Kelly Clarkson is currently on tour with Maroon 5 playing to packed audiences in the U.S., but not long ago, she played for a much smaller group of people: coffee farmers and their families in Peru.
People magazine reports that Kelly traveled to Peru with Green Mountain Coffee, as part of its "Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade" campaign. "Fair Trade" pays farmers a guaranteed minimum price for their beans, so they can re-invest in their crops and their communities.
"I didn't know that a lot of them didn't have electricity," Kelly tells People about meeting the farmers. "That's the one cool thing that was for me to learn with this opportunity: [through Fair Trade] they have more opportunity...they have more education and more access to electricity. It's a better way to further the community."
She adds, "I felt like I was actually making a difference, which is something I think we all want to be a part of."
As far as her performance in Peru goes, Kelly laughs, "It was so funny cause I didn't know if they were gonna like my songs. They would sing along, I think we did like a mini-set for them, so we did a few songs down there. They were dancing, it was just so cool! I felt like I was just in a movie. I was dancing with them!" You can see photos of her trip at ChooseFairTrade.com.
Fair Trade Month is in October, and Kelly will mark the event by doing a private concert in New York on October 10. You can watch a free live stream of the performance that night at 8:30 p.m. ET on Green Mountain's Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Kelly is looking forward to her upcoming wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock. Even though they plan to elope, there will be music involved: she tells People, "We're bringing our own vinyl player and we're doing it that way." She says she and Brandon will "slow-dance alone" to "Songbird," a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song recorded by the late singer Eva Cassidy.
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