It's the final Friday of the month and that means more Kelly Clarkson's diehard fans can exhale. The singer has given fans the delight of watching her perform two songs for her "Fan Requests" Facebook segment.
Since June, Clarkson has taken to Facebook Live to chat with fans and take questions about what's going on in her life: album news, the newly released book "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby." She first began the live streams to announce that was signed to a new contract with Atlantic Records, leaving her 14-year arrangement with RCA in the past. Every last Friday of the month, she and her team release soundboard recordings of cover songs she's performed on tour in a segment she calls "Fan Requests."
The Oct. 28 release via kellyclarksonlive.com are two songs from the 2012 Stronger Tour to promote the album of the same name. Clarkson has made bold choices for her cover songs. Fans suggest songs via Twitter and she and her band learn one each tour stop. One of the tracks she's chosen to give in full quality is the Ray Charles' crooner "You Don't Know Me." She starts by shouting out a diehard fan who has followed Clarkson's career since the beginning; "This is for you, Sandy." The song was performed on March 3, 2012 during the first leg of the tour in Niagara Fall, Ontario, Canada.
The second track released is the devoted "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders. Clarkson performed the track in Bethel, New York on Aug. 19, 2012 during the second North American trek. Accompanied by just her guitarist, Mr. Aben Eubanks, Clarkson coos through the track after chatting with the crowd incessantly as she so often does. "Do you think I could talk anymore," she laughed to the crowd seen in the live fan recorded video. "Well don't scream yet! It might suck, you don't know!"
Kelly Clarkson began "Fan Request" to fit in songs that fans have been wanting her to sing for many years along with one additional standard cover of her choice. It's a tradition that she has since kept for her set lists.
Soundboard recordings of "You Don't Know Me" and "I'll Stand By You" are available for free complete with artwork.