2018 Has Been Kacey’s “Golden Hour”
This year was a huge one for Kacey Musgraves, marked by the release of her fourth studio album, Golden Hour. It was released in March 2018, and instantly drew praise from fans and critics alike, with many hailing it as one of the best country albums of the year.
The record proved its weight in gold at the 2018 CMA Awards in November, when it was named as the winner of the coveted Album of the Year award. As one of the album’s three co-producers, Musgraves was able to accept the award herself.
One of the first songs fans heard off of Golden Hour was “Space Cowboy.” From the title alone, you may be expecting to hear something about a cowboy who conquers galaxies near and far, but the reality is much more heartbreaking than that.
Instead, the song has Musgraves reflecting on the actions of her “cowboy” lover, and how he never seems to hang around for long. Accepting the fact that he doesn’t want to be with her, Musgraves tells him he can have his space, since she’s not going to be responsible for fencing him in.
The emotional song was released as a single off of Golden Hour, and peaked at the 30th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Voice Star Brings Strong Emotion To Covers
Fast forward to a few months later, and the song gained some new exposure when it was covered by a frontrunner singer on The Voice.
Since she stepped on stage for her blind audition, Chevel Shepherd has been captivating the coaches and viewers with her gentle, tender voice and her ability to tackle emotional songs. The talented 16-year-old is country through and through, covering tracks such as Little Big Town‘s “Little White Church” and the Dixie Chicks‘ “Travelin’ Soldier.”
The latter song was one she performed in honor of her brother, who is a veteran.
A Soft Display Of Power
Shepherd kept the emotions coming with her performance of “Space Cowboy” during the live show that showcased the talents of the season’s top 11 performers. Her performance proved that she can easily handle the emotional weight of any song and sing it in a way that moves her audience.
Beyond that, the song fit her gentle voice like a glove. It allowed her to do what she does best, sing softly, but with power. That’s something that’s hard to master, as great power is often associated with belting or singing at a higher volume.
Overall, Shepherd’s cover of “Space Cowboy” proved why she is more than deserving to be on The Voice. Show this young member of Team Kelly some love by watching her performance below.