Wrapped in Red is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson, released on October 25, 2013 by RCA Records. Produced by Greg Kurstin, it is her first Christmas-themed release, featuring cover versions of various Christmas standards in addition to original material. Working extensively to create a contemporary Holiday theme to classics, Clarkson has cited both Bing Crosby's and Rosemary Clooney's soundtracks for the 1954 film White Christmas and the 2003 film Love Actually as her inspirations for the album, whereas Kurstin cited Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector as his inspirations, which led him to evoke a "Wall of Sound" treatment during the album's production.
Clarkson has remarked the music of Wrapped in Red as a representation to explore different genres apart as a pop recording artist, which included jazz, country and Memphis soul, with an overall lyrical theme of the color red—which to her represents love, lust, envy, pain, and beauty, apart as a holiday color. To promote Wrapped in Red, Clarkson is set to film a Christmas television special at The Venetian Las Vegas, titled Kelly Clarkson's (Cautionary) Christmas Tale on October 30, 2013, which will be broadcast on NBC on December 11, 2013.
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