The marvels of technology have permeated all areas of our lives, from medical advancements to communication enhancements. It was this very technology that enabled Jared Halley to produce a stirring a cappella version of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” using only his voice and some technological assistance. The original song from the 1960s evokes a sense of nostalgia, and Jared’s rendition, available on YouTube, is both a tribute to the past and a testament to the possibilities of the present.
In the video, Jared appears in sixteen small boxes, singing or dancing in each one, demonstrating his musical talent and technological prowess. It is evident from the video that not only is Jared musically gifted, but he also has a firm understanding of audio, video recording, and editing technology. The process of recording each part of the song and then editing it together would have been time-consuming and laborious, but Jared’s evident enjoyment throughout the video indicates that it was a labor of love.
It is important to note that this is not the first time Jared has undertaken such a project; he has performed dozens of memorable tunes in a similar fashion, including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon.
From a Christian perspective, music is a powerful tool for worship and praise. Ephesians 5:19 encourages believers to speak to one another “in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Music has the ability to uplift the spirit and draw us closer to God. Jared’s passion for music and his creative use of technology to produce this beautiful rendition of “Unchained Melody” is an inspiration for Christians to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God.
While the video showcases the advancements of technology and the talent of a young artist, it also serves as a reminder of the timeless nature of music and its ability to touch the soul. Whether you are familiar with the original version of “Unchained Melody” or hearing it for the first time, Jared’s a cappella rendition is sure to resonate with you. Watch the video below and let the melody touch your soul.