Upon its release, "The Voice Within" received mainly positive reviews from music critics, who called it an inspirational ballad and praised Aguilera's strong vocals on the track. Some likened the song to works by Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Commercially, "The Voice Within" achieved moderate success on charts worldwide, peaking within the top ten of charts in several countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and it reached number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
An accompanying music video for "The Voice Within" was directed by David LaChapelle. It was filmed in black and white as a one shot. The video was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards at the 2004 ceremony. In support of Stripped, Aguilera performed the track on her two major concert tours: Justified and Stripped Tour (2002–03) and The Stripped Tour (2003). "The Voice Within" has been covered on several television talent shows.
Music Video EditThe song's music video was directed by David LaChapelle, who previously directed the music videos for "Dirrty" (2002) and "Can't Hold Us Down" (2003). He explained to MTV News that the video's concept, "There's all kinds of connotations to the word 'stripped.' I wanted to strip it down to one take. Just her and this incredible voice. And really not have anything that is going to overshadow that. She's trying to grow as an artist and along the way she's taking all kinds of risks and a lot of times people let those things overshadow her ability and her talent. I wanted to bring it all back as a sort of bookend to this album". The video begins with a close-up scene of Aguilera and zooms out to her wearing a slip and sitting in an abandoned prop room. In one continuous black and white shot, Aguilera walks through several rooms, exits the building, and finally lays on a light box. The video was filmed at a deserted theater in downtown Los Angeles. It was inspired by neorealist works. The video was nominated for three 2004 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Female Video, Viewer's Choice, and Best Cinematography.</span>
Young girl, don't cry I'll be right here when your world starts to fall Young girl, it's alright Your tears will dry, you'll soon be free to fly
When you're safe inside your room you tend to dream Of a place where nothing's harder than it seems No one ever wants or bothers to explain Of the heartache life can bring and what it means
When there's no one else Look inside yourself Like your oldest friend Just trust the voice within Then you'll find the strength That will guide your way You'll learn to begin To trust the voice within
Young girl, don't hide You'll never change if you just run away Young girl, just hold tight And soon you're gonna see your brighter day
Now in a world where innocence is quickly claimed It's so hard to stand your ground when you're so afraid No one reaches out a hand for you to hold When you're lost outside look inside to your soul
When there's no one else Look inside yourself Like your oldest friend Just trust the voice within Then you'll find the strength That will guide your way You will learn to begin To trust the voice within
Yeah... Life is a journey It can take you anywhere you choose to go As long as you're learning You'll find all you'll ever need to know (be strong) You'll break it (hold on) You'll make it (be strong) Just don't forsake it because (No one can tell you what you can't do) No one can stop you, you know that I'm talking to you
When there's no one else Look inside yourself And like your oldest friend Just trust the voice within Then you'll find the strength That will guide your way You will learn to begin To trust the voice within
Young girl don't cry I'll be right here when your world starts to fall