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Kelly Clarkson, Billy Porter Perform ‘The Greatest Version’ of “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” on Kellyoke

Billy Porter and Kelly Clarkson on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

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Powerhouse vocalists Kelly Clarkson and Billy Porter joined forces in a breathtaking rendition of Clarkson’s iconic track, “Stronger,” during a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. This unforgettable duet took place during the show’s Kellyoke segment, leaving audiences in shock and amazement at how good it was.

Kelly Clarkson, Billy Porter Turn “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Into a Powerful Ballad

The collaboration came to fruition after Porter had previously covered a gospel version of “Stronger” on NBC’s That’s My Jam. The Emmy-winning actor, known for his impeccable singing and theatrical talent, declared gospel to be his “wheelhouse” before performing this memorable rendition.

Clarkson was quick to acknowledge Porter’s show-stopping cover, calling it the “greatest cover” of any of her songs that she had ever heard. In fact, she mentioned that it was her “favorite cover, literally, of any song [she’s] ever performed.”

With such high praise from the original artist herself, it was only natural that a collaboration between the two was on the horizon. Clarkson then extended a personal invitation to Porter during the show.

“Billy Porter, I’m just saying—there’s a personal invite from me anytime you want to sing that song like that with me,” Clarkson said. “If I ever do a show, I’m gonna need a duet. Or I’ll stand on the side of the stage and let you have it. It’s incredible.”


Porter humbly accepted the invitation, leading to the magical duet that took place in October. The performance left audiences captivated as the two vocal powerhouses lent their unique styles and remarkable talents to “Stronger.”

Porter Details The Time He Lost His Voice

In the interview with Clarkson, Porter delved into various aspects of his life, from his sense of fashion to his unique voice and his forthcoming album, Black Mona Lisa.

Porter revealed that his distinctive voice didn’t always sound the way it does today. In his younger years, he had a pristine and high voice, similar to a “choir boy,” which he described as a high-belting soprano.

However, in 2001, he experienced severe acid reflux, which caused his voice to disappear for about four years. This challenging period then led to the emergence of his current, raspy voice. He also attributes his raspy voice to his journey and newfound authenticity.

As Porter continues to use his art as a platform for healing and advocacy, his new album, Black Mona Lisa, will showcase his unwavering commitment to authenticity and self-love. Set for release on November 17, 2023, the album is comprised of songs that tell Porter’s story authentically, with depth and nuance.

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