Kelly Clarkson Performs Cover Of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’

Kelly Clarkson performed a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “River” during the “Kellyoke” segment of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Friday, May 20.

Clarkson stayed faithful to the song, while she was joined on stage by her musical director Jason Halbert and guitarist Jaco Caraco.

“I wish I had a river/I could skate away on,” Clarkson crooned, “I’m so hard to handle/I’m selfish and I’m sad/I’ve gone and lost the best baby/That I ever had.”

“River” is a song from Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue. Clarkson’s latest rendition is one of the countless covers of the song by other prominent artists, including Barry Manilow, Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor, Sam Smith, Judy Collins and Ellie Goulding. In 2019, Goulding’s recording of “River” went No. 1 in the U.K.

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