The pair's off-the-cuff cover showed off their vocal strengths with an almost ethereal effortlessness and left many feeling that it might even be better than Gaga and Cooper's original.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's 2018 chart-topper "Shallow" from A Star Is Born occupied a spot in almost all of our daily playlists for a long time. Now, two years later, the angel-voiced Kelly Clarkson and country singer Garth Brooks have breathed new life into the ballad with a haunting rendition of the Oscar-winning song. The pair put on a mesmerizing performance of the romantic duet during Monday's episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show and it was a whole mood. Clarkson and Brooks' off-the-cuff cover showed off their vocal strengths with an almost ethereal effortlessness and left many feeling that it might even be better than Gaga and Cooper's original.
Garth brooks and kelly clarkson are doing shallow! pic.twitter.com/e13rtYbq90— The THNK1994 Museum (@thnk1994) December 14, 2020
Fans who caught the two-minute-long performance on YouTube filled the comments section with praises for the singers while calling for an official duet from the duo. "Okay this means we need a Garth and Kelly duet," wrote a netizen named Natalie Fida. "Every time this woman opens her mouth, she leaves me breathless," commented Kate while AngeliseValenya wrote: "How does his voice still sound so perfect? I'm proud of you Kelly. I still remember the night I voted for you to win American Idol. Holy crap girl."
We thought we'd heard every "Shallow" cover under the sun, but we were wrong. https://t.co/kAfADozU3D— POPSUGAR (@POPSUGAR) December 15, 2020
Although many fans called for Clarkson and Brooks to officially record their version of "Shallow," there is very little chance of this wish actually coming true. Brooks already released a cover of the romantic melody with his on- and off-stage partner, Trisha Yearwood, in October as a part of his latest album, Fun. In fact, Yearwood was very much in both Clarkson and Brooks' minds as they decided to do the impromptu performance. "Sorry, Trisha!" the talk-show host teased just before singing. "You're not here, and if you were here, I'd sing three-part."
She later thanked the "Dive Bar" singer for raising the key for her as, according to Billboard, she sings first soprano compared to Yearwood's alto/second soprano voice. Brooks also addressed his wife after the performance, locking eyes with another camera and saying: "Miss Yearwood... I didn't enjoy that," before turning away and commenting, "That was fabulous!" Those really desperate for another glimpse at Clarkson performing "Shallow" can revisit her 2019 "Meaning of Life" tour during which she sent her audience into a frenzy by tackling the song alone.
Following their cover of "Shallow" on The Kelly Clarkson Show Monday, Clarkson and Brooks continued covering other favorite classics including the likes of Billy Joel's "Piano Man," David Allen Coe's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," and Don McLean's 1972 Hot 100 No. 1 hit "American Pie." Clarkson then proceeded to summon the Christmas spirit during her solo "Kellyoke" segment by performing her cover of Vince Vance & the Valiants' "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which she released as her own single just last month.
Clarkson also got quite candid about her divorce from Brandon Blackstock during the episode, reports Entertainment Tonight. The 38-year-old revealed that Brooks' 1989 song, "The Dance," has been helping her cope during this challenging time after she rediscovered the song while working through book recommendations from friends. "I couldn't quite nail down the feeling. You don't want to crap on it. You don't want to say, 'That didn't count or matter,' but you don't know what to put in it because it didn't work out how you wanted," Clarkson said of her breakup. "Anyway, I kid you not, I was listening to my playlist and 'The Dance' came on and I was like, 'No, that's the thing. That's it!'"
Kelly Clarkson in tears as Garth Brooks sings break-up song amid her divorce https://t.co/8t7QvYQPNK— The Sun Showbiz (@TheSunShowbiz) December 15, 2020
"... I sang that song from childhood and it never hit me. [When] it hit me I was literally bawling. I was like, 'It's not so bad. It was worth it.' Because it is true," Clarkson added. "I think a lot of people who go through such a devastating [experience], there's a lot of grief with it, a lot of loss, and a lot of change, especially with kids. I was listening in my room and just [sobbing] when I was listening to 'The Dance'... It was the whole point. I got the point. I think sometimes that's so crazy. You don't know that's gonna happen. You've known this song your entire life and you freak out when it actually is a direct impact."