In this video from 2018, 71-year-old René Bishop auditioned for The Voice Senior with a rendition of Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers and swept the judges off their feet. He managed to get all of the judges to press the button and swivel their chairs around, in this incredible performance.
The Voice is a television series known for bringing unknown vocal artists to the spotlight and mentoring them. The voice coaches will listen to a performer sing and if they like the performance they will hit a button that says “I want you”. The performing artist will then either get paired with the coach who wanted them or will choose a coach if more than one expresses interest. Some of the most successful winners of The Voice are Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, and Jordan Smith.
However, The Voice usually showcases young artists. Unfortunately, seniors tend to get discriminated against, so people usually favor the younger vocal artists over the older ones. To combat this discrimination, The Voice created The Voice Senior, an edition of The Voice that showcases elderly vocal artists. In order to be a participant of The Voice Senior, a contestant must be over 60-years-old.
One of these contestants was 71-year-old René Bishop. Bishop performed a rendition of Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. His smooth and silky performance was powerful, keeping the audience and coaches invested throughout the entire song. When the camera pans to Bishop’s family, you can see the pride on their faces. The coaches looked impressed by his performance, and all of them expressed interest by hitting the button for “I want you” as soon as he hit the high note of the song.
His performance went viral. The video of Bishop singing Unchained Melody has over 17 million views on YouTube. The comments all express their amazement at Bishop’s incredible vocal talent. One commenter remarked, “Respect. Class sheer class. The world does not belong only to the young.”
Bishop has proven that you do not have to be young to be a star. It is never too late to go after your dreams. If you have talent, it does not matter how old you are. You are capable of success at any age.
What did you think of René Bishop’s performance of Unchained Melody? If you were one of the coaches, would you have wanted him? Let us know what you think, then be sure to pass this uplifting story on to your family and friends!