Kelly Clarkson Honors the Late Johnny Cash With ‘Ring Of Fire’ Performance

Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the late Johnny Cash with a spirited cover of his iconic hit, “Ring Of Fire.”…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 9, 2020


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Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the late Johnny Cash with a spirited cover of his iconic hit, “Ring Of Fire.”

The superstar performed the song in the latest installment of her ‘Kellyoke’ series on her hit talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

The hit song was co-written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore and released by Johnny Cash in 1963. It went on to top the charts for seven weeks. “Ring Of Fire” was named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone and also earned a place among CMT‘s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music.

Clarkson’s rendition was close to the original and showcased her powerful vocals.

Previous “Kellyoke” segments have featured covers of 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 “Ring of Fire.”

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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.