The Story Behind Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

02/07/2013
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(Radio.com) What started as simple advice from a mother to her daughter became one of the well-known and beloved songs of 2012.

Nominated for three GRAMMYs including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, the song began organically. Radio.com chatted with songwriter Ali Tamposi and producer Greg Kurstin, two of the masterminds behind Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."

On the day of her writing session with Jorgen Elofsson and David Gamson, Ali was spending time with her mom who was in town visiting.

"I was going through a break-up from someone I had been with for seven years. In the midst of tears, anger, and a bad attitude she said the magic words, 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger,'" Ali recalled.

Those words resonated with her and when it came time to picking the song's title it was a natural contender.

"From there, the session was over in about three hours. We all felt really good about the song," she said. "A couple of months later, David Gamson emailed us the demo. My mind was blown! I'll never forget all of the 'smash' responses from our managers and publishers on the email chain." more.

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