Listen to the juiced up version of Clarkson’s album title track.


Your love isn’t free – it has to be earned.

Kelly Clarkson might’ve cancelled her Piece By Piece Tour due to doctor’s orders to remain on strict vocal rest, but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoned her latest studio effort.

Clarkson sent another single to radio, the album title track “Piece By Piece.” We don’t say this often, but the radio edit is far better than the original on the record. They added a punchy beat and changed around the intro which makes for a better listen. Though, the song does have a serious undertone.

The song was inspired by a conversation Clarkson had with her sister about their family life growing up.

“From my experience as a child, going through a couple marriages with my mom, I never had a man stick around,” Clarkson told Ryan Seacrest earlier this year. “Whenever people said, ‘I’m in love,’ it didn’t really hold very much weight or gravity with me … I didn’t realize how much that affected me as much as it did until I met Brandon and I fell in love. I was like, ‘Wow, this is a completely different feeling.’ I didn’t know what I was missing. I wrote ‘Piece by Piece‘ about a conversation I had with my sister about that.”

“My husband came into my life and he was the complete opposite of how my father was,” Clarkson told CBS’ Gayle King this week. “He was present. He wins for being around.”

Clarkson also posted a message for fans on Facebook, saying “I like to think of Piece by Piece as the happy ending to Because of You. It’s not the happiest story in the beginning, but it’s a real one that I decided to write after a conversation with my sister. So many of us had to grow up without parents to model a healthy relationship for us, so we often get into dysfunctional relationships because it is what is familiar. We end up settling instead of being with someone who is worthy of our hearts and our time. We all deserve to feel worthy of love. We all deserve to be truly loved. This song is basically my past, present, and future. It’s my love letter celebrating and thanking my husband for being a man that knows how to love me and our children without expecting anything in return. Also, this is a promise to my kids that I will never cease to love them, and be present in their lives always.”

Today, Nov 19, Clarkson dropped a simple black & white visual for the video. Watch here: