Burleson-raised singer Kelly Clarkson is keeping things local with her latest tour, which will feature Pentatonix, the a cappella sensation founded by Arlington Martin High grads Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstin Maldonado. Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will also be a special guest on the tour.
Clarkson, who has been on a huge publicity blitz in support of her new album, Piece by Piece, announced the tour on the Tuesday edition of ABC’s Good Morning America, where she also talked about her career, motherhood and, yes, even From Justin to Kelly (sorta).
Tickets for the tour will go on sale March 14 at LiveNation.com. The tour begins July 11 in Hershey, Pa., and goes through Sept. 20 in Camden, N.J.; the DFW stop is Aug. 30 at Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Pentatonix, the subject of a DFW.com profile in February, is currently in the midst of its On My Way Home tour, which comes home to Verizon Wireless Theater in Grand Prairie on March 29. The group, which also includes Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, won a Grammy in February for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella for their “Daft Punk” medley.
After Grand Prairie, Pentatonix will be on a European tour through early May, then take a rare break from the road before joining Clarkson’s tour on July 11.
Clarkson fans will be able to access special pre-sales by being members of Kelly’s free online fan club, Kellebrities. Info: www.KellyClarkson.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. March 10 through Citi's Private Pass Program. Info: www.citiprivatepass.com.
Besides GMA, Clarkson has made at least one TV appearance every day since Saturday (we told you she’s on a publicity blitz). Here she is on Monday’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, joining Fallon on “The History of Duets,” including such songs as I Got You Babe, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around and Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart (history appears to begin in 1965).
She was the subject of a CBS Sunday Morning profile; check that out here.
And here she is on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show, in an appearance that aired in the U.S. on Saturday on BBC America. Leave it to the cheeky Norton to get off the best line about Clarkson’s motherhood: “You not only produced an album, you produced a whole human being.”