Kelly Clarkson Leaves Fans In Awe With Cover Of Chris Stapleton’s ‘White Horse’

Kelly Clarkson singing Chris Stapleton is EVERYTHING!


Lauren Jo Black

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March 15, 2024


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Kelly Clarkson never ceases to impress with her “Kellyoke” covers on The Kelly Clarkson Show and her newest cover is no exception as she delivered a powerful rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “White Horse.” 

Backed by her band, Y’all, Clarkson put her soulful pipes on display, somehow elevating an already excellent song to a mesmerizing masterpiece. For the performance, the Texas native sported platform heels, black slacks, and a white top with a sparking silver overlay. 

“Oh, oh, oh-oh/ If you want a cowboy on a white horse/ Ridin’ off into the sunset/ If that’s the kind of love you wanna wait for/ Hold on tight, girl, I ain’t there yet/ No, I ain’t there yet,” she sang.  


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As always, she made the song her own without staying too far away from the original, and we have a feeling Chris Stapleton would approve of this performance. 

Fans flocked to the comments to praise Clarkson, 41, for her always-unstoppable performances. 

“For someone who’s always killing it, Kelly seems to be slaying extra hard lately,” wrote one user. 

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

Fans Want Kelly Clarkson To Release A Country Album

As always, others continued to beg Clarkson to release a country project. This idea doesn’t seem too far-fetched as she has often covered country songs, including tracks by Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, and more. She also has previously expressed her love for classic and 90s country music on her show. 

Story Behind The Song “White Horse”

“White Horse” is featured as the lead single on Chris Stapleton’s latest album, Higher. The soulful country track reached the top of the country radio charts in January, marking the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year’s fourth No.1

Nearly 12 years ago, Stapleton collaborated with Dan Wilson to co-write the electrifying tune. They were initially approached to contribute to the soundtrack of the 2013 Lone Ranger movie featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, however, “White Horse” didn’t make the final cut for the film. Thankfully, the song found its place on Stapleton’s newest full-length project. 

Chris Stapleton - Higher
Chris Stapleton – Higher

“’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson,” Stapleton recently recalled. “We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something.”

He later added, “We got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.” 

Just days after clinching the No.1 spot at radio. “White Horse” took home two GRAMMYs at the 66th GRAMMY Awards: Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. Stapleton, who was not present to accept the honors, is now an impressive 10-time GRAMMY Award winner. 

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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.