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Leann Rimes

In 1996, LeAnn Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single, “Blue,” which immediately captured the focus of country fans across America. It wasn’t just the fact that her rich, powerful vocals were remarkably similar to Patsy Cline — it was the fact that Rimes was only 13 years old. Like Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee before her, she had a hit with her debut single and was barely a teenager at the time. It was quite an auspicious way to begin a career. Born in Jackson, MS, but raised in Garland, TX, Rimes (born August 28, 1982) started singing as a child, performing at local talent contests. At the age of 11, she put forth her first album on an independent album label called Nor Va Jak. That same year, Bill Mack, a Dallas disc jockey and album promoter, met Rimes, and impressed by her talents, he took her under his wing and began cultivating a plan to break her into the mainstream. The cornerstone of Mack’s plan was a song called “Blue,” which he had written in the ’60s. Mack claimed that he had written the tune for Cline, but she had died before she was able to album the song.

Throughout 1995, Rimes’ career continued to gain momentum, as she performed more than 100 concerts and appeared on tv concerts across Texas. After Mack arranged a record contract for Rimes with Curb Records, the label sent out a release with the single of “Blue” that claimed the DJ had been waiting over 30 years to find the right singer to sing “Blue.” The story was an exaggeration: “Blue” had been recorded by no less than three different artists, which included Bill Mack and Kenny Roberts, who both gave us versions on Starday in the ’60s, and in 1993, Kathryn Pitt gave us the record as a single in her native Australia. Nevertheless, the story was repeated throughout the country and mainstream material press, adding to the growing myth that Rimes was the successor to Cline’s tradition. “Blue” and its accompanying album of the same name became major smashes in the summer of 1996.

Blue debuted at number three on the pop charts, selling over 123,000 albums within its first week of release — the largest figure to date in the history of the SoundScan tracking system. Rimes was nominated for the Country songs Association Horizon award and the CMA Best Country Singer, becoming the youngest singer in the history of the CMA awards to receive a nomination; she won neither award. After two quickie 1997 releases — Unchained Melody: The Early Years and You Light Up My Life: Inspirational music — she released her second proper LP, Sittin’ on Top of the World, in 1998. Her self-titled third album came a year later and I Need You appeared in early 2001. The next year, Rimes came on the scene with a sexy flair for the pop-oriented Twisted Angel, but came back to contemporary country in 2005 with This Woman. Her 2006 effort Whatever We Wanna found her going back to pop and was issued exclusively in Europe. In 2007 she kicked off the Evan Almighty soundtrack with the gospel rave-up “Ready for a Miracle,” appeared on Hal Ketchum’s single “In Front of the Alamo,” and began preaching her next album, Family, with the single “Nothing Better to Do.”

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LeAnn Rimes Borrowed Video

Posted by MissMolly On January - 7 - 2013

Watch LeAnn Rimes Video for Borrowed Second Single Off Upcoming Album. LeAnn Rimes‘ current single, “Borrowed“, the second from her highly anticipated upcoming album, Spitfire, is an emotional and raw song. Considering the very public history she has with her current husband, Eddie Cibrian, and the theme of the song (borrowing someone who isn’t yours…), [...]

LeAnn Rimes Sings with Carly Sonenclar On X-Factor Finale

Posted by MissMolly On December - 20 - 2012

LeAnn Rimes Sings Duet with Carly Rose Sonenclar on The X-Factor. Earlier this week, LeAnn Rimes stopped by The X-Factor to perform a duet with one of the remaining three finalists, Carly Sonenclar, and as seems to always be the case these days, drama has been stirred up. Since the performance, various folks have criticized [...]

Shot of Country: LeAnn Rimes Blue

Posted by MissMolly On November - 16 - 2012

Drink Recipes Inspired By Country Music Lyrics, This Is Your Shot of Country: LeAnn Rimes Blue! What goes better with Country Music than a good drink? Not much! So, we’re goin’ straight to the source and bringing you recipes inspired by our favorite country music lyrics. So, grab a glass and get ready! This week, [...]

LeAnn Rimes on ABC’s All Access Nashville

Posted by MissMolly On October - 25 - 2012

LeAnn Opens Up with Katie Couric On ABC’s Upcoming All Access Nashville Special Report. LeAnn Rimes will be featured in the upcoming “20/20″ special report: All Access Nashville, and she opens up to Katie Couric about her recent voluntary stint at a 30 day treatment program, the stress of her career and more. “I feel [...]

LeAnn Rimes Relaunches Fan Website

Posted by MissMolly On August - 24 - 2012

LeAnn Rimes Official Fan Website Is Back Up and Running! Calling all LeAnn Rimes fans!! Your all access portal to one of your favorite country music superstars is now back and open for business! As of Thursday, August 23rd, is once again in operation, and fans can sign up for the “Spitfire Social Club” [...]

LeAnn Rimes Undergoes Oral Surgery

Posted by MissMolly On July - 31 - 2012

LeAnn Rimes Undergoes Dental Surgery, Shows Canceled. LeAnn Rimes is currently recovering from emergency dental surgery she underwent on July 30th. The country singer had to have an extensive root canal in order to curb pain she had begun experiencing previously. No doubt the pain was impacting her ability to perform. Rimes was forced to [...]

LeAnn Rimes Working On New Album

Posted by MissMolly On February - 21 - 2012

LeAnn Rimes Starts Work On New Album of Original Songs! LeAnn Rimes is headed to the studio next month to start recording a new album of original music! All the song-writing is done, and now she just has to sit down and hammer out those vocals. Last year, Rimes released the impressive project of covers, [...]

Craig Campbell On Southern Fried Flicks

Posted by HaleighT On November - 17 - 2011

Craig Campbell Will Join Hazel Smith On CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks. American Country Award nominee Craig Campbell will be a guest on CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks! This Saturday, November 19, Campbell will get in the kitchen with Hazel Smith! They will talk food, how he made his way to Nashville and this past busy year [...]

Leann Rimes Lady & Gentlemen Album Review

Posted by HaleighT On October - 7 - 2011

Leann Rimes Makes Magic With Her 12th Studio Album! Leann Rimes has done a brilliant thing with the help of Vince Gill and Darrell Brown! Lady & Gentlemen was released late September and is a collection of some of Rimes’ favorite country classics! As the album title says, this is a playlist full of gentlemen [...]

LeAnn Rimes Headlines ACM Benefit

Posted by MissMolly On July - 19 - 2011

LeAnn Rimes To Headline ACM Lifting Lives Concert. LeAnn Rimes is set to headline ACM’s first Lifting Lives Concert. The benefit will be held at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL, winner of the Academy of Country Music Nightclub of the Year Award. The venue has chosen to underwrite the cost of the event so that [...]