Kelly Clarkson is pondering the Peach State. Within the newest version of Kellyoke, The Kelly Clarkson Show‘s dwell music cowl sequence, the three-time Grammy winner bought in contact along with her southern roots for a soulful cowl of Ray Charles‘ Nice American Songbook basic “Georgia on My Thoughts.”
Spotlighted on stage in entrance of her band Y’all, Clarkson’s versatile vocals have been on full show all through her efficiency. Whether or not it was the organ-pitched keyboard, the electrical guitar counter melodies or the “Stronger” singer’s added riffs and notice modifications, the soulfulness floating between every performer was practically palpable.
“Different arms attain out to me, different eyes smile tenderly,” she sang earlier than including a wildly spectacular, atmosphere-reaching riff on “Nonetheless in peaceable goals I see, the street leads again to you.”
Initially written and recorded by Hoagy Carmichael 1930, the track’s most well-known model was sung by Charles for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Highway. A local of Georgia himself, Charles’ cowl — which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week the yr it was launched — was later named the state’s official track in 1979.
Clarkson’s new cowl isn’t the primary time she’s tackled a Ray Charles basic on Kellyoke, for which she most just lately carried out “Smoky Mountain Rain” By Ronnie Milsap and “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette. Again in 2020, she honored Veteran’s Day with a patriotic rendition of the singer’s “America the Stunning,” a track first composed within the 1800s that Charles popularized in 1976 together with his soulful model.
Watch Kelly Clarkson carry out Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Thoughts” beneath: