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This 'Voice' Contestant Impressed Kelly Clarkson By Singing One Of Her Most Personal Songs

"I wrote it at 16."

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During this week's knockout round on The Voice, contestant Abby Cates took a risk by performing a song by her coach Kelly Clarkson. The 17-year-old delivered a powerhouse performance of Clarkson's hit "Because of You," from her 2004 album Breakaway.

One benefit of singing your coach's song is, of course, that you get to learn from the artist herself. Clarkson even shared some of the story behind the track, which is one of her most personal and was originally written as a teenager to deal with her feelings over her parents' divorce.


"I wrote it at 16, it literally just started as a poetry kind of thing because I just needed to get it out and my mom was like 'you are very angry about something, you should start writing,' " Clarkson shared before the performance, according to USA Today. "I wanted this song to sound different when I was recording it because, when I was writing it, I had different intent. Abby is singing this song how I wish I would have sang it in the beginning. I saw my mom break. You watch that and as a child you don't know how to help."  

Cates went up against fellow Team Kelly singer Claire DeJean, who performed "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes. In the end, Clarkson chose Cates to move on to the next round. Even fellow coach Jennifer Hudson couldn't help but praise the young singer after her performance, telling her, "You better sing!"

Watch Cates' full performance below:


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