Country Throwback: LeAnn Rimes Belts ‘Unchained Melody’ at Just 14-Years-Old

by Kayla Zadel

LeAnn Rimes is the real deal. The country singer covered what’s known as one of the most difficult songs to sing. Plus she did it when she was just a teenager.

Listen to Leann Rimes sing the timeless hit, “Unchained Melody.”

She was only 14-years-old at the time, which makes it just that more amazing. Her voice might be young, but it’s still powerful.

LeAnn Rimes Rose to Fame at Young Age

The Mississippi native got her first recording contract when she was just 13-years-old. She’s the youngest country artist since Tanya Tucker.

Rimes’ debut album started her success in 1996. Blue reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts and was also certified multi-platinum. Then on her sophomore album, Rimes did her own rendition of “Unchained Melody.” The song was on her Unchained Melody: The Early Years. It was a compilation of songs she remakes, ranging from pop to country.

LeAnn Rimes’ “Unchained Melody” peaked at No. 3 on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in the United States.

“Unchained Melody” is still a staple in Rimes’ repertoire. She can be seen still performing the song on stage, and the country singer can still belt it out just like when she was a teenager.

The Hit Song’s History

This song is one of the most performed and recorded songs of the 20th century. Many artists like The Righteous Brothers, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Barry Manilow, LeAnn Rimes, and Elvis Presley have put their take on it. Click here to watch Elvis perform the song for one of the last times before his death.

The song was originally written in 1955 for the movie “Unchained.” The music is by Alex North, and the lyrics were written by Hy Zaret. Notice that the word “unchained” is not in the lyrics. Zaret refused the movie producer’s request to include the word in the song and decided to write the tune about someone that’s missing their lover.

The film soundtrack, “Unchained Melody” was nominated for the 1955’s Oscars for Best Song Award, Country Thang Daily reports. The song was then covered many different times, making it one of the highest-grossing songs for its copyright holders.