Kelly Clarkson is known for her amazing covers, which is why she has an entire segment on her talk show dedicated to “Kellyoke” performances. Recently, she showed off her country side with a cover of “Tennessee Whiskey.”
Check out Kelly’s amazing performance in the video below, and read on to find out what the Voice coach thinks of country music.
Kelly Clarkson Covers ‘Tennessee Whiskey’
“Tennesee Whiskey” was originally recorded by David Allan Coe in 1981. Chris Stapleton’s cover of the song in 2015 gave it greater popularity. Kelly covered Chris’ version of the track for her Kellyoke performance.
Kelly performed the song in her show’s studio with a backup band. The performance showed off Kelly’s incredible range, as she hit high notes but also nailed the quieter parts of the song.
“I’m not even a fan, I’m a whole air conditioner!” one commenter wrote about the video. “Chris Stapleton has a unique voice and Kelly your rendition of Tennessee Whiskey is completely wonderful as well,” another viewer commented.
How Does Kelly Feel About Country Music?
Although Kelly herself has not released a country album, she’s very connected to the genre. She grew up in Texas, and married into a country music family. Her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock manages country star and fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton, and her ex-father-in-law Narvel Blackstock used to be married to Reba McEntire.
Kelly has also successfully coached country artists on The Voice. In Season 17, her artist Jake Hoot won the competition. She also shared her thoughts on the state of country music last year, reacting to the phrase “farm emo” being used to describe the genre.
“You know why? Because country music doesn’t sound country anymore,” said Clarkson. “So they’re making up terms to be like, ‘This is country.’ Country music is gone. I don’t know who’s making it, but there might be like four people.”
However, she added that she does love country music, but “it’s not what you’re playing on the radio.” Fingers crossed she considers recording her own contribution to the genre sometime soon.