Q&A with Kelly Clarkson
Q: What do you look for in songs?
A: We went to all these different publishers, my management and I, and I was like: "I don't want your best writers. I want the best songs. I don't care if it's Joe Shmo or your sister or whoever it is. I just want you to give me the best songs." ... Everytime they kept saying, "What are you looking for?" I'm like, "I'm looking for anything with a soul to it." It could be country-sounding and we'll make it a bit more pop. Or it could be urban-sounding and we'll make it a bit more pop. It could be anything you throw at me, but it has to have a cool message and it has to have a soul to it. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's so important.