It might have caught “The Masked Singer” viewers off-guard when hearing country music star LeAnn Rimes rip it up singing a Janis Joplin song.
First, no one knew it was Rimes as she was “Sun” during the show’s season on FOX. Second, while known for having a powerful voice she had to use it more to emphasize Joplin’s unique style.
But Rimes, who won “The Masked Singer” contest on Wednesday night, poured her heart and soul into it, much like Joplin always did on stage, when she performed “Piece Of My Heart.”
The song is definitely one of rock music’s classics, originally done by Joplin and backed by her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Take a look at LeAnn Rimes performing this great song on “The Masked Singer.”
Janis Joplin Was A Force Of Awe Both On, Off Stage
Joplin, who was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, found fame and success during the psychedelic era of rock music. She broke out in a big way with her performance at the Monterrey Pop International Music Festival in Monterrey, Calif. That night, Joplin not only performed “Piece Of My Heart” but left both fans and celebrities in awe with her roaring version of “Ball and Chain.”
Her career also included memorable performances at Woodstock and occasional television appearances on “The Dick Cavett Show.” Ironically, it was on Cavett’s ABC show back in the late 1960s that took chances on performers like Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
Joplin sat down a few times and let Cavett interview her. Here’s a clip of one of those interviews, which was in her post-“Big Brother” time. It also was the final TV interview she did before dying two months later of a heroin overdose at 27 years old.
LeAnn Rimes Faces Battle With Depression Head-On
Success came early and quickly for Rimes. In fact, it took a toll on her mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. She reached a point where time in a treatment center for her depression and anxiety were needed.
In an interview with Fox News, Rimes describes the anxiety she felt while beginning her healing process.
“At first, I didn’t want to face my pain because I thought I would get lost in it,” she said. “But I didn’t.”
Rimes has been candid about the shame she felt about her depression.
“People are so ashamed to talk about it and ask for help,” she said. “But taking away the shame is so important. I had so much underlying grief, everything accumulated and I had to give in.”
Rimes talked about the power of using chant music recently in advance of releasing her album, “Chant: The Human and the Holy.”