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Why Kelly Clarkson's Powerhouse Cover of ''Save Me'' Brought Jelly Roll to Tears

The Grammy-nominee was deeply touched by Clarkson's version. 

By Jackie Manno

Kelly Clarkson's gripping version of ''Save Me'' by Jelly Roll is one of her most powerful Kellyoke segments yet. 

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During her cover, Clarkson belted the intense lyrics in a raspy tone, and told the song's story with intense passion.

Jelly Roll himself was incredibly moved by Clarkson's rendition. ''I would’ve never believed you if you would’ve told me that I’d write a song so impactful that incredible Kelly Clarkson would deem it worthy to cover. Thank you Kelly- wow - I’m honored in a way I can’t even described - I cried watching it,'' he wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter). 

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What to know about ''Save Me'' by Jelly Roll

Released off of his 2020 album Self Medicated, ''Save Me'' reached the number 19 position on the Billboard US Hot 100 charts. In 2023, a version with vocals from Lainey Wilson was released. 

American Songwriter listed ''Save Me'' as the third best Jelly Roll song in 2023. ''Showing his range and diversity as an artist, here Jelly Roll sheds his quick spittin’ to become more of a crooner. The song is about the grace he needs to survive,'' the outlet wrote of the track. 

Split of Kelly Clarkson and Jelly Roll

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