I’m not sure if it is the addition of Reba McEntire being a coach this season, but The Voice has highlighted some excellent country music performances this far into the season. While there have been great acts, this one caught my eye.
During the knockout rounds, one of this season’s young contestants, Ruby Leigh, who is on team Reba, stepped up to the plate with her song choice, covering the challenging track of LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue.”
The 1996 hit from Rimes highlights her yodeling ability with the challenging vocal slides in the song’s chorus. Fans instantly took to the melancholy track as it skyrocketed to number three on the all-genre chart and went to number one on the country charts. The song, highlighting how lonely going through heartbreak can feel, hits you in the stomach as her vocals almost mimic the wails of someone crying.
Ruby Leigh carries that same feeling throughout her performance.
The vocal range this Foley, Missouri native carries is astonishing, combined with her vocal control throughout the long, drawn-out notes and intense vocal slides. She nails every single note, leaving the judges looking impressed.
Throughout the performance, Reba beams as the young star from her team kills the performance. You know she has to feel proud to represent a country artist who has clarity in her voice like the stars of the 1960s.
They don’t make them like this anymore, and Ruby Leigh has something special.
We wouldn’t be able to enjoy this killer performance if LeAnn Rimes hadn’t laid down those killer vocals first. “Blue” is a timeless country track.