Watch 'Voice' Singer Stephanie Rice's Inspiring Kelly Clarkson Cover

The Voice contestant Stephanie Rice gave a stirring rendition of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Piece By Piece” on Monday, coupled with a harrowing story of how her parents disowned her for coming out at age 18. Clarkson responded to the performance on Twitter: “Can’t. Stop. Crying.” 

Like Clarkson, Rice (age 27) is from Texas and grew up in a religious household. “They disowned me,” said Rice when she came out as gay. “I’ve been taking the brokenness and emotion and channeling that into the only form I know … which is music.”

Clarkson co-wrote “Piece by Piece” with Greg Kurstin, the ballad-expert who also worked on Adele’s “Hello.” The single became a Top Ten hit for Clarkson. Rice’s rendition was more Joplin-esque in its delivery: growling and gliding dynamically through the song. 

Clarkson wasn’t the only star enthralled by Rice’s performance. Voice judge Blake Shelton turned around before Rice made it to the 20-second mark. Gwen Stefani did the same within 10 seconds (Rice chose to be on Stefani’s team). Alicia Keys also listened intensely, audibly marveling at Rice’s voice. 

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