Kelly Clarkson Shares Mesmerizing Cover Of Lainey Wilson’s ‘Watermelon Moonshine’

This isn’t the first time Kelly Clarkson has covered a Lainey Wilson song!


Lauren Jo Black

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November 15, 2023


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Kelly Clarkson; Photo via YouTube, Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson is once again showcasing her love and admiration for Lainey Wilson, this time with a stunning cover of her history-making hit, “Watermelon Moonshine.” 

The three-time GRAMMY winner performed Wilson’s latest chart-topping hit during the popular “Kellyoke” segment of a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. Sporting a floral top and stylish wide-leg jeans, Clarkson allowed her pristine vocals to shine throughout the nostalgic tune, making the beloved country hit her own. 

“Drinkin’ watermelon moonshine / Cut the burn with a little lime / Parkin’ back in them kudzu vines / I was his and every bit of that boy was mine / Too young to know what love was / But we werе learnin’ on a sweet buzz / There’s never nothin’ like the first time / And mine’s always gonna taste like / Watermelon moonshine,” the Texas native sang. 


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This isn’t the first time Clarkson has covered one of Lainey Wilson’s songs. She recently delivered a soaring rendition of “Heart Like A Truck” during one of her Las Vegas residency concerts. Prior to the performance, Clarkson raved about Wilson and her artistry.   

She Previously Covered “Heart Like A Truck”

“This next song that we’re going to do is a country song and I love this artist and this is really hard for me to say, because not shaming any artist, but I tend to love like ’80s and ’90s country that’s just what I grew up on,” Clarkson said from the stage. “So I love it and I love anything that sounds like or that is a derivative of it. I love it. There’s this new artist, I had her on my show and I fell in love with her and her name is Lainey Wilson.”

She continued, “I’m in love with her, I think she’s so cool and I am obsessed… I literally spent this summer at my ranch in Montana like I listened to this record nonstop… like I love not just the song… I’m sorry I’m old, I mean the whole album. I love this entire album and this was probably her biggest hit from that album so far. I really relate to it.”

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Wilson quickly reacted to Clarkson’s performance. “You killed it sister! Can’t thank you enough for all of the support,” she wrote. 

The Kelly Clarkson Show Recently Returned For Season 5

The Kelly Clarkson Show returned for season 5 on October 16, 2023, according to NBC. This season, the Daytime Emmy-winning show is filming in a brand new location: New York City. The Kelly Clarkson Show is taped in 30 Rock Studio 6A, which is the former home to shows previously hosted by David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and more.   

“I’m so excited to start our fifth season at the iconic 30 Rock,” Clarkson said in a statement. “There is such a unique energy and creative spirit that comes with filming in New York City. Y’all ready?”

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC

The Kelly Clarkson Show debuted in September of 2019. Since then, Clarkson has covered several country songs during “Kellyoke,” including Patty Loveless’ “I’m That Kind Of Girl,” Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You,” “Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing,” and many more.  

With every country cover, fans continue to beg the powerhouse vocalist to release a country album. Her cover of Wilson’s “Watermelon Moonshine” received the same response. 

“We need her country album! I will not get tired of saying that,” wrote on YouTuber user. Another added, “This is so good. I hope she does a country album soon.”

She’s previously collaborated with several country stars, including Jason Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and “Because Of You” with Reba, however, Clarkson has yet to record and release her own country album. 

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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.