We’ll never fully understand how Kelly Clarkson found time to record a new song while performing a litany of amazing covers during her Stronger tour, but somehow she pulled that off — and now that single, “Catch My Breath,” from her first ever greatest hits collection Greatest Hits — Chapter 1, has premiered. The song hits radio and digital retailers on October 16, and Ryan Seacrest got the first play of the song, written by Clarkson herself with Jason Halbert and Eric Olson.
“To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song ‘Catch my Breath’ with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything,” Clarkson wrote on her official website. “This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today.” Hear the song after the jump.
The song is classic Kelly Clarkson, although it’s much less bruised than many of her heartbreak anthems: The production is clean and sparkly, with a propulsive backbeat and clear vocals. “Catching my breath, letting it go / Turning my cheek for the sake of the show / Now that you know, this is my life / I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right,” she sings on the chorus, her voice soaring to ride the melody.
Listen to the song here: