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Kelly Clarkson Nashville 2015 Recap


Kelly Clarkson Nashville 2015 Recap

Nathan Armstrong

Kelly Clarkson played her home turf on Saturday night as she rocked Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. She did a fantastic job picking a well-rounded set of openers and brought the house down with the voices of her crowd as she performed her countless radio hits for music city.

Abi Ann

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Abi Ann was the first opener of the night, and she did an excellent job of getting the crowd hyped for a night of music. She has had a busy 12 months as she toured with Jesse McCartney in the second half of 2014 and released her 5-track debut EP "17" in the first half of 2015. Abi performed several songs from the EP for the audience at Bridgestone Arena and gave a shoutout to her school, Belmont University, as she yelled "Go Bruins" in a transition between songs. You can check out Abi's debut EP on Apple Music here.

Eric Hutchinson

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Eric Hutchinson, at first glance, may seem like another male singer, songwriter with decent lyrics, catchy hooks, and 4-5 radio hits; after further listening and watching, it's clear he is much more. Eric has been through the hoops and loops of the music industry. His 5th studio album was released in 2014, but it hasn't always been a clear path for Hutchinson. He has had albums released under 3 different labels (the most notable Warner Brothers), but has always been able to find a way to get his music to fans. His third studio album, "Sounds Like This" was set to be released under Madonna's Maverick Records, but the label shut down before the album could be put out. After much praise from peers in the industry, the album was picked up by Warner Bros.

Last night, Eric came out, played his game to his beat, and the audience loved it. Eric was confident in his performance as he sailed through songs that he penned himself. When I go to big shows with 2-3 openers, there is typically one opener I listen to on the way home. Eric won my iPod on the drive home. I loved his sound, his lyrics, and his vocals and immediately added his latest album, "Pure Fiction" to my Apple Music library. You can check out his discography on Apple Music here.


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Pentatonix has arguably paved the way for high school a cappella groups to be a standard. Being involved with production for a high school a cappella group in Memphis, it was awesome to see the original. Pentatonix's best quality is how tight they are. There are no mistakes, yet they stay so tight knit, you'd think it was the actual record. It's absolutely incredible. The group performed nine songs in Nashville, mainly covers, but they did a few originals.

The group started with Ariana Grande's "Problem". The second song the group did was Lady Gaga's "Telephone". This was the first song the original group arranged in high school. They still sing this arrangement at most of their shows on tour today. After Telephone, they performed a cover of OMI's "Cheerleader". Scott Hoying stated that this was one of the group's favorite songs of Summer 2015. The group ended their set with an original arrangement of several Daft Punk songs. This arrangement is one of their most popular on YouTube. Pentatonix will release a new album October 16. You can grab the first single from the album on Apple Music here.

Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly began her Nashville set with her high-energy track "Dance with Me". This immediately got the crowd on their feet. Before beginning her song song and hit "My Life Would Suck Without You,” she joked, "It's so nice to be able to work and sleep in your own bed," referring to Nashville being her current primary residence. Kelly has been on hiatus from touring for several years as she has had two kids with husband, Brandon Blackstock.

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Kelly Clarkson is one of those pop acts that could fill an album with smash radio hits. The majority of her set was songs that the crowd knew word for word, beat for beat. Clarkson rolled through "Invincible”, "Breakaway", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)”. Towards the end of her set, she brought Pentatonix back out on stage to perform her recent single "Heartbeat Song" with her. Kelly then closed her set with a mashup of "Walk Away" and "Uptown Funk", a Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars cover. The crowd stood up and demanded an encore. Kelly walked back out and hit the crowd with Jessie J's  "Bang Bang". She closed the night out with the biggest hits of her career, "Miss Independent" and "Since U Been Gone”.

It was a fantastic night in Nashville and Bridgestone Arena was incredible as always. We look forward to seeing Kelly on the road again soon. You can grab her newest album, "Piece by Piece" on Apple Music here.

- @NathanArmstrong

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