Kelly Clarkson Covers Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” (VIDEO)

Kelly Clarkson covered Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” last night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Watch the Queen of Idol cover the Queen of Soul! HELL YAH

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    Holy crap that was amazing!!! Usually I get a little nervous when her voice gets this raspy but she freaking owned it.

  • heartly

    Daaannnnggg!  Love it when she can really dig deep into a song.

    As requested by… Caroline Aliar.  Get it?  Carolina Liar.  lol  Prank night last night and while this isn’t exactly a prank, it’s still funny.  Another one would be when Issac and Joe King of The Fray hijacked the video feed during DYWS and performed it from one of the dressing rooms with her.  Joe had on her clothes and was wearing some of her “hair.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFZ1iV4eTk

    Usually I get a little nervous when her voice gets this raspy but she freaking owned it.

    Sometimes (most of the times) I think she uses the “rasp” as an effect rather than it actually being how she’s sounding at the moment.  That’s not saying that she doesn’t get that way, it’s just happening now far less than it has in the past.  You can tell when she’s really struggling, for lack of a better word.  Perfect example of her voice being on the “Janis-side” as she’d call it, was during the 2 week string of shows last tour around the Super Bowl and Grammys where she was flying to a new state each day to do something.   

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    That’s a good point, even though she’s raspy she sounds in complete control and not at all tired so it probably is an intentional effect, I’ve just never heard her use this side of her voice this flawlessly!

  • windmills

    If you don’t think a old school and/or contemporary soul album from Kelly is an absolute must then we can’t be friends.

    No but seriously, LOVE this. Kelly’s been slaying the covers this week as far as song selection and of course performances. Can’t wait to see what she breaks out tonight at the Bridgestone. As far as the rasp, ITA with heartly and Jenna that this isn’t a fatigue rasp, it’s a deliberate one and it totally works for this song.

  • RockiDreams

    She made those little hairs on the back of my neck stand straight up in awe.  That was unbelievable.  Hell Yay is right.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    WOW!  Just WOW!

    “If you don’t think a old school and/or contemporary soul album from Kelly is an absolute must then we can’t be friends.”

    Definitely a “must”.  :)

  • heartly

    I find it so funny that people want all of these different types of albums from her, myself included, and not many of them are saying they want the straight pop stuff she’s having to put out at the moment.  She’s in such a great place vocally right now that it’d be such a shame if these other types of styles weren’t explored further.  She has such an instrument that’s being “wasted” on the fluff stuff, imo.

    Semi-spoilery: a couple of the songs she soundchecked for tonight are I Know You Won’t and Vince Gill’s Go Rest High on That Mountain.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    The Queen of Idol… Hmmm… I like that for Kelly.  That phrase for her MAY just one day be as synonymous for her as Queen of Soul is for Aretha… you know just who they’re talking about, no explanations needed. Kelly’s voice is the TRUTH. I don’t care what she sings, as long as she keeps the fire in her belly to sing. Still riding for Kelly, all the way.

  • abbysee

    Shit! That woman is a beast. She slayed that song. Which also happens to be my go to Aretha song. Kelly might just be the voice of her generation. What cant she sing?

    Eta : chills, goosebumps,and a single tear….

  • abbysee

    Hell, we can be bffs! Totally. Co -signing that from Kelly.

  • windmills

    heartly: I find it so funny that people want all of these different types of albums from her, myself included, and not many of them are saying they want the straight pop stuff she’s having to put out at the moment. She’s in such a great place vocally right now that it’d be such a shame if these other types of styles weren’t explored further.  She has such an instrument that’s being “wasted” on the fluff stuff, imo.

    I think the wanting other kinds of albums is based on the idea that we’re already getting the straight pop stuff and knowing that straight pop fluff is the basis for her getting a lot of mainstream prominence at this time. We can assume we’ll get another single from the greatest hits album that’s mainstream pop, maybe more, and at least one more album that’s primarily in that vein.

    ITA it’d be a waste for her not to explore other types of music. The thing about the pop genre is it’s so fluid and it doesn’t really have an identity that’s held strong throughout the decades. It’s always been a genre that absorbs influences from a lot of different genres, and for somebody like Kelly who has so much natural soul, and some rock, mainstream pop was a natural home.

    But, CHR’s kind of evolved into a place where the style of pop Kelly can do and expect chart success feels like it has gotten a little narrower. I’m not saying CHR itself has gotten a lot narrower, though when I compare it to 1990s CHR I feel like maybe it has. So, it’s a place where she can express part of herself but, maybe not as much of herself as she could in 2003. Meanwhile you have country, for better and worse, becoming another genre that’s absorbing more and more influence from a lot of different genres. That’s why it’s opened up for Kelly to at least work some singles and express another side of herself. Now if only female singer songwriters and soulful pop/rock could make a comeback at HAC so we could hear more of that side from Kelly. And, I’d love it if soulful pop came back into vogue at CHR.