Kelly Clarkson Has Some Wise Words For ‘The Voice’ Winner
Well, the votes have been tallied and the results are in, and it seems that Chevel Sheperd is the winner of The Voice season 15! So much of a reality competition is about trying to stay in the game, that actually winning can be a real shock to the system. Luckily, Sheperd has a coach who’s been through it all before to help her into this next phase of stardom.
Kelly Clarkson, first ever American Idol winner and pop music goddess, gave a post-finale interview alongside her 16 year-old protégé where the two talked all about what comes next, while dishing out some sage advice. “I want to make sure she makes the record she wants to make before she goes out on the road,” Clarkson told reporters, “You want to make sure your style is you. I understand that more than anyone. I had to fight really hard after I won to make sure it was me and I’m going to do that for you.”
Clarkson joined The Voice in season 14, replacing judge Miley Cyrus, and won her first time out with 15 year-old pop-country singer Brynn Cartelli who later opened for her mentor during her Meaning of Life tour. This second win in as many years will surely make Team Kelly a coveted place for future contenders, and the self-proclaimed “momager” teased fellow judge (and six-time winner) Blake Shelton for losing to a country music artist not under his tutelage. As for the young winner herself, clearly bursting with nerves after such a thrilling night, she told Entertainment Tonight, “I’m still hyperventilating, kind of. I feel very blessed and I’m super excited.”
Taking over the horn-tooting duties from her modest apprentice, Clarkson made sure to mention Sheperd’s original song Broken Hearts (which she debuted on The Voice finale) charting at number one on iTunes, before saying, “Little girls need people in every genre of music to look up to and admire and aspire to be. I think that’s what’s so amazing about her and the opportunity she represents. Not just for women, but for the original sound of country.” That’s some high praise!
And while we could surely fill tomes with all that Kelly Clarkson has learned from her time in the music industry, she put emphasis on this, “I just want to make sure the whole time she’s having fun. Even at 36 years-old it’s so hard sometimes. Not just in this industry, in any industry to just have fun with what you’re doing and who you’re working with. Some days you’re going to be awesome and some days you’re going to suck. You try your best.”
Congratulations to Chevel Sheperd on her big win, and all the good things sure to come in 2019!