everyone relates to that. No one has gone through life without relating to at some point having to take the high road.”

The message also hit particularly close to home for Clarkson and her husband,Brandon Blackstock. “Even with our daughter [Savannah, 16], we just had this conversation in the car, someone was being cruel to her on social media — silly stupid teenage stuff and being just horrible behind the scenes,” Clarkson explains. “It was one of those moments where you’re like, ‘That’s going to continue to happen. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are s—ty people out there, unhappy people trying to bring you down because they’re not happy. You’ve just got to take the high road. I know that sucks — no one wants to hear that, you totally want to punch them in the face. But at the end of the day, you doing that is just exerting your energy. They’re not going to care either way.'”

Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Al Pereira/WireImage

Clarkson co-wrote “Go High” — a contemporary-souring cut that features a booming breakdown with chopped-up vocals — with longtime collaborator Jesse Shatkin and Mozella (who co-wrote “Take You High” from 2015’s Piece by Piece along with Clarkson’s new single, “Love So Soft”).

“Unlovely people do unlovely things — it’s that lesson,” Clarkson says of the track. “It’s very easy to be just as ugly or unlovely, but it’s harder to aim higher. The song is basically a one-on-one: ‘Just so you know, this is the struggle bus I’m on. This is what I go through on a daily with you around me.'”

Clarkson knows a thing or two about taking the high road — elsewhere in the cover story, she explains her viral response to a body-shaming Twitter troll who called her fat this past summer. “I don’t spend all my time calling people out, because it’d be a 24/7 f—ing job,” she says. “Your comment doesn’t bother me, but it might impact other people. I need you to know words are powerful and have weight and gravity to them. So that’s why I do it — but I also love being a smart ass.”