"Stronger" is just one of the songs Kelly Clarkson turned into a very big hit. And these days she's at it with the benefit of a very big personal change at home. Tracy Smith has our Sunday Profile:
She's the voice behind some of the biggest breakup anthems ever, and she's sold more than 20 million albums. But 33-year-old Kelly Clarkson's latest release is different. It's the first new music she's made as a mom.
So it's only fitting that her baby girl, River Rose, helped Clarkson debut the first single, "Heartbeat Song."
"I mean, when we recorded it she was in my tummy," Clarkson said. "I thought she was gonna come out, like, telling me to shut up. ... 'Cause it had to have been loud!"
"That's kinda cool, though -- your own private Kelly Clarkson sound booth," said Smith.
"Yeah, she probably didn't think it was cool! She was probably like, 'Okay, I think we've got it. You don't need to do another take.'"
To hear Kelly Clarkson perform "Heartbeat Song," from her new album, "Piece By Piece," click on the video player below.
Truth is, for Clarkson, pregnancy was nothing to sing about.
"I was really sick," she said. "I went in the hospital at one point. I got really sick to where I was losing weight at first. And then I got scared, you know, because I couldn't stop getting sick, non-stop. I tossed the cookies every day at least 20 times. It was rough. But I'd go through it all again. I had the perfect baby."
They live on a lakefront estate with picture-perfect views outside Nashville, Tennessee.
"I chose Nashville because it's a very musical community. You know, with New York and L.A., they're very musical and everyone really lives there in general. But I just really wanted to live somewhere that reminded me of home."
But if this reminds her of home, it's far grander than anything Clarkson saw as a child in the small town of Burleson, Texas.
Smith asked, "When you were growing up, did you worry about money?"
"Yes," she replied. "We lived, like, pre-paycheck to pre-paycheck. I definitely had this whole mentality. I was like, 'Whatever I'm going to do, I just don't want to have to worry about that.'
"I always used to hate, though, when people would be like, 'Money doesn't buy everything.' Rich people say that, not poor people! I don't know one poor person that's going, 'Money doesn't buy you happiness.' It pays you to get out of eviction notices, so it's pretty good!"
Money problems were the least of it. Her family was broken up several times, and the video for her song, "Because of You," is inspired by the turmoil Kelly witnessed as a little girl.
"It's heartbreaking to watch," said Smith.
"Yeah, well, imagine living it," Clarkson laughed.
"How did those divorces color how you looked at love?" asked Smith.
"I never thought honestly I would get married or 'fall in love,' like what they say in the movies," Clarkson said. "And not so because I didn't think it was true. I just wasn't presented with that growing up. I just didn't know if was possible."