Originally written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, Keith Whitley took “When You Say Nothing At All” to the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles chart in 1988. And though his version is well-known, the one most people think about when they think of this song is Alison Krauss’ 1995 version, originally released on the Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album. It was Krauss’ first big solo hit and eventually went on to win CMA Song of the Year.
Lauren Duski did her version during the Knockouts on “The Voice,” for Team Blake, which was subdued, low-key and pretty spot on.
Before her performance, Duski shared that she was singing the song for a friend back in Nashville battling ALS, “As hard as it is being apart from each other being here is like the greatest gift because I can show her everything she’s done for me has been worth it. I think my sweet spot is emotional songs like this.”
Alicia Keys agreed with her by saying, “Lauren, you were feeling more than you were singing. You felt very genuine and authentic and I was attracted to that.”
Blake Shelton had the pretty easy decision between Duski and Andrea Thomas.