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Watch Kelly Clarkson pour her whole soul into this “Purple Rain” performance Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, Kelly Clarkson performs at Green Mountain Coffee’s “Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Choose Fair Trade” campaign concert in New York. The Grammy winner announced the birth of her daughter in a Saturday, June 14, 2014, post on Twitter. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

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Back in August 2015 during a concert in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of her Piece By Piece Tour, Kelly Clarkson channeled a fan request of Prince’s ‘80s pop-hit, “Purple Rain.”

While, Kelly does have the voice of an angel, it was clear she didn’t want to disappoint.

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Yes, she did win “American Idol.” And yes, she has done her fair share of covers. But, this time, she told the audience that she was nervous about channeling the rockstar’s tune — big time.

“It’s such a classic that I ask you to love me,” she said to her fans, “and not judge me, because it’s a great classic song from someone from here, so this is “Purple Rain.””

She then joked, “No pressure!”

Looking elegant in her pink and black sparkly dress, the powerhouse vocalist then launches into the icon’s gorgeous ballad. Elongating the notes on each meaningful lyric and letting out a soulful cry for every verse, she did the pop idol proud.

Needless to say, his hometown sure loved it!

Released in 1984, “Purple Rain” was the third single off of Prince’s album of the same name. It also became the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the film titled “Purple Rain.” Credited to Prince and his band, The Revolution, the recording of the song actually took place in a Minneapolis nightclub.

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On April 21, 2016, Prince died at his Paisley Park Minnesota property. He was 57.

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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