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 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.
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.
More information about the show can be found HERE.