Kate Hudson has teased a potential foray into country music during an intimate Colorado concert. Hudson took the stage in Aspen shortly before the start of the New Year, during which the Golden Globe-winning actor delivered a stellar cover of Chris Stapleton's ‘White Horse’.
Hudson stripped back the fiery anthem and cleverly flipped the narrative to adopt a female perspective, as well as giving Stapleton's 2023 single a sense of newfound buoyancy and levity.
Elsewhere during the set, which took place on December 28th, Hudson performed an eclectic mix of covers such as Sinéad O'Connor's ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, Sam Fender's ‘Seventeen Going Under’ and The Pretenders’ ‘My City Was Gone’.
Although some fans have expressed their surprise at news of Kate Hudson's musical venture, others will remember Hudson's enchanting vocals in her 2009 film, Nine, as well as her prominent and widely celebrated role in the hit TV show, Glee, in 2012.
Kate Hudson hinted at a country music project back in January 2023 when she signed with Jason Owen and Sandbox Entertainment Group, which is based in Nashville and looks after artists such as Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Faith Hill and Dan + Shay. Owen is known for his work with two of the genre's leading figures, Shania Twain and Kacey Musgraves, so it's safe to say Kate Hudson is in safe hands.
Shortly after her Chris Stapleton cover made the rounds online, Hudson appeared on NBC's TODAY to confirm she has an album's worth of self-penned songs on the way.
The Academy Award-nominee revealed, “I've been writing music my whole life and I never shared it, and I just thought maybe I have to do that...it's very vulnerable,” before admitting she felt nervous ahead of the Colorado gig, “I'd never sang in such an intimate space, and it was very unforgiving and really good for me”.
Kate Hudson went on to explain how, whenever people would ask her if she'll ever release an album, she'd underline, “If I'm going to do it, I'm going to really do it...I'm going to really commit to the process...There's nothing half-assed about my relationship with music, so [this is] the most vulnerable I think I've ever been creatively. I'm just at a time where I don't have the fear anymore, I just want to put it out”.
With this emphasis on authenticity and bare-bones songwriting, it certainly feels as though country is the perfect genre for Kate Hudson to delve into for her debut studio album.
Given Jason Owen's involvement, Kate Hudson's record is seemingly being geared towards a Nashvillian lane, however, her diverse Colorado setlist highlights that her taste is not limited to country. We imagine the project will have country roots, and we'd love to see Hudson's ethereal vocals coasting along the cry of a steel guitar, but given her versatility, we're also expecting there to be some pop-leaning flourishes and perhaps even some Musgraves-inspired experimentation.
Either way, we're excited to see which direction Kate Hudson directs her musical career. The fact that yet another international megastar is showing love to country - following Drake's high-profile link-up with Morgan Wallen, Lana Del Rey's John Denver cover, Post Malone's blockbuster CMA Awards performance and Elton John's alleged Brandi Carlile collaborative album - is unquestionably a cause for celebration, as the genre continues its explosion in popularity into the New Year.