Country superstar Luke Combs treated fans to a performance of his latest hit single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” on Tuesday evening (Dec. 17) during night two of NBC’s The Voice season 17 finale.
Appearing onstage in his signature ball cap and a buttoned-up shirt, the burly bearded country singer behind such hits as “Beautiful Crazy,” “Hurricane” and “She Got the Best of Me,” showed off his softer side on the tear-jerking ballad that brings to life the bond between a father and a son.
“Just ’cause I’m leavin’ / It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side / When you need me/ And you can’t see me in the middle of the night, Just close your eyes and say a prayer / It’s okay, I know you’re scared when I’m not here / But I’ll always be right there / Even though I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere,” Combs’ crooned, while backed by a full band.
Combs’ performance took place near the end of the two-hour broadcast, and just moments before host Carson Daly announced Teak Kelly Clarkson’s Jake Hoot, as the winner. Fans may recall, Hoot paid homage to Combs at the beginning of the season with his Blind Audition performance of the singer’s smash hit “When It Rains It Pours.”
Although Hoot’s rendition of the song didn’t result in a chair turn from Blake Shelton, it did land him a place on Clarkson’s team. And, it totally paid off for both parties, making the win Clarkson’s third since joining the cast of the hit show.
“Even Though I’m Leaving,” which Combs wrote alongside Wyatt Durrette and Ray Fulcher, is the second single from his 2019 record-breaking album, What You See Is What You Get. The powerful ballad also marks hit seventh No. 1 hit. The album, which debuted at No. 1 on both the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, follows his previous full-length debut record, 2017’s This One’s For You.
Combs, who recently wrapped his massive Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour, was one many superstar artists who took the stage in celebration of The Voice season 17 finale. The episode also featured performances by Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Hudson, Black Eyed Peas and more.