The winners of The Voice have hailed from Kelly Clarkson's team for the past two seasons, proving she's got serious skills as a coach on the reality singing show (take that, Blake Shelton!). But for Kelly, mentoring her artists doesn't end when they leave the competition.
Kelly once admitted she felt "alone" after winning American Idol, so she's adamant about making sure her proteges feel supported as their careers take off. And based on what she's done for a few of the ladies recently, it's clear she sticks to her promise of acting like "a big sister."
First, The Voice coach invited season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli to join her on the road for her highly anticipated tour as the opening act alongside country singer Kelsea Ballerini. Then, Kelly did a surprise collaboration with another Voice alum: Lynnea Moorer. She shared a photo of herself on stage with her former team member after they sang an emotional cover of Billie Eilish's "I Don’t Want To Be You Anymore" as part of Kelly's set in Fresno, California. (Watch the full performance in the video above!)
"[Lynnea], you are exceptional and sweet, and I thank you so much for joining me on stage," Kelly captioned the post.
Lynnea, 18, was one of the most controversial contestants on The Voice last year. She joined #TeamKelly after winning the Comeback Stage, the show's contentious online competition that was introduced in season 15. While the new artist sparked outrage amongst fans, her coach was quick to defend her with a passionate speech.
"I feel like you represent something different on this show, especially this season," Kelly said to Lynnea after her performance during the Live Shows. "No one sounds like you, you're just more of like, an artist, artsy person. And it sounds so cool and it's so relevant for radio right now and I'm just a huge fan of you."
With that level of praise, it's no surprise that Kelly wanted to perform with Lynnea on tour. Now we just have one question: When will we see Chevel Shepherd on stage?!