It’s common knowledge that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, but recently he’s been wowing audiences with another talent that’s just as astounding as his acting.
On Tuesday’s edition of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the artist, who is now 50-year-old, showcased his singing abilities by performing a duet with the first-ever winner of American Idol
During the segment known as “Kellyoke,” the talk show presenter invited the former wrestler to join her on stage to perform a duet of the song “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin'” by the late American country singer Loretta Lynn. The audience was blown away by the former wrestler’s singing voice.
Loretta Lynn had passed away on October 4 at the age of 90 just two weeks prior to this performance.
Dwayne Johnson said to Clarkson that he has long been a fan of Lynn’s music and that, when he was younger, he wanted to be a country singer.
“I loved Loretta Lynn, I really did. I loved her growing up,” Johnson said.
Dwayne Johnson said that “traditional country music” was a big part of his upbringing and that he moved to Nashville when he was 15-year-old.
In those days, Johnson would “walk the streets” singing well-known country songs like “Old Habits” by Hank Williams Jr., in the vain hope that someone would see him and recognize his potential as a rising star in the genre.
However, he said, “It didn’t happen for me.”
The audience was blown away by Johnson’s singing, and one commenter on YouTube wrote: “This is unexpected. Didn’t know Dwayne sang until now and loved his low voice that matches with Kelly’s high notes.”
Another tweeted: “I would have never guessed The Rock could sing.”
But Johnson has shown off his velvety voice before, so this isn’t the first time he’s done it. Johnson had a solo performance of the song “You’re Welcome” in the 2016 Disney animated musical Moana.