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Leann Rimes Biography

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Birth Name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes
Born: 1982/08/28
Birth Place: Pearl, Mississippi, United States
Years Active: 1991-present
Genres: Country, Pop, Adult Contemporary

LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982) is an American country singer-songwriter, actress, and author. She is best known for her rise to fame at the age of 13, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

By the age of nine, Rimes was already an experienced singer. In order to bring his daughter more national attention, he began recording her under the independent label Nor Va Jak 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. By 1995, Mack was able to gain Rimes a contract with Curb Records, after record executives heard Rimes sing the Mack-penned song, "Blue."

After signing with Curb, Rimes re-recorded a new version of "Blue" that peaked at #10 on the Billboard Country Songs chart in 1996. Rimes's album, “Blue,” was also released in 1996, and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Rimes followed up the single with several charting country singles from her 1996 album, starting with “One Way Ticket (Because I Can),” which reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart in 1996. In 1998 she was awarded Grammy awards for “Best New Artist” and for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” for "Blue.”

In 1997, Rimes released her follow-up studio album to “Blue” titled “You Light up My Life: Inspirational Songs.” The album covered classic inspirational songs, such as “Clinging to Saving a Hand” and “Amazing Grace.” It also featured pop music remakes of songs such as Debby Boone's “You Light up My Life” and Bette Midler's “The Rose.” The album was a departure from Rimes' previous releases as it contained more Adult Contemporary-styled music than Country. The album went to #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Country Albums charts. It sold over four million copies in the United States, certifying 4× multi-platinum by the RIAA. The album contained the single “How Do I Live,” which became a major pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #2. "How Do I Live" set a new record for becoming the longest-running single in Billboard Hot 100 history, spending 69 weeks on the chart.

Rimes released her third album for Curb in May 1998, “Sittin' on Top of the World.” It also included a remake of Prince's “Purple Rain” and was produced by her father. Upon its release, “Sittin' on Top of the World” debuted at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200, certifying platinum by the RIAA. The album spawned the #4 Country hit “Commitment” the Top 20 Pop hit “Looking Through Your Eyes,” and the #10 Country hit “Nothin' New Under the Moon.”

Rimes released her fourth studio album for Curb, “LeAnn Rimes,” in 1999, a collection of country standards. The album was a major success like her previous releases, debuting at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart, topping the and at #8 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA. The album's lone new song, “Big Deal,” was the lead single, and became a Top 10 country hit that year, peaking at #6. Also in 1999, Rimes recorded a duet with Elton John for the stage musical “Aida,” titled “Written in the Stars.” The song became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

In January 2001, Rimes released her sixth studio album, “I Need You,” an album aimed at the pop market. The album topped the Country Albums chart for one week, and also peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200. Despite very little praise from critics, the album sold well, certifying gold in sales by the RIAA. Rimes would later go on to publicly disown the album, which she stated was compiled together from studio outtakes her father had produced. The album's lead single, "I Need You" became a Top 10 Country hit and also a major pop hit, reaching #11 on the Hot 100. Also included on the album was the song “Can't Fight the Moonlight,” released from the soundtrack of the film “Coyote Ugly.” The song was released as the album's second single and became a crossover Pop hit, reaching #11.

In 2002 Rimes released her seventh album titled “Twisted Angel,” which contained more adult material. After battling managerial control over her career the previous year, “Twisted Angel” became the first album released by Rimes that was not produced by her father. 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 #3 on the Top Country Albums chart and #12 on the Billboard 200. 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 following year when Rimes turned 21, she released a “Greatest Hits” compilation. The album peaked at #3 on the Top Country Albums chart and #24 on the Billboard 200 in. Featured on the album was the single, “We Can,” which was originally released on the soundtrack of “Legally Blonde 2” in 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.”

In January 2005, Rimes released her eighth studio album, “This Woman,” her first album of contemporary country music in several years. Although the album received mixed reviews from critics, it was Rimes's best-selling album in over five years, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top Country Albums chart in 2005. “This Woman” would eventually be certified gold later in 2005. The album's singles were Rimes's first Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart in five years. The three singles released from the album, “Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense,” “Probably Wouldn't Be This Way” and “Something's Gotta Give” all peaked within the Top 5 on the Country chart. From the album, Rimes was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Something's Gotta Give.”

In 2006, Rimes released the studio album, “Whatever We Wanna,” which was released exclusively outside of the United States and Canada. It was originally planned on being released in North America, however due to the success of “This Woman,” it was never released. The album spawned minor hits in the United Kingdom, including “And it Feels Like” and a duet with Brian McFadden titled, “Everybody's Someone.” The album leaned more towards Pop Rock and R&B music instead of country.

Rimes took a two year break, and then released her next studio album in October 2007, “Family.” The album was a mix of country, pop, and rock music, and included a duet with Bon Jovi, “Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore.” “Family” was the first album released by Rimes in which every track was co-written by Rimes herself. The album's lead single, “Nothin' Better to Do” peaked at #14 on the Billboard Country chart. In late 2008, Rimes was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “What I Cannot Change.”

Despite singing new material at several live shows earlier in the year, it was announced, on May 24, 2010 by Rimes via her Twitter account, that her new studio album would be a cover album of country songs, titled Lady and Gentlemen. LeAnn first debuted the song at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. The single was released on June 8, 2010. According to LeAnn Rimes' official website, she is planning on re-recording her hit, "Blue" for the new album. She stated that she wants "the album to be perfect." Since she is doing this, the album would take a longer waiting time to come out. "Crazy Women," "Blue" and "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" were announced, in the same post, as the three extra tracks that LeAnn went back in the studio to add to the album. A third single, "Give", (penned by Rimes) is slated to be released on the 18th of July.

In June 2010 Rimes released the first single from her upcoming album, “Lady and Gentlemen,” a cover of John Anderson's 1983 single, “Swingin'.” In November 2010, she released the second single titled, “Crazy Women” to radio.

Since her debut, Rimes has won many major industry awards, which include two Grammys, three ACMs, one CMA, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. In addition, Rimes has also placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.