Kelly Clarkson Covers Jo Dee Messina’s ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’

Kelly Clarkson just covered one of Jo Dee Messina’s biggest hits during the “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 23, 2020


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Kelly Clarkson just covered one of Jo Dee Messina’s biggest hits during the “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show and fans are loving it.

The superstar offered her own take on the 1996 hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” Clarkson’s powerful pipes were on full display throughout the spirited tune and her performance reminded fans just how incredible this song is.

“Heads Carolina, Tails California” was released by Messina in January 1996 as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The song reached the Top 10 at country radio and remains one of Messina’s biggest hits to date.

Previous “Kellyoke” segments have featured covers of Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).

Click above to watch Kelly Clarkson perform “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”

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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.