Kelly Clarkson Performs Reba McEntire Hit on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Kelly Clarkson threw it back to the 1980s with a cover of Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” during the “Kellyoke” segment…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 11, 2021


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Kelly Clarkson threw it back to the 1980s with a cover of Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” during the “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday (May 11). 

Clarkson showcased her Texas twang throughout her performance, which would undoubtedly receive a stamp of approval from Reba herself. 

“How Blue” was written by John Moffat and recorded by Reba for her 1984 album, My Kind of Country. The song was the legendary entertainer’s third No.1 single.

Clarkson and McEntire have been friends for several years and were also family by marriage as Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock, son of Reba’s ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock. Reba and Narvel divorced in 2015. Kelly and Brandon announced their split in 2020 and have yet to finalize their divorce arrangements. 

Clarkson’s performance of “How Blue” is one of several country covers she has shared on the show, including Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Faith Hill’s “It Matters To Me,” Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.

Previous “Kellyoke” segments have featured covers of Blake SheltonMartina McBrideJohnny Cash, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).

Click above to watch Kelly Clarkson perform Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” 

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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.