By Erin Duvall
Filed under: Exclusive, Crossovers, Country News
It's no secret that Kelly Clarkson
has country roots. In 2010, she topped the country charts with "Don't You Wanna Stay," a duet with Jason Aldean
, had a Top 5 hit with Reba McEntire
-- her future stepmother-in-law -- with "Because of You" in 2010, and even released a country mix of her pop hit, "Mr. Know It All," in 2011. Sitting in the 20s on the charts now is her collaboration with Vince Gill
, "Don't Rush," which she performed at the ACM Awards this past weekend, but will she ever "go country"?
"I think the way to get Kelly full on into country is for us to start letting her in. That's the trick," says Kelly's pal, Blake Shelton
. "The Voice" coach, who will also officiate the songbird's wedding
to his manager Brandon Blackstock, adds, "She's clearly shown an interest in it and it clearly means something to her. I've talked to her and I don't think it was until the 'American Idol' thing that she went down that road of rock and found her voice that way. She grew up a country music fan -- she'll be the first to tell you that and obviously a huge Reba fan."