Kelly Clarkson’s secret collaboration with “Today Show” host Hoda Kotb was revealed earlier today. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter crafted a heartwarming song from Kotb’s new children’s book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.” The Emmy-winning talk show posted Clarkson’s music video for the song, as well as a behind-the-scenes clip of the recording of the song on "Today's" website.
The sweet song, which is a musical representation of the book's words, has a soft, folksy feel. “I made it more like a lullaby, like James Taylor, like there’s kind of some Patty Griffin in it,” Clarkson reportedly told Hoda.
Hoda Kotb’s life was changed when she adopted her daughter, Haley Joy, last year. Per a People interview, the title for the book and song was one of the phrases Hoda wrote down in her journal of thoughts as she was “waiting and hoping and wishing for Haley.” Hoda wrote her children’s book as a love letter to Haley and it was published by HarperCollins and released on March 6.
Clarkson shares two children with her husband Brandon Blackstock and two step-children from his previous marriage. She’s written her own children’s books, which were inspired by her daughter River Rose.
The inaugural “American Idol” winner and Hoda are good friends. So, when Hoda mentioned it would be great for someone to sing the book, Clarkson was quickly on board to make it happen. Hoda was thrilled with the outcome and in the behind-the-scenes making of the song clip she said, “Haley’s gonna have a song. That’s crazy. I am going to play it for Haley in her nursey and the idea that she will hear these words is magic to me.”
The “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” track is available now via Apple and Amazon. All of NBCUniversal’s profits from each download and stream of the song will be donated to helpusadopt.org, a national 501(c)(3) financial grant program that helps couples/individuals with the cost of their adoptions by awarding grants up to $15,000.
Clarkson has been busy in her new coaching role on “The Voice” on NBC and this single follows the release of her latest single “I Don’t Think About You,” which hit radio on Feb. 13 as the second single from her Billboard 200 Top 3 album, Meaning of Life. (Listen to it in the audio version of the track embedded above).
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