LeAnn Rimes Throw My Arms Around The World
by Snehashree Mandal for Country Music News International
LeAnn Rimes, born Margaret LeAnn Rimes on August 28, 1982, in Mississippi, began her musical career at the age of 13 with her debut album, Blue, thus becoming the youngest country singer and music star after Tanya Tucker.
Daughter of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler, Rimes was six years old when her family moved to Texas. Since then, she has been training in singing and dance classes. She began performing at the musical theatre at an early age and played a part in ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Dallas, Texas. She later participated in the Star Search competition. Rimes then advanced towards country music.
After gaining sufficient experience in music, Rimes began national tours with her father and also recorded three albums with an independent label Nor Va Jak by the age of eleven. Soon after this, DJ and record promoter Bill Mack spotted Rimes’ talent and decided to launch her into mainstream music.
Commencement of musical journey and breakthrough performances
Rimes did a re-recording of “Blue” for her debut studio album after signing a contract with Curb Records. Her debut album sold 123,000 copies in the first week of its release and became a hit on the Top Country Albums chart. It also grabbed the number ten spot on the Billboard Country Chart. The debut album sold a total of four million copies in the US alone and eight million copies all over the world. With this, Rimes became the youngest person at the age of 14 in 1997 to win a Grammy in the category of Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
After this, Rimes released several other albums, some consisting of remakes and compilations of her previous recordings. She released her second studio album in 1997 titled, “You Light Up My Life”. Besides releasing albums, she also appeared on the television show LeAnn Rimes in Concert on Disney Channel. On October 13, 1997, she also published her first novel, Holiday in Your Heart with Tim Carter.
She subsequently released the eponymous titled “LeAnn Rimes” in 1999. Rimes also recorded a duet “Written in the Stars,” in 1999 with Elton John. 2000 onwards, Rimes’ releases also incorporated pop music influence. She also sang the title track of the movie Coyote Ugly released in the year 2000.
“The best of LeAnn Rimes” released in February 2004 became her second greatest hit albums. With the album, “This Woman” released in January 2005, Rimes returned to contemporary music. This became another best-selling album of her after five years grabbing the No. 3 position on the Billboard 200 and the 2nd position on the Top Country Albums chart in 2005. Her ninth album “Family” released in October 2007 was an amalgamation of country, rock, and pop music. It also featured a duet with Bon Jovi called “Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore.”
“Spitfire” and “Remnants” are among her latest albums released in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Remnant is, in fact, her final record with Curb.
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