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Kelly says the songs she writes always come from inside of her. "It's not like you sit down and you're like, 'I'm going to write the song, and it's going to be in 4/4.' It's not like that," she says. "You're journaling, and then it just turns into songs, so it's good. It's my outlet."

Reba says she doesn't write songs as much as she used to—but that's where Kelly comes in! "I'll get an idea every once in a while. Somebody will say something, and I'll write it down—and then I'll tell Kelly," Reba says. "That works out real well."

Even though Reba is 52 and Kelly is 25, Kelly doesn't really notice the age gap when they hang out together. "We even went to Yosemite, and we're hiking up this mountain, and my mom—God bless you, I love you—would have been at the bottom of the mountain being like, 'Well, I'll hold your bags and I'll sit it out.'" But not Reba! "She and [her husband] Narvel were ahead of us," Kelly says. "It was a big mountain!"
FROM: Justin Timberlake, Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson
Published on September 19, 2007