Kelly Clarkson Earns High Praise For “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” Keith Whitley Tribute
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Kelly Clarkson covered Keith Whitley‘s “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” to open her talk show in April 2022.
“This woman is so versatile, she can sing anything. She’s amazing!”
“I’ve loved this Whitley song seen him sang it in concert the whole crowd sang with him. Great cover my Love.”
Those are just a couple of the comments on the YouTube video of Kelly Clarkson’s tribute to the late Keith Whitley.
To kick off her show in April 2022, the original American Idol champion showed off her country roots once again with an amazing cover of Keith Whitley’s “I’m No Stranger To The Rain.”
Whitley released the song as the final single from his album Don’t Close Your Eyes. It ended up being the last single he would release it his lifetime and peaked at number one in Canada and the United States.
Whitley passed away on May 9, 1989 at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning, after finishing his third and final studio album, I Wonder Do You Think of Me.
Released in 1989, “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” became one of Whitley’s signature songs. It showcased his emotive vocals and poignant storytelling abilities, resonating deeply with audiences. The song wasn’t merely a reflection of Whitley’s personal journey but also mirrored the challenges faced by many.
The lyrics paint a picture of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity, acknowledging life’s hardships while embracing the strength gained from enduring them. It struck a chord with listeners, capturing the universal experience of overcoming trials and emerging stronger.
Keith Whitley’s tragic death in 1989 shortly after the song’s release added a poignant layer of significance to “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.” His untimely passing elevated the song to a higher status, becoming a testament to his life and legacy.
The song’s impact transcended its initial release, becoming a cornerstone of country music. Its raw honesty and relatability ensured its enduring relevance, prompting artists across genres to cover and reinterpret the song over the years.
Clarkson always kicks off her talk show with a segment called Kellyoke, where she takes a fan-requested song and performs it with little rehearsal.
Clarkson’s voice so perfectly fits this country classic, having fans wonder when she will be releasing a full country album!
Watch it below and let us know what you think in the comments.