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Kelly Clarkson Sang Whitney Houston's 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)' and Sounded Angelic
And she brought on an iconic musician to join her! Check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.
On a February 2023 episode of the show, Clarkson welcomed 80-time Grammy nominee and famed record producer Babyface to talk about his prolific career and time working with Whitney Houston. Specifically, they discussed the process of making the 1995 tune “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."
“Everybody knows this song,” Clarkson explained of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)'s" legacy.
For Clarkson’s cover of the track, she intertwined her own style with Houston's. The performance started with Babyface playing some gentle piano chords.
“Everyone falls in love sometimes,” Clarkson crooned in her deeper register.
“Sometimes it's wrong,” she continued.
“Sometimes it's right,” Babyface joined in.
“For every win, someone must fail. There comes a point when, when we exhale,” they then sang in perfect harmony.
“Say, say, say, shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop be doop, shoop, shoop, shoop be doop, shoop, shoop, shoop be doop, shoop, shoop, shoop be doop,” they sang together on repeat until Clarkson concluded the song with a graceful riff.
Her unique version started out with a slow tempo and some synth chords. “I’ve got the stuff that you want, I’ve got the things that you need, I’ve got more than enough to make you drop to your knees,” she sang.
The remaining instruments joined in when she belted the song’s signature lyrics. “'Cause I’m queen of the night,” she sang.
The rest of the cover consisted of powerful, gritty vocals. It was an extremely energetic performance, complete with impressive backup singers and a rocking guitar solo.
Kelly Clarkson’s cover of Whitney Houston’s take on “I Will Always Love You” made the song’s original writer, the one and only Dolly Parton, get overwhelmed with emotion. “Whitney, she would’ve been so proud of you. 'Cause I felt she was watching you,” Parton gushed to Clarkson while she was on The Kelly Clarkson Show in December 2022.
To hear more covers from legendary Artists, be sure to check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.