Kelly Clarkson Sings “Sweet Music Man” To Honor Kenny Rogers In At-Home “Kellyoke” Session
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Everything has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts have been postponed, restaurants are closed, and people have canceled their weddings.
Many TV shows have also been forced to halt production for the time being. One program that is currently on hiatus is The Kelly Clarkson Show, a daytime talk show hosted by singer and Voice coach Kelly Clarkson.
Clarkson announced on March 13 that production on her talk show “was temporarily shut down.” She also said she was postponing her Las Vegas residency, which was originally scheduled to kick off on April 1.
Clarkson and her family decided to take off to their cabin in Montana, where they have been quarantining for days now. But even though Clarkson can’t get to the studio to film her talk show, she’s still keeping her fans entertained with “Kellyoke” covers.
During each episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson performs a cover of another artist’s song during a segment she has dubbed “Kellyoke.” No genre seems to be off-limits, though country is clearly a favorite of hers. She has performed “Kellyoke” covers of songs by Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Lee Ann Womack, just to name a few.
Knowing that fans would miss “Kellyoke,” Clarkson began sharing a cappella cover performances from the safety of her cabin’s bathroom. She started things off by singing Mariah Carey’s “Vanishing.”
For Clarkson’s second quarantined “Kellyoke” session, she opted to honor Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20.
“I was planning on doing [a different song],” she said, “and then Kenny Rogers passed and I thought I would honor him. What a beautiful man. Beautiful songwriter. Beautiful singer. Actor. He did all of the things.”
Clarkson said she wanted to sing her “favorite” song of Rogers’, which is 1977’s “Sweet Music Man.” It’s the same song that Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Brad Paisley sang at the Opry in tribute to Rogers on March 21.
As of this writing, Clarkson’s “Kellyoke” cover of “Sweet Music Man” has been watched over a million times on Instagram. You can see her performance below.
This goes to show that all the glitz, glam, and production isn’t always needed for an artist to deliver a meaningful performance. With no makeup on and the bathroom as her stage, Clarkson pulled off a heartfelt tribute to Rogers that people will treasure for years to come.