Kelly Clarkson and Billy Gilman stunned everyone with this stirring ballad on “The Voice” finale The Voice/YouTube screenshot
The Voice/YouTube screenshot

We’ve often wondered what it would be like to hear Billy Gilman sing a duet with someone like Kelly Clarkson ever since the former child country star started his journey on season 11 of “The Voice.”

But, never in our wildest dreams did we think it would sound as magical as this!

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During the show’s live finale broadcast on Dec. 13, the two powerhouse vocalists joined forces on Kelly’s tear-soaking ballad, “It’s Quiet Uptown,” from the collaboration album, “The Hamilton Mixtape.” The song, which is taken from the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” tells the story of two parents coming to terms with their son’s death. And, both Kelly and Billy brought that kind of emotion to life during their performance.

As you can see in the video above, the singers appear onstage beneath a decorated ceiling of sparkling bulbs. Kelly shows off her low notes on the ballad’s beginning verse, while a stellar piano player and string section plays along. Then, Billy equally shines with his talent on the tune.

Unlike she has in recent times, Kelly bravely held it together for this performance. Earlier this year, she broke down while singing her hit “Piece By Piece” on the final season of “American Idol.” But, those personal moments are what we love about her. And, that’s something that Billy has had to work on this season. Now, it’s no doubt that he’s become a champion at it.

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Unfortunately for Billy, he didn’t nab the crown this year on “The Voice” (that victory went to Team Blake’s country crooner Sundance Head), but he did come out a winner. In fact, the runner-up, who earned stardom at age 11 with the release of “One Voice,” proved that he’s capable of carving out his own musical path to success in any genre of his choice.

While voting has wrapped for “The Voice,” fans can still vote for Kelly for Female Artist of the Year in this year’s Rare Country Awards. There’s little time to do so, as winners will be announced on Dec. 15. You can cast your vote online at

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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