Kelly Clarkson helped raise thousands of dollars for Musicians on Call with an intimate performance last night at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café. Although she hinted that she was feeling a little under the weather, Kelly turned in a flawless performance that included many of her pop hits, including “Stronger,” “Catch My Breath” and “Mr. Know It All.” She also delivered a hauntingly beautiful solo version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” the duet she recorded with Jason Aldean, and she treated the sold out crowd to a few songs off her new Wrapped In Red Christmas CD, including “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Run, Run Rudolph” and “Underneath the Tree.”
Throughout the evening Kelly mentioned several times that she had been having a really bad day. Just before she sang her last song she thanked the crowd for being so engaging and responsive and for lifting her spirits, and then she shared the news that her dog Joplin had died earlier that day. She hadn’t intended on sharing the news on stage because she began to tear up said, “Crap, I didn’t mean to mention it.” As she tried to collect herself to sing “Stronger,” it was clear she had been holding back her emotions all night. Joplin was a black poodle mix Kelly adopted in 2011, and last year when she thought she lost Joplin when he ran away during a thunderstorm she tweeted, “I might be too attached to my dogs and highly sensitive, but I don’t care. I love them!” Back then she said, “I don’t have children and [my dogs] are my babies that I sleep with every night.”
All of the proceeds from Kelly’s concert and the silent auction that took place last night in Nashville will benefit Musicians on Call (MOC) of Nashville and their mission to bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. You can learn more about MOC Nashville by visiting MusiciansOnCall.org.