The singer of “Heartbeat Song” was raised with five step-siblings after her mother’s remarriage. Kelly credited this for fostering her laid-back disposition, although she regarded her relationship with her father as “toxic.”
Despite the emotional impact of her father’s absence, Kelly channeled her feelings into the creation of “Piece By Piece,” which reflects both her husband Brandon and her estranged father. The song narrates the story of a young girl abandoned by her father, only to be rejected by him again in adulthood until she gained wealth. The chorus portrays a man who wins her over by displaying gentlemanly qualities and assuming a paternal role for their children.
Kelly penned the song with her husband, Brandon Blackstock, who happens to be the former stepson of country star Reba McEntire and an adept guitarist. Those familiar with Kelly Clarkson’s performances know that despite her talent, she often becomes deeply emotional on stage.
Now picture her reaction when her husband Brandon made a surprise appearance during her rendition of “Piece By Piece” at a concert! Overwhelmed with surprise, she struggled to hold back tears mid-song, causing a brief pause