LeAnn Rimes Overview
Margaret LeAnn Rimes, known simply as LeAnn Rimes, (born August 28, 1982) is an America United States n singer-songwriter and actress, best known for her work in country music. She is best known for her rich vocals similar to legendary country music singer Patsy Cline,
and her rise to fame at the age of 13, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996. Her debut album, Blue Blue (LeAnn Rimes album) , reached Number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified "multi-platinum" in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album's lead single of the same name Blue (LeAnn Rimes song) (originally intended to be recorded by Patsy Cline in the early 1960s) became a Top 10 hit. With immediate success, Rimes attained widespread national acclaim for her similarities to Cline's vocal style. When Rimes released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light up My Life: Inspirational Songs, Rimes went more towards country pop material, which would set the trend for a string of albums that would be released into the next decade. LeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to win a Grammy, and the first country singer to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Since her debut, Rimes has won many major industry awards, which include two Grammys Grammy awards , three ACMs Academy of Country Music Awards , one CMA Country Music Association Awards , twelve Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music American Music Awards award. In addition, Rimes has also released ten studio albums and four compilation albums through her record label of 13 years, Asylum-Curb Curb Records , and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
Rimes was born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Pearl, Mississippi in 1982 to Belinda Butler and Wilbur Rimes. Her family moved to Garland, Texas in 1988, where Rimes was raised. As an only child, Rimes was showered with attention by her parents. She was singing by the age of two, was enrolled into vocal and dance training, and by the age of five was performing at local talent shows .
Rimes initially began her career in musical theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol, and almost landed the lead part in the Broadway Broadway theatre production of Annie Annie (musical) . However, after appearing on the network television competition show, Star Search, Rimes decided to pursue a career in country music. Following her national television appearance, Rimes made a number of appearances on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which garnered the attention of national talent scouts.
By the age of nine, Rimes was already an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening ceremonies of the Dallas Cowboys football games. In order to bring his daughter more national attention, he began recording her under the independent label, Nor Ja Vak when she turned eleven. She released three albums under the label between 1992 and 1996.
Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter, Bill Mack. Mack was impressed by Rimes' vocal ability, and over the following three years, he also made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream level. The center of Mack's plan to bring her success was his self-penned composition, "Blue," which he had written in the early 1960s. Mack claimed that the song was intended to be recorded and made a hit record by Patsy Cline, but she had been killed in a plane crash before ever recording the composition. By 1995, Mack was able to gain Rimes a contract with Curb Records, after record executives heard Rimes sing "Blue."
After signing with Curb, Rimes re-recorded a new version of "Blue" that was to be released on her debut studio album on the label. In 1996, the new version of "Blue" was released as a single, peaking at Number 10 on the Billboard Country Chart Hot Country Songs .
While Curb was releasing "Blue," a claim was also sent out that Mack had been waiting over 30 years to find the perfect artist to record "Blue." However, the story was later found to be an exaggeration, as it was discovered that "Blue" had already been recorded by three different artists. Mack himself and Kenny Roberts both released versions of the song on Starday Records in the 1960s. In 1993, Australian artist Catherine Britt released her own version as a single in her native country. The story, though, was continually spread throughout the national press, adding to the idea that Rimes was the successor to Patsy Cline's legacy.
Allmusic considered the album to be "delightful" and that it could "help inspire other young teens."
Rimes followed up the single with several charting country singles from her 1996 album, starting with "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)," which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1996. She also released a duet single with Eddy Arnold from the album, a remake of his 1955 hit "Cattle Call."
Rimes' version of the title track Unchained Melody became a major country hit in early 1997 and helped increase sales for the album.
The album sold over four million copies in the United States, certifying 4× Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The album contained the single "How Do I Live", which became a major pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching Number 2.
Rimes released her third album for Curb in May 1998, Sittin' on Top of the World Sittin' on Top of the World (album) . The album leaned more progressively towards Adult Contemporary and mid-tempo pop music. It included pop material written by Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster.
