Exclusive Premiere: Laci Kaye Booth Covers ‘Stars’ By Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Laci Kaye Booth first captured the hearts of millions on American Idol and today, she returns with a cover of…
Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by Steven Alan Worster
Laci Kaye Booth first captured the hearts of millions on American Idol and today, she returns with a cover of “Stars,” premiering exclusively on Country Now.
Originally recorded by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, “Stars” is a song that is very special to Booth as it’s one she performed during her time on Idol, where she landed in the Top 5 during season 17 of the popular singing competition.
“Grace Potter is a huge inspiration and having the opportunity to create my own version of her iconic song is an honor,” she shares with Country Now, adding, “When I first heard this song a few years back, I fell in love with it and played it at every gig, then was able to experiment with it on American Idol. It’s really stuck with me and holds such great meaning to me. The lyrics and melody are so incredibly beautiful I wanted to keep the focus there so in the video you really pay attention to the guitar and the words. A Tennessee night and twinkling stars are everything I picture when I sing this song.”
In the clip, Booth is outside in the dark of night, seated on a rug with her guitar, lit only by the light of a single bulb. The Texas native’s rich, smoky vocals shine as she belts out the grief-filled lyrics.
“I can’t look at the stars/ They make me wonder where you are/ Stars, up on heaven’s boulevard/ And if I know you at all, I know you’ve gone too far/ So I, I can’t look at the stars,” she sings throughout the chorus.
Click below to watch Booth’s cover of “Stars.”
After American Idol, Laci Kaye Booth relocated to Nashville where she is currently working on an EP. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves and Fleetwood Mac, Booth is ready to leave her mark on the country genre. Fans can see her perform this spring at Stagecoach  playing on the prestigious “Spotlight Stage” and can keep up with the rising star at lacikayebooth.com
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