Keith Urban Reacts To Kelly Clarkson Covering His Fan-Favorite No. 1, ‘Somebody Like You’

“I love you singing anything,” Urban shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 4, 2024


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Keith Urban; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson caught the attention of Keith Urban when she delivered a showstopping cover of his No. 1 hit, “Somebody Like You” on The Kelly Clarkson Show. 

The Australian country artist took to Twitter to express his excitement over her performance clip that was shared across socials. To say Urban was impressed would be an understatement. 

He wrote, “Kelly !!!!!! loooooove you singing this. hell, I love you singing anything.”

At the end of his kind message, Urban then hinted that Clarkson should cover more from his catalog as he asked, “do you take requests ?!”

Clarkson has become well-known for her ability to take just about any song and make it her own during Kellyoke, the popular segment on her TV show. Backed by her band as well as a female backup singer, the GRAMMY-winning star once again put her powerhouse vocals on display while demonstrating her impressive wide-range throughout the up-beat tune. Clarkson kicked things up a notch once she reached the captivating hook and began to pour her heart into the uplifting and honest lyrics. 

“I wanna love somebody/ Love somebody like you/ Yeah, I wanna feel the/ sunshine/ Shining down on me and you/ When you put your arms around me/ You let me know there’s nothing in this world I can’t do,” Clarkson sings. 

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Fans Are Craving A Duet

Fans took to the comment section of Urban’s post to propose the idea that Urban and Clarkson come together in the future to perform a duet of the song.  

“Let’s get a legit Keith & Kelly duet! :),” wrote one user while another replied to Urban saying, “Kelly was freaking awesome singing your song. I’d love to see you back on her show singing with her 🎵🎶”

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Remember When Keith Urban Released “Somebody Like You”?

“Somebody Like You” was penned by Urban with guitarist John M. Shanks and released as the lead single from his third studio album Golden Road in 2001. The tune with the signature banjo riff ended up being sparking a significant turning point in Urban’s career. 

It became Urban’s second song to peak at No. 1 on the country charts following his single, “But for the Grace of God. Additionally, the song spent 41 weeks on the country charts and landed at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Urban Opens Up About Writing The Song

Not only is this tune a staple in Urban’s live shows to this day, but it also comes with a unique background story that he often shares during interviews or on stage. 

“That song started from flying out to LA meeting this guy John Shanks, who I didn’t know. I was so nervous to meet with some LA guy, and I’m like, what do I know? I’ve showed up with my banjo and everything,” he told Bobby Bones during a previous episode of BobbyCast

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Before making his way into the studio session, Urban admits he made a stop at an Irish pub and had a few drinks, which seemed to get the creativity flowing. 

“It’s 10 in the morning and it was really good. So I had another one and it was really good, so I had a third one. I get in my car, drive over to the studio where he is, and by then I walked in and I felt pretty…not bulletproof, but I felt very relaxed, very confident.”

It didn’t take long for the country star to find the beat in a drum machine he found in the studio. From there, he pulled out his banjo, and eventually found the words to go along with the melody and suddenly it turned into the song fans love today.  

Keith Urban; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Keith Urban; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Serving As A Mega Mentor On ‘The Voice’

Following the release of his newest song, “Messed Up As Me,” which is set to appear on his forthcoming album, Keith Urban announced he will be bringing his musical wisdom to the set of NBC’s The Voice. Beginning on Monday, April 8, the country superstar will appear as a Mega Mentor for the remaining Season 25 contestants. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.