Three-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson is expected to release new music in 2017 as she puts final touches on her new album. The upcoming set is her first on Atlantic Records and is best described as an urban soul offering. She also announced another surprise on June 28 via social media. The singer will release her second installment of her children's book series based on her daughter. "River Rose and the Magical Christmas" will arrive on October 24 and is the follow-up to 2016's "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby."
Clarkson took to Facebook Live to stage a press conference where she made the announcement. River Rose was expected to join her in the spoof with an empty chair next to Clarkson, but her "diva" was taking her time getting ready for the meeting. River sat in her dressing room "touching up" her makeup for the appearance but did not make it in time.
"River Rose and the Magical Christmas" tells the story of River waiting up on Christmas Eve to hand deliver a letter to Santa about what she really wants for Christmas. She waits and waits but eventually falls asleep before Saint Nick arrives. Off in dreamland, she and her dog Joplin (Clarkson's late "soulmate" labradoodle) embark on an adventure to the North Pole to tell Santa what she really wants.
To accompany the book release, Clarkson wrote and recorded a new song, "Christmas Eve," that could have been placed on 2013's Wrapped in Red. For her previous book, she wrote a lullaby dedicated to her daughter and along with putting the sweet tune on YouTube, the doll released with the book played the lullaby by pressing on its hand.
Clarkson's first children's book "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby" became a New York Times Best Seller in its first opening weeks, another accomplishment the Nashville transplant can add to her ever growing accolades.
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