Clarkson performed Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain,” which was inspired by King Jr.’s famous ‘I’ve Been To The Mountain Top’ speech, that was given just a day before his assassination in 1968.
The talk show host delivered the breathtaking performance on King Jr.’s birthday. Opening the performance with a quote from the aforementioned speech: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead but it really don’t matter for me now because I’ve been to the mountain top.” Clips of the late civil rights movement leader and activist were displayed throughout her soulful performance of the song.
Watch Clarkson’s emotion-filled tribute performance to Martin Luther King Jr. below.
The Kelly Clarkson Show airs daily, and is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution. Clarkson and Alex Duda are executive producers.