The highlight of The Kelly Clarkson Show, her Kellyoke segment, is being transformed into a full EP. Each day as she opens her show, she performs a cover for the studio audience. Since the show has been airing, she’s covered artists from Cher to Aerosmith, to Shania Twain. She’s racked up over 500 Kellyoke performances but includes six of her favorites on this EP, due out on June 9.
The six-track EP includes “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt, “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd, “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish, “Queen of the Night” by Whitney Houston, “Trampoline” by SHAED, and “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead.
Kelly Clarkson is “Happier Than Ever”
The first track released from the EP is Kelly Clarkson’s cover of Billie Eilish’s hit “Happier Than Ever”. Her voice glides along the piano fronted track, sounding smooth and relaxed. But she brings the heat and rasp as the song breaks into the second and third verses, transforming into a hard rock vibe. And on the EP, Kelly can sing the explicit lyrics that she couldn’t in her television performance. Take a listen to the full version below.
Kelly’s rendition gives the song a more adult edge. And the subject matter of the track seems especially pertinent to her life right now. Since her split from her husband Brandon Blackstock, she’s been going through a messy divorce. And this song is the perfect ammunition to belittle an ex-lover. Especially when it’s sung with the power and conviction that Kelly Clarkson has.
With over 500 covers under her belt to open each episode of The Kelly Clarson Show, you can’t help but wonder why she’s only chosen six to include on the EP. But either way, fans of Kelly’s show and music will welcome it with open arms.