LeAnn Rimes Biography
LeAnn Rimes (born Margaret LeAnn Rimes August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is one of the most popular American country music singers. To date she has sold more than 37 million albums at the age of only 24, making her one of the modern legends today. She has won an American Music Award, two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and twelve Billboard Music Awards, and was recently selected to sing the Disney 50th Anniversary song, "Remember When." Rimes emerged with the single "Blue" when she was only 13 years old. She holds the record for the longest charted song with her crossover hit "How Do I Live", which spent 69 weeks on the U.S Hot 100 charts, and sold more than 3 million copies of that single alone, making her the first country artist to sell that many copies of a single.
When Bill Mack, a Dallas disc jockey and record promoter, met Rimes, he was so 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 Patsy Cline, but she had died before she was able to record the song. In 1996, Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single, Blue, which immediately captured the attention 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. At the age of 14, LeAnn Rimes became the youngest person to ever win a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1997. Her first album sold more than 8 million copies bursting her into instant stardom.
On her music career journey, she released How Do I Live for the film Con Air; her version was rejected in favor of Trisha Yearwood's more mature rendition, but Rimes outsold Yearwood's version by 3 million and spent more weeks on the charts than any other song in history.
She had success with soundtracks in 2000, contributing I Need You to the TV movie Jesus and Can't Fight the Moonlight to Coyote Ugly, a film in which she also appeared. However, she publicly disowned the 2002 album I Need You, which was cobbled together from studio outtakes. Her career was also affected negatively when she sued her father and manager Wilbur C. Rimes, his partner, and her co-manager, for misappropriating more than $7 million of her earnings. After several years of isolating herself from him, LeAnn and her father reconciled shortly before her wedding, with Wilbur taking the traditional role of walking her down the aisle and giving her away.
Rimes continued to provide soundtracks for motion pictures like Driven (2001), View from the Top (2003) and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) with We Can. She also went back to acting and played the supporting role of Connie Francis in an episode of the TV series American Dreams (2003).
Not many artist can boast a true 'Greatest Hits' album before their 21st birthday, because they often fade away, but not Rimes, who released her chart topping singles onto the Greatest Hits album, saying it was a way of closing the door to her first era and opening another.
On January 25, 2005, Rimes released a new album called This Woman. Although it has been met with mixed reviews, This Woman is a comeback of sorts for Rimes. With sales over 600,000, this is Rimes' best-selling album in over five years, since her self-titled album in 1999. In terms of the singles released, this is her most successful album since her debut nearly 10 years ago. The upbeat and undeniably catchy "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense" reached the Top 5 and became her biggest hit on the country charts in years. "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", a song about a woman trying to get over a lost love, was released as a single, climbing to number 3. The video to "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way" was very dark, and the song was received well in the country music world. When "Something's Gotta Give" broke into the Top 3 and reached the #2 spot on the Billboard country chart and #1 on the Radio and Records country chart in June 2006, it became her biggest country hit since "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)", her sole Billboard number one hit 10 years ago. The video for "Something's Gotta Give" also reached #1 on CMTs video countdown.
To date, LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums total and only at the remarkable age of 23. Compared to others in the industry at that age, she is one of the legends in the music industry.
On Saturday, September 3, 2005, Rimes performed a concert, on a three hour special on Larry King Live, as a benefit for those affected in the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. As a Mississippian, she said that Hurricane Katrina "hit close to home." Just days before the hurricane, she had performed in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On June 6, 2006, Rimes released a new album in Europe called "Whatever We Wanna". The new album presents a pop-oriented sound. Rimes co-wrote 10 out of the 15 songs on the album. The album includes a remixed pop version of her song "Some People" from her album This Woman. The first single released was "And It Feels Like", which reached #22 on the official UK singles chart. It peaked at #24 in Ireland.