In Entertainment Weekly’s new cover story about her upcoming soul album, Meaning of Life (out Oct. 27), Clarkson reveals that she wrote the song “Go High” after hearing Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” speech from the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“When Michelle said that I was like, ‘That is the perfect idea for this song!'” Clarkson says. “Everyone relates to that. No one has gone through life without relating to at some point having to take the high road.”
The message also hit particularly close to home for Clarkson and her husband, Brandon Blackstock. “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 explains. “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.Read more at Instyle