Dance With Me

Album: Piece by Piece (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This call to action to get onto the dance floor was penned by Dan Rockett. The Boston singer-songwriter has also penned songs for rapper Bubba Sparxxx as well as other having tunes placed on the TV shows Thorne: Scaredycat and NUMB3RS.
  • Clarkson originally recorded the song during her Greatest Hits sessions in 2012 but decided to keep it behind. "I just felt like it was a little too progressive so I said we need to hold it for the next album," she told VH1.
  • Clarkson explained why she recorded the tune. "I just love the whole connection of music," she said. "It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from - everybody relates to music. At the end of the day, everyone dancing in that club has their own life going on and their own ups and downs. But it doesn't matter at that point, because you're just having a good time and releasing. That's why I use music, it's release and a form of escapism. So that's why I love that song."
  • Dan Rockett penned the song after hooking up with hitmaking producers Timbaland and Polow da Don. He recalled to Jambands.com: "Timbaland got signed to Interscope and one night he was in the studio while I was there and needed a guitar player, so I wound up playing on 'Timothy Where Have You Been?' I hit it in one take and he was impressed. I got in with Timbaland and his crew and realized from hanging out with them that I understand what it takes to produce pop songs."

    "I wanted to give it a go so I wrote a song called 'Dance With Me,' which I imagined as a David Bowie/Lady Gaga duet (laughs). It was an exercise in songwriting and I didn't expect it to do anything, but one night at the studio Polow da Don came out at 4 AM to use the bathroom and I said, 'Bro, I wrote a dance song.' He gave it a listen and said, 'You wrote a classic people will sing in 50 years.'"

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