The Kelly Clarkson Show's kellyoke segments allow the series' namesake to cover popular songs from across time that might've never made sense for her albums or live sets. Sometimes, the selections reflect Clarkson's lifelong love of country music, including her takes on Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Reba McEntire's "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." She's also sung the songs of Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean and other 21st century acts.
For an early October episode, Clarkson, her band Y'all and a socially-distanced horns section honored Johnny Cash with a cover of "Ring of Fire." Her powerful rendition of the classic track, credited to songwriters Merle Kilgore and June Carter Cash, proved once again that the inaugural American Idol champion and Grammy-winning superstar turned talk show host can make just about any song her own.
Starting Oct. 19, Clarkson will also appear on The Voice's 19th season alongside fellow judges Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend.
Clarkson recently announced that Leon Bridges will be her Season 19 advisor on the popular NBC series.
"I have been really looking forward to him," Clarkson told Access Hollywood. "I am such a fan of his talent, I love his tone, I love his artistry."
"Ring of Fire" spent seven weeks atop the country charts in 1963. It was recorded by June's sister Anita Carter before it became one of Cash's signature hits. Few retellings of country music history skip over the song or its influence, which made it a shoo-in for CMT's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music and Rolling Stone's roundup of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The performance should resonate with Cash fans because it reflects both Clarkson's undeniable talent as a song interpreter and her deep appreciation for Nashville's musical history.