Kelsea Ballerini reveals ‘a-ha moment’ at Kelly Clarkson concert which led to her career

“The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson was out sick again for the Battle Rounds, Monday night. So her friend and season 16 team advisor Kelsea Ballerini continued filling in as the coach for Team Kelly. When she found out contestant Ainae Nielsen decided to become a professional singer after seeing The Weeknd in concert, she revealed she had a similar experience with Kelly.

“Like your ‘a-ha’ moment, I had that moment at a Kelly Clarkson show,” Ballerini told the contestant. “I was in the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville. She was singing "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and I was just like, ‘I have to do this with my life.’"

Ballerini has since gone on to have a very successful career in music, and she imparted on the contestants that someday they might inspire future generations to do the same.

“Whether you're singing in a coffee shop or an arena, you can give someone that moment like I had with Kelly and like what you had with The Weeknd,” Ballerini said. “And like, that's just a really cool gift to give someone.”

Video Transcript

KELSEA BALLERINI: First of all, I want you to know that Kelly she's like us. She's in this room, she's watching, she's texting me. Just I want you to feel taken care of, like your girl is here for you. I'm an extension of her.

- Voice coach Kelly Clarkson was out sick again for the battle rounds Monday night.

- As you know, Kelly has tested positive for dummy.

- So, her friend and season 16 team advisor, Kelsea Ballerini, continued filling in as the coach for team Kelly. And when she found out, contestant Ina Nielsen decided to become a professional singer after seeing the weekend in concert, she revealed she had a similar experience with Kelly.

KELSEA BALLERINI: Like, your aha moment. I had that moment at a Kelly Clarkson show.

- Really?

KELSEA BALLERINI: I was in the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, she was singing behind these hazel eyes, and I was just like I have to do this with my life.

- KELSEA has since gone on to have a very successful career in music, and she imparted on the contestants that someday they might inspire future generations to do the same.

KELSEA BALLERINI: Whether you're singing in a coffee shop or an arena, you can give someone that moment, like I had with Kelly, and like what you had with the weekend, and like that's just a really cool gift to give someone, so--

- Now you've taken Kelly's chair.

KELSEA BALLERINI: And now I'm taking the chair. I always wanted to be like Kelly Clarkson when i grow up.