Rolling Stone Rolling Stone magazine said Rimes vocal style "holds her own in the more po***r style of Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, wherein a spectacular voice upstages a song, grins and goes on about her business."
Upon its release, Sittin' on Top of the World debuted at Number 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and Number 3 on the Billboard 200,
and sold over a million copies in the United States, certifying "Platinum" in sales by the RIAA Recording Industry Association of America .
The album covered songs mainly by Patsy Cline – which included "Crazy Crazy (Willie Nelson song) ", "I Fall to Pieces", and "She's Got You" – that were primarily taken from her 12 Greatest Hits album. The album also covered Marty Robbins's "Don't Worry" and Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee". The album included one new song, "Big Deal Big Deal (song) ". The song gained many positive reviews. Allmusic called the song, "a return to her roots" and "a salute to one of her idols, Patsy Cline." The album in general received much praise. Allmusic called the album one of her "better" efforts, since they had disliked her previous releases.
Entertainment Weekly gave the album a positive review and said that Rimes's voice, "dares listeners to take note of what is missing in her interpretations -- the gutsiness and gut-wrenching urgency of performers who felt what they sang."
The album was a major success like her previous releases, debuting at Number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, topping the country albums chart for two weeks. In addition, it also peaked at Number 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The album also sold over one million copies in the United States, and was certified "Platinum" in sales by the RIAA.
Despite very little praise from critics, the album was sold well, certifying "Gold" in sales by the RIAA.
was originally recorded for the TV movie Jesus Jesus (1999 film) .
2002–2004: Po***rity decline
In February 2002 Rimes re-released the I Need You I Need You (LeAnn Rimes album) album with 9 of the songs originally released on the album, an extended version of the song You Are, the song Light the Fire Within which she sang at the Olympics the previous year and 4 bonus remixes.
Rimes would later that year release her sixth album (seventh studio album) titled Twisted Angel, which contained more adult material.
Instead, Rimes executive produced the album. A month following the album's release, Twisted Angel was certified "Gold" by the RIAA, her second Gold-certified album.
The album peaked at Number 3 on the Top Country Albums chart and Number 12 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Three singles were spawned from the album between 2002 and 2003, however none of the singles were Top 40 hits on the country or pop charts. The lead single, "Life Goes on Life Goes On (LeAnn Rimes song) ," reached the Top 40 only on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, peaking at Number 19. The second single, "Tic Toc" was a Top 40 Dance club hit in 2003.
Featured on the album was the single, We Can, which was originally released on the soundtrack of Legally Blonde 2 in July 2003.
The album would eventually be certified "Platinum" in 2007 The following year in October 2004, Rimes issued her first holiday-themed album titled, What a Wonderful World What a Wonderful World (LeAnn Rimes album) .
reaching Number 3 on the Billboard 200 and Number 2 on the Top Country Albums chart in 2005,
selling more than 100,000 copies within its first week. Rimes explained to the Chicago Sun-Times that the album helped mature her as a person, "I have 10 years of experience, so it's tough to get anything past me in this business. I've become a very strong woman because of all I've gone through, good and bad."
Rimes would release one final single in the US from her album This Woman in August 2006 called "Some People" which would peak at 34 on the US country charts.
Rimes took a two-year break, and then released her next studio album in October 2007, Family Family (LeAnn Rimes album) . The album was a mix of country, pop, and rock music, and included a duet with Bon Jovi, "Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore".
Allmusic gave Family four out of five stars and said that the album, "illustrates her range as a singer along with some true strength as a writer."
The album helped nominate Rimes for the Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" award in 2008.In 2008, Rimes toured with Kenny Chesney where she opened every show on his 2008 Poets and Pirates Tour, along with other artists on select dates such as Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban, Sammy Hagar, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, and Luke Bryan.
In late 2008, Rimes was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "What I Cannot Change," the third single from the album.
In 2008, she recorded For Good with Delta Goodrem for the Wicked 5th Anniversary Wicked (musical album) album.LeAnn teamed up with Joss Stone for a CMT Crossroads Crossroads (CMT TV series) special aired in fall 2007.
