LeAnn Rimes life and biography

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LeAnn Rimes biography

Date of birth : 1982-08-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-02-13
Credited as : Country music singer, and songwriter, Crazy Woman 2010

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LeAnn Rimes, born Margaret LeAnn Rimes is an American country singer-songwriter, actress and author. She is best known for her rich vocals similar to 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.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, her father played the guitar part-time and Rimes began her musical career at the tender age of two, with tap dancing and singing. Her parents entered her in talent contests and she had her first win at age five. When she was six, the family moved to Garland, Texas, where she was raised.

From age seven, Rimes used to sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Dallas Cowboys games and the National Cutting Horse Championships in Fort Worth. Her parents had recordings of these songs and sold them at the shows. She won ‘Star Search’ (1983) in 1990, at age eight, in the junior vocalist competition. By age 11, she had recorded her first album, ‘All That’ (1993), produced by her father at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, on an independent record label, Nor Va Jak. Later that year, Rimes met Bill Mack, a DJ and record promoter from Dallas. He was impressed by the young Rimes and wanted to help her break into the mainstream. His plan was for her to sing ‘Blue’, a song he had written in the 1960s.
Rimes burst out of nowhere, at age 13, with her debut single Blue (1996) and captured the attention of country fans across America. Her rich and powerful vocals led people to compare her to Patsy Cline whilst everyone marvelled at how young she was. Her album Blue (1996) sold eight million copies and ensured her instant stardom. Rimes performed concerts across Texas and appeared on television shows.

In 1997, the 14-year-old Rimes was voted Best New Artist of 1997 at the Grammy Awards, making her the youngest person to achieve this accolade, and also won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocalist. In addition, that year Rimes wrote her autobiography and played herself in the made-for-television film of the book, ‘Holiday in Your Heart’ (1997). Following two quick album releases, ‘You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs’ (1997) and ‘Unchained Melody: The Early Years’ (1997), Rimes released what many considered her second proper album, ‘Sittin’ On Top of the World’ (1998). Next was her self-titled album, ‘LeAnn Rimes’ (1999) which was a major success.

In May 2000, Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur, and his partner and Rimes’ co-manager, claiming that they stole in excess of $7 million of her earnings. The lawsuit had a negative affect on her career, but Rimes bounced back and eventually made up with her father. Rimes made a cameo appearance as herself in the film ‘Coyote Ugly’ (2000).

In 2001, at age 19, she dated actor Andrew Keegan and released ‘I Need You’ (2001) and ‘God Bless America’ (2001). Whilst recording her next album, the pop sounding ‘Twisted Angel’ (2002), Rimes met dancer Dean Sheremet. The couple announced their engagement on 14th December 2001 at Elton John’s Aids Foundation 'The Concert'. They were married on 23 February 2002 in Dallas, with Rimes’ grandfather walking her down the aisle. The couple live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Turning 21, Rimes released ‘Greatest Hits’ (2003), followed by ‘The Best Of’ (2004) and ‘What a Wonderful World’ (2004). ‘This Woman’ (2005) received mixed reviews but proved to be her best selling album in over five years. She was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance for the single ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ from the album. In 2005, Rimes was selected to become the new host of the USA Network reality TV series ‘Nashville Star’, a position she held for only one season.
Rimes provided the voice of Kelly Deegan in the television movie ‘Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes’ (2006). She also sang the theme song ‘Twinkle in Her Eye’ for the Holly Hobbie cartoon. The album ‘Whatever We Wanna’ (2006), released in June, was once more a pop-oriented sound, with Rimes having co-written 10 of the 15 songs on the album. Later that year, she performed with other bands in the 2006 Liberty Bowl in Memphis Tennessee. Her next album, ‘Family’, is due to be released in mid 2007. Rimes co-wrote every song on the album, except for one, which was written by her husband.

When not busy with music, Rimes regularly involves herself with worthy causes. These include being the official voice of the Children’s Miracle Network, which is dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals; performing at US Army and Air Force bases around the world; and meeting privately with President George W. Bush at the White House. Rimes had worked with several animal-friendly organisations and performed to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Moving gracefully from child prodigy to star, Rimes has packed an amazing amount of achievements into her life. To date, she has received an American Music Award, two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and twelve Billboard Music Awards. At the age of 24, Rimes has sold in excess of 37 million albums, making her one of the modern legends in the music industry.

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