When Chris Stapleton became a household in November 2015, no one could’ve imagined the impact and reach the singer’s soulful voice and music covered. Now, two and a half years later, the singer’s prevalence in the music landscape is more prevalent than ever before.
With that prominence, many aspiring singers have covered Stapleton’s tunes, including Texas native Kourtney White. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, White shared a video of herself singing “Tennessee Whiskey” with her cousin Kenyetta Gray. In less than a week since its posting, the clip was viewed more than 14 million times.
In a message with Sounds Like Nashville, White shared that she’s been singing since she was merely five years old and has been an avid country fan since a basketball coach bought her Shania Twain’s album Come On Over. Her decision to cover Stapleton was a simple one, as it immediately connected with her upon listening.
“I covered Chris Stapleton’s rendition of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ because of his sultry sound. The way it spoke to me, I felt like that was the song to do,” she told Sounds Like Nashville exclusively via Facebook. “[I’m] definitely a huge fan of Chris Stapleton [and an] even bigger fan of Country music in general.”
Since posting the clip, Facebook users worldwide have been sharing their support for the cover, writing comments like “Beautiful…I could listen to you two all day,” “unbelievable,” and “got so many goosebumps.” The virality of the clip has been exciting, and overwhelming, for White, who is grateful for everyone who has watched and commented.
“It’s overwhelming I’m still in awe from all the love from everywhere, from London to Australia to Mexico to right here in the U.S.,” shared White.
Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” isn’t the first cover White has posted as she’s also shared videos of songs by Adele, SZA and others.