In 2009, LeAnn appeared for one night (Friday, September 25) at the Puyallup Fair, in Puyallup WA.
In 2010, LeAnn Rimes announced plans to release two new studio albums. The first, which will be an album featuring all cover songs by male artists, is due out in June. The second, which will feature original material, is due out later this year (Although this is uncomfirmed).
Vocal ability and musical stylings
Since her debut in 1996, Rimes' voice and vocal style have often been compared to and identified with Patsy Cline. Cline showed distinctive emotional expression in most of her material. Rimes has also used distinctive emotional expression in many of her songs, most notably her first single, "Blue Blue (LeAnn Rimes song) ", which was sung in the style of Cline. Rimes' vocal similarities to Cline had brought wide interest to the idea that Rimes was the successor to Cline's legacy, and brought her novelty appeal. Many music critics have argued that Rimes' vocals were only a reproduction of Cline's original sound, while others have disagreed.
Rimes has stated the main influence on her career is Patsy Cline. She has covered many of Cline's hit songs since the beginning of her career. Her 1999 self-titled album is primarily a tribute to Cline, as Rimes recorded five out of ten songs for the album that had been hits for Cline ten years before.After beginning to date actor Andrew Keegan in 1998, Rimes said to the press that she had some ideas about possibly getting involved in an acting career. Rimes later moved to Los Angeles, California later in the year with her mother to pursue an acting career.
Rimes played in the movie Good Intentions with her friend Elaine Hendricks which is filming near Atlanta, Georgia Georgia (U.S. state) .
Rimes plays Meg Galligan in the made for TV movie, Northern Lights, based on the Nora Roberts novel of the same name Northern Lights (book) . The film aired on the Lifetime Lifetime (network) network on March 12, 2009.and Laura Bush listen to LeAnn Rimes perform in the East Room of the White House in a performance honoring the Dance Theatre of Harlem on February 6, 2006
On May 21, 2000, Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur Rimes, and her former manager, Lyle Walker in Dallas, Texas. Rimes claimed that her father and former manager took over seven million dollars from her in the preceding five years. Rimes also alleged that both men made unreasonable fees and took advantage of Rimes's label, Asylum-Curb Curb Records in order to acquire financial gain. Rimes sought unspecified damages because her attorney was not sure of how much money had been lost in the preceding five years. According to Rimes's lawyer, her mother hired two accountants to investigate how much was taken from Rimes's fortune, and it was estimated that the men acquired around eight million dollars in royalties.
Rimes is currently involved in a relationship with her married Northern Lights Northern Lights (2009 film) co-star Eddie Cibrian, with whom she had a well-publicized extra-marital affair prior to the split from her own husband. Cibrian, the father of two small children, left his wife for Rimes and filed for divorce in August 2009, after eight years of marriage.
In 2008, she opened up about her lifelong struggle with the autoimmune disease psoriasis. She participated in a PSA public service announcement to raise awareness about the disease.
Rimes lent her voice to the 2008 song, Just Stand Up. The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer. As a result of SU2C fundraising endeavors, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award $73.6 million dollars towards cancer research.;Studio albums
* 1996: Blue Blue (LeAnn Rimes album)
* 1997: Unchained Melody: The Early Years
* 1997: You Light up My Life: Inspirational Songs
* 1998: Sittin' on Top of the World Sittin' on Top of the World (album)
* 1999: LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes (album)
* 2001: I Need You I Need You (LeAnn Rimes album)
* 2002: Twisted Angel
* 2005: This Woman
* 2006: Whatever We Wanna
* 2007: Family Family (LeAnn Rimes album)
* 2010: TBA
*2001: God Bless America God Bless America (LeAnn Rimes album)
*2003: Greatest Hits Greatest Hits (LeAnn Rimes album)
*2004: The Best of LeAnn Rimes
*2004: What a Wonderful World What a Wonderful World (LeAnn Rimes album)
Country Music Association awards
Academy of Country Music awards
American music awards
CMT music awards
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