"This is a grown-ass woman's record," she told EW about her upcoming album, "Meaning of Life." "This isn't a record I could have made at the age of 20. This is a record you make when you've lived."
Clarkson's music signals the beginning of a new era for the singer. In June 2016, Clarkson signed a deal with Atlantic Records after dropping "Piece By Piece," her seventh and final studio album with RCA Records.
"After winning 'American Idol' there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life," the 35-year-old Grammy winner said at the time. "As an artist, 'American Idol' gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music."
The singer added, "Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I've had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman and their team at Atlantic Records. The loyalty, innovation, and creativeness that Atlantic Records has been consistently bringing to the music industry is incredibly exciting for any artist to be a part of! We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here's to the future!"
Kelly's upcoming album, "Meaning of Life," drops Oct. 27.