Kelly Clarkson, renowned for her dynamic vocal prowess and versatility across genres, recently delivered a striking cover of Lainey Wilson’s “Watermelon Moonshine” in the latest segment of her popular “Kellyoke” feature on “The Kelly Clarkson Show”. This performance showcases Clarkson’s remarkable ability to adapt and make songs her own, a talent she has demonstrated repeatedly through various covers across her show’s seasons.
Clarkson’s rendition of “Watermelon Moonshine” was deeply heartfelt and showcased her soaring vocals, proving her capability to sing country music with the same skill and emotion as the original artists. Her cover stayed true to the essence of the original song, with a piano-driven, acoustic, and steel guitar-accompanied arrangement that complemented her emotive singing style.
The choice of “Watermelon Moonshine” for Kellyoke was a tribute to Lainey Wilson, whose authenticity as a performer has been a defining trait of her career. Wilson’s songs often reflect a sense of nostalgia and authenticity, and “Watermelon Moonshine” is no exception. The song recalls a young, wild, and somewhat naive love, and Wilson has spoken about its significance in representing a time in life when nothing else seems to matter.
Clarkson’s admiration for Wilson’s work was evident in her performance. Previously, Clarkson has expressed her love for Wilson’s artistry, and this cover further cements her appreciation for contemporary country music and its artists.
Interestingly, several of Wilson’s ex-boyfriends have humorously claimed to be the subject of “Watermelon Moonshine,” to which Wilson playfully responded, acknowledging their claims in a lighthearted manner. This exchange highlights the song’s impact and the relatable stories it tells.
Kelly Clarkson’s show, now in its fifth season, has become a platform for showcasing her vocal range and her appreciation for various musical genres, including country music. Her covers of country songs have been so well-received that fans have been eagerly anticipating a country album from her, a testament to her ability to authentically capture the essence of the genre.
Clarkson’s cover of “Watermelon Moonshine” adds to her growing list of memorable Kellyoke performances, continuing to showcase her as a versatile and highly skilled vocalist capable of crossing musical boundaries with ease and authenticity