Kelly Clarkson to star in holiday special timed to the release of album When Christmas Comes Around


Country music singer Kelly Clarkson is already in the Christmas spirit.

On Friday it was announced that the 39-year-old singer will star in a holiday TV special that will hit the air on December 1. 

The show will be timed to the release of the chart-topper’s new holiday album, the Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around. 

Merry days ahead: Country music singer Kelly Clarkson is already in the Christmas spirit. On Friday it was announced that the 39-year-old singer will star in a holiday TV special that will hit the air on December 1. Seen in 2020

Merry days ahead: Country music singer Kelly Clarkson is already in the Christmas spirit. On Friday it was announced that the 39-year-old singer will star in a holiday TV special that will hit the air on December 1. Seen in 2020

The special will be filled with Clarkson’s new original songs as well as a curated list of iconic classics, dancing, superstar performances featuring My Band Y’All with a streamlined modern orchestra and remarkable duets. 

The stage at Universal Studios Hollywood will be designed to evoke timeless Christmas themes inspired by the power of song that change the viewers’ point of view – from fantastical worlds of being underneath the tree to a forest lit by the Northern Lights.

Brett Eldredge, Ariana Grande, Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Odom Jr., Amy Poehler and the one-and-only Santa Claus will join Clarkson.

Cheerful: The show will be timed to the release of the chart-topper's new holiday album, the Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around. Seen in 2016

Cheerful: The show will be timed to the release of the chart-topper’s new holiday album, the Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around. Seen in 2016

Kelly Clarkson remarked: ‘People celebrate the holidays in different ways and that is the inspiration behind the original songs and the curated classics that are featured in this special. 

No matter what your heart is feeling this holiday season, I hope that this hour brings you joy and happiness exactly where you are.’ Alex Duda and Kelly Clarkson are executive producers. Emmy winner Joe Terry directs.

The original music featured in the special is from ‘When Christmas Comes Around…,’ Clarkson’s ninth studio album, available now via Atlantic Records. The 15-track collection sees Clarkson reunite with long-time collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and more for a mix of new original songs and Christmas classics. From the inspiring duet ‘Santa, Can’t You Hear Me,’ featuring Ariana Grande, to the hauntingly beautiful ballad ‘Merry Christmas (to the One I Used to Know), ‘When Christmas Comes Around…’ explores a wide range of holiday emotions and experiences anchored by Clarkson’s vocal prowess. 

Festive: The special will be filled with Clarkson's new original songs as well as a curated list of iconic classics, dancing, superstar performances featuring My Band Y'All with a streamlined modern orchestra and remarkable duets. Seen in 2020

Festive: The special will be filled with Clarkson’s new original songs as well as a curated list of iconic classics, dancing, superstar performances featuring My Band Y’All with a streamlined modern orchestra and remarkable duets. Seen in 2020

The album also features cheerful standout ‘Glow,’ featuring Chris Stapleton, and the fabulously bold lead single ‘Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).’ ‘Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around’ is made possible by brand partner Wayfair, the one-stop shop for everything home. 

As part of their collaboration with the episode, Wayfair will be generously donating a reward to a deserving organization that helps support communities in need.

The special was also made possible by H.E.B, who were proud to donate to a local Texas story featured on the special.

Her pals: Brett Eldredge, Ariana Grande, Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Odom Jr., Amy Poehler and the one-and-only Santa Claus will join Clarkson

Her pals: Brett Eldredge, Ariana Grande, Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Odom Jr., Amy Poehler and the one-and-only Santa Claus will join Clarkson

Clarkson is one of the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 40 million singles. 

She is currently serving as a coach on season 21 of NBC’s multi-Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, The Voice, while also filming the third season of her own multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show.

The crooner recently released her ninth studio album ‘When Christmas Comes Around…,’ her latest since 2017’s critically acclaimed Grammy-nominated album ‘Meaning of Life’ and second holiday offering following 2013’s ‘Wrapped in Red.’ 

Xmas fun: The crooner recently released her ninth studio album 'When Christmas Comes Around…,' her latest since 2017's critically acclaimed Grammy-nominated album 'Meaning of Life' and second holiday offering following 2013's 'Wrapped in Red.' Seen in 2017

Xmas fun: The crooner recently released her ninth studio album ‘When Christmas Comes Around…,’ her latest since 2017’s critically acclaimed Grammy-nominated album ‘Meaning of Life’ and second holiday offering following 2013’s ‘Wrapped in Red.’ Seen in 2017

The 15-track collection, featuring a mix of new original songs and Christmas classics, sees Clarkson explore a wide range of holiday emotions and experiences anchored by her incomparable vocal prowess.

The Texas-born singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of ‘American Idol.’ Clarkson’s debut single, ‘A Moment Like This,’ followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S.

Further, Clarkson is one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as ‘Miss Independent’ and ‘Because of You.’

Hit show: She is currently serving as a coach on season 21 of NBC's multi-Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, The Voice. From left, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Clarkson and Blake Shelton

Hit show: She is currently serving as a coach on season 21 of NBC’s multi-Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, The Voice. From left, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Clarkson and Blake Shelton

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