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LeAnn Rimes’ voice can still captivate us like it did all those years ago YouTube

LeAnn Rimes was just 13 years old when her debut single, “Blue,” was released in 1996. The single, along with her album by the same name, absolutely exploded. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The song did everything it could possibly do from introducing LeAnn to the world to earning the just-turned-teenager a trifecta of awards, including the ACM Song of the Year, the CMA Song of the Year and the Grammy for Best Country Song. She performed it later that year at the 30th annual CMA Awards in 1996.

It was as much of a debut success as anyone could hope for.

What many fans don’t realize though is that the version they know wasn’t the first time LeAnn recorded the song. She actually recorded it two years earlier when she was 11 for her independent album. The version we all know was re-recorded for her Sony album when she was 13.

The song has continued to be one of her biggest hits and sell long after LeAnn had moved on to her other singles. “Blue” was finally certified Gold (500,000 units sold) on March 16, 1998.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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