LeAnn Rimes Offers Soulful Version of Vince Gill’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ on New Album
LeAnn Rimes tackles country classics on her new 'Lady and Gentleman' album in stores next Tuesday, September 27. In addition to hits from Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Merle Haggard, Rimes tries Vince Gill's 1990 hit 'When I Call Your Name.' The singer says Gill -- like all the artists featured on the project -- was an inspiration, but he's also the co-producer of the album.
The Boot debuted the song this morning, and in an interview Gill says he helped steer Rimes toward a more soulful interpretation of his heart-wrenching ballad. "I started playing her some Sam Cooke records, so that she could hear it more like an R&B song," he says. "It was a neat way of doing the song, and she sang the fire out of it!"
The production does indeed have an R&B sound. Gill's distinguished guitar licks weave around Rimes' church-choir delivery of the lyrics. Beginning with the second chorus a gospel choir joins in to bring her to the end.
Rimes' cover of 'Swingin'' by John Anderson is also included on the album. The song was released as a single in 2010, but found little room on radio playlists. Her most recent single, 'Give,' is included as a bonus track. Rimes recently debuted a video for the song and performed it during the finale of NBC's 'America's Got Talent.'