Season 2 of The Kelly Clarkson Show kicked off on September 21, 2020. Just like during Season 1, the singer kicks off each episode with a segment called “Kellyoke,” where she and her band cover a fan-requested song.
She has performed songs from all genres including hop-hop, rock, R&B, pop, and country.
On the September 24th episode, she performed the song “Tennessee Whiskey” in the style of Chris Stapleton, who shot to fame after singing his version on the CMA Awards in 2015 with Justin Timberlake.
“Tennessee Whiskey” was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, and first performed by David Allan Coe in 1981. Two years later, George Jones took it to number two on the charts. Stapleton changed up the style and included his version on his debut solo record Traveller in 2015.
Since then, many singers have covered Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey,” but none quite compare to Clarkson’s version.
Wearing a Fleetwood Mac band t-shirt and a long, black skirt, Clarkson opened her talk-show, which she won an Emmy for, with a soulful rendition of the award-winning song.
Her runs were perfectly executed and her powerful voice was able to shine during the second chorus, which she changed up a bit.
The only thing missing was a live audience cheering her on. Watch her performance below.