The Voice 2019: Rebecca Howell, David Owens sing ‘Unchained Melody’

Rebecca Howell & David Owens sing "Unchained Melody" on The Voice 2019 Battles.

by Marsha Dizon

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Team Kelly’s Rebecca Howell (age 18) from Georgia and David Owens (age 24) from Indiana perform “Unchained Melody” in The Voice Battles Season 16 (2019).

“Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret, originally sang by Todd Duncan and used as the theme for the prison film Unchained (1955). The version by the Righteous Brothers is considered the most popular from more than a thousand recordings of “Unchained Melody”.

Rebecca and Georgia performed an amazing version that wowed the audience and The Voice coaches, but their Team Coach, Kelly Clarkson, chose Rebecca as the winner of the battle.

Rebecca Howell & David Owens sing “Unchained Melody” – The Voice Battles 2019

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Coaches’ Comments:

John Legend

I think this is gonna be tough for Kelly because it’s really comparing apples and oranges. Your ranges are completely different, your tones quite different but somehow met in this beautiful place in the middle.

I’d be very happy with either one of you on my team, if I were Kelly.

Adam Levine

David, I think that you’re amazing and you have an incredible tone. And I think that you’re right there.I see you’re 25 and I feel like the singer that I was then compared to the singer that I am now, I feel like I could crush that guy.

So I think that you’re gonna continue to get better and more amazing. But you have what is the most important thing to have, which is you’re starting with this really unique, incredible voice. However, right now, this is Rebecca’s.

Blake Shelton

I wanna say something that may shock the audience, but I’m going to strongly disagree with Adam.

I agree that Rebecca’s incredible. I hit my button for Rebecca, she’s amazing. She’s got a huge range.

But what David brings to the table, that Joe Cocker rattle that is so unique. And when somebody is right there and this close, that’s where having a good coach comes into play. I think I would go with David.

Kelly Clarkson

You both executed it so well which is what makes this so difficult because I agree with Blake in a sense that, dude, David your tone is butter. Especially with soul. It’s like the best mixture ever.

But Rebecca, you never screw up, ever. And I noticed you add a little somethin’ don’t think I didn’t notice that “Oh” in the beginning – But I was like, okay!

I love a big powerful female, especially in country music. Those are the women I grew up listening to as well. So, um, so this is super difficult. Is what this is. Yay!

You both did outstanding. I hope both of you don’t go home. This is my wish. But the winner of this battle is Rebecca.

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