When one of the biggest names in the music industry covers your song, then you've pretty much made it.

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It's been a heck of a year for one Eastern Iowa native, and it's not even February yet. Earlier this week, rising country star Hailey Whitters, a Shueyville native, made her national television debut.

She performed her hit song 'Everything She Ain't' on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, January 25th. You can read more about that performance and even watch it here!

On Thursday, January 27th Whitters made another television appearance...sort of. At least her song did.

At the beginning of each episode of the Emmy winning talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show, the host performs a cover of a random song with her band. The segment is commonly referred to as 'Kelly-oke' and is a staple of the program.

Oftentimes, the short musical moment blows up on social media more so than any of the talk show host's other segments. For that day's episode, the 'American Idol' winner performed the proud Iowa native's song 'Everything She Ain't.'

Obviously, artists love covering songs and making them their own. When Clarkson did her own take on the Whitters hit, she didn't stray too far from the original.

Also...was the vintage looking dress an homage to Hailey Whitters' signature style? You can be the judge of that!

You can watch the full video down below!

It didn't take too long for Hailey Whitters to respond to this flattering performance. She shared a video on social media with her joyful reaction to the star's cover.


In 2022 Whitters was making some big moves both personally and career wise. The singer joined Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson out on the road, dropped her sophomore album 'Raised,' and she even got married!

Things are only getting more exciting for the Grammy nominated artist. She is set to go out on tour with country superstar Shania Twain and join her for select shows this summer.

And maybe we possible expect a collaboration between her and Kelly Clarkson? Possibly? We would love to see that!

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