Ahead of what would’ve been Prince’s 63rd birthday on June 7, Kelly Clarkson is paying tribute to the late and great icon with another cover on Kellyoke.
Following her breathtaking “Kiss” cover, the daytime talk show host took a stab at another one of his legacy hits, “When Doves Cry,” on Wednesday (June 3). While her band Y’all revved up the guitar groove, Clarkson poured out her heart into the cover performance under Prince’s signature purple lights while a video of doves flying appeared on the screen.
“How can you just leave me standing/ Alone in a world that’s so cold?/ Maybe I’m just too demanding/ Maybe I’m just like my father: too bold/ Maybe you’re just like my mother/ She’s never satisfied/ Why do we scream at each other?/ This is what it sounds like/ When doves cry,” she belted the chorus.
“When Doves Cry” was released as the lead single from 1984’s Purple Rain, Prince’s legendary sixth studio album and soundtrack to the film of the same name. The song earned the superstar his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, where it ruled for five weeks. “When Doves Cry” also landed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s year-end Hot 100 Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tallies in 1984 and was considered the top single of that year.
On Thursday (June 3), the Prince estate put out the previously unreleased jazzy, slow-burn track “Born 2 Die,” which was originally recorded during the sessions for his 2010 Welcome 2 America album. That album will finally see the light of day on July 30 when it gets its first official release.
Watch her Kellyoke cover of “When Doves Cry” below.