Kelly Clarkson has nothing but love for the former FLOTUS. On her upcoming album Meaning of Life, Clarkson used Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” speech from the 2016 Democratic National Convention as inspiration for the song “Go High.”
“When Michelle said that I was like, ‘That is the perfect idea for this song!’” Clarkson told Entertainment Weekly in a recent cover story. “Everyone relates to that. No one has gone through life without relating to at some point having to take the high road.” Clarkson revealed her appreciation for the speech while sharing an anecdote about teaching her stepdaughter how to shake off online hate.
“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 recalled. “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.’”
Clarkson teamed up with Jesse Shatkin and MoZella (co-writers of “Take You High” and recent single “Love So Soft”) for this inspiring new track. “Go High” puts music to Clarkson’s experience of taking the high road. “Unlovely people do unlovely things — it’s that lesson,” Clarkson told the magazine, adding, “It’s very easy to be just as ugly or unlovely, but it’s harder to aim higher.”
The singer put action behind those words this past summer when she went viral for shutting down a body-shaming Twitter troll. After the troll called her fat in a now deleted tweet, Clarkson simply replied “…and still f—ing awesome,” pointing out later that she can’t spend all her time calling people out “because it’d be a 24/7 f—ing job.”
Meaning of Life will be released on Oct. 27.