Kelly Clarkson Compares Jordan Matthew Young To Travis Tritt Following Classic Country Cover on ‘The Voice’

Jordan Matthew Young returned to The Voice stage with a cover of a classic country hit on Monday evening (May…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 17, 2021


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Jordan Matthew Young returned to The Voice stage with a cover of a classic country hit on Monday evening (May 17) and it just might be his best performance yet. 

Young consulted with coach Blake Shelton ahead of his performance and ultimately decided to perform John Conlee’s 1978 hit, “Rose Colored Glasses.” The Texas native shared that it was a “full-circle” moment for him as he grew up listening to country music with his dad. 

Shelton complimented his unique vocals and shared his excitement over his country cover. 

“Country music has really opened up a lane to soulful country artists thanks to Chris Stapleton,” the superstar told him. 

Young took the stage for the live semi finals and delivered a solid performance of the song. He caught the attention of Kelly Clarkson, who compared him to a country music legend. 

“I thought it was perfect,” Clarkson gushed. “It was a really cool moment for you. I love that fact that you’re a little bit rock and roll and a little bit country.” 

She went on to compare him Travis Tritt and Shelton echoed Clarkson’s statement. 

“I think she’s right,” he shared. This is a crucial moment for everybody on the show this week…when you play that kind of card, this moment and nail the performance like that, I couldn’t be happier for you.” 

Jordan Matthew Young auditioned with a cover of Keith Whitley’s 1989 chart-topper, “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.” He went on to perform songs by Train, Fleetwood Mac and The Black Crowes. 

The Voice airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.