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Rising to stardom at the surprisingly young age of 13, LeAnn Rimes is no stranger to the spotlight studded stages and exhilarating crowds. It was the country music hit “Blue” that would bring Rimes to the top of the charts and ensure her a southern household name. However, truth be told, that successful heartbreak number was originally intended to be recorded and lifted to riches by who is considered on of the most influential vocalists of her time, Patsy Cline.
Unfortunately, Cline was killed in a tragic place crash in March of 1963 that claimed the lives of all it’s passengers, forcing the prospective, groundbreaking song to be set aside until another talented vocalist would be able to properly do it justice. And, in 1994, that much overdue justice was served by a young and promising Rimes.
It’s been over 20 years since the debut of that iconic, career establishing melody and Rimes is still on the go with her talented performances. Back in July on this year, Rimes performed a series of Patsy Cline medleys with the Nashville Symphony at an undisclosed location.
Her rich vocals pierced the audience and permeated throughout the venue, eliciting cheers and excitement in light of her flawless pitch and delivery.
Rimes’ soulful renditions of Cline’s beloved classics, such as “Leaving On Your Mind” and “Walking After Midnight”, left the audience in awe of her pure talent.
One could understandably inquire if Rimes’ strategic choice to recreate strictly Patsy Cline classics could be a heartfelt tribute to the icon in respect and appreciation for Cline’s involuntary assistance with Rimes’ career. Seeing that it was Cline’s intended song that brought Rimes to fame, this logic carries a certain amount of potential validity.
Regardless of any interpretation, it is very clear that Rimes’ apparent talent has carried her thus far and given her the recognition that she so rightfully deserves.
Check out the tribute performance below and let us know what you think!
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