What an honor! Kelly Clarkson, who grew up in the Dallas suburbs as a lifelong Cowboys fan, played the halftime show of her favorite team’s Thanksgiving game.
That was back in 2007, when Clarkson was five years removed from winning American Idol and well into her career as a pop/rock singer. By then, she sported two Grammy’s on her trophy shelf.
So Clarkson, now a talk show host and coach on “The Voice” had to be the best sort of guest for the Cowboys halftime extravaganza. She’d already performed the national anthem at a Dallas game the season before.
With her three-song set, Clarkson rocked Texas Stadium on a cool late November afternoon. Blue lights flashed behind her. There was plenty of machine-spun fog. Clarkson’s setlist featured “Walk Away,” “Never Again,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.”
The Thanksgiving halftime show always serves as the kickoff for the Salvation Army’s holiday “Red Kettle” campaign. This year’s halftime features Kane Brown.
Bet You Didn’t Know How Much Clarkson Loves the Cowboys
Clarkson actually wrote, sang and recorded a song about the Cowboys five years after her halftime appearance. She said she wrote the song from the perspective of one of the world-famous Cowboys cheerleaders.
Pepsi asked her to be part of its NFL Anthems program and write a custom song for the Cowboys. Other artists involved in the project included Kid Rock (Detroit Lions), Ice Cube (Oakland Raiders) and Travie McCoy (New York Giants). — who have created fresh, new anthems to celebrate their teams.
Wiz Khalifa inspired the project with his ode to the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Black and Yellow.”
She said it took her about 20 minutes to write said song.
The Cowboys Cheerleaders Inspired the Kelly Clarkson Team Anthem
Clarkson told ESPN:
“The thing that inspired me the most was everybody knows the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders just as much as the Cowboys,” Clarkson said. “So I wrote the verses from a cheer perspective.
“Yeah — all of that came into play. I’ve been watching games since I was a baby. Cause in Texas, all we do is football, really – that and barbecue. I thought about all the things that I loved as a kid, and one of those things was the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. They were big influences because I thought that when I was a kid, I was like, ‘Oh my God! They’re so famous.’ Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are almost as famous as the Dallas Cowboys.
I thought the one cool thing about the Cowboys is that when I go overseas all the time, they’re kind of the only American football team that’s really known around the world. I tried to incorporate that into this song as well. It’s very much like a cheer, like a chant and then in the choruses it’s very much that Kelly Clarkson anthem.”
Pepsi released “Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem) as a free digital download in August, 2012. RCA Records re-released it that October.
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