WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Pays Tribute To Keith Whitley With Stunning Cover Of His Final Single

Kelly Clarkson tried her hand at a Keith Whitley classic on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and once again, proved she…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 27, 2022


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Kelly Clarkson tried her hand at a Keith Whitley classic on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and once again, proved she can sing anything that’s thrown her way. 

During the latest episode of the daytime talk show, Clarkson covered Whitley’s 1989 hit, “I’m No Stranger to the Rain,” alongside her band, Y’all. 

The Texas native allowed her powerful vocals to shine throughout the mid-tempo tune.

“I’m no stranger to the rain/ I’m a friend of thunder/ Friend, is it any wonder lightning strikes me?/ I’ve fought with the devil/ Got down on his level/ But I never gave in, so he gave up on me,” she sings on the opening verse. 

“I’m No Stranger to the Rain” was written by Sonny Curtis and Ron Hellard and was released in January of 1989. It was the fifth and final single released from his album, Don’t Close Your Eyes.” 

The song was the final single Whitley released before his untimely death at the age of 34. Additional singles were later released after his passing. 

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to country music. Growing up in the Lone Star State, she was influenced by the country genre and has often performed country covers during the “Kellyoke” segment on her show. 

She has previously performed songs such as 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.

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

Check local listings for airtimes for The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Fans can catch Kelly Clarkson on NBC’s American Song Contest, where she serves as co-host alongside Snoop Dogg. The new reality series airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC. 

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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.