RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson‘s got a bun in the oven, but that’s not the only thing she’s got going on: she’s also working on a new album that’s set for release later this year.  And to hear one of her recording engineers talk, the new music will be a little different from what we’ve come to expect from the Grammy-winning singer.

Jesse Shatkin, a songwriter, producer and recording engineer who worked on Kelly’s 2011 album Stronger and her 2013 holiday album Wrapped in Red, is also working on her new album.  He tells the website MuuMuse that the songs she’s choosing sound “a little left-of-center and cool.” 

So exactly how left-of-center are we talking about?  “One of [the songs] is kind of an electronic banger, but it has kind of a haunting melody that I think she was attracted to,” says Shatkin, adding that Kelly’s “really open-minded” when it comes to trying out new sounds.

The new album, when it’s released, will be Kelly’s official follow-up to Stronger.  It remains to be seen which one will emerge first: the album or Kelly’s baby girl, who she’s expecting with husband Brandon Blackstock.  She recently tweeted, “Okay my baby is moving like crazy in my belly this morning. Such a cool yet weird feeling.”

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