Leann Rimes - NewsThe latest news from Leann Rimeshttp://leannrimesworld.com/newsSongs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 8<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/14/00/images/assets/medium.bRLLk2CMOIFiXgQRCVsmPQEF9Bg8mqSdL0LgIcAVaOQ.jpeg" /><br /><p>This week LeAnn performs <strong>"Alive (Thanks To You),"</strong> an original written by her and Darrell Brown, in response to last weeks VH1s "LeAnn & Eddie SEASON FINALE."<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gefnEPox9sk" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:49:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/224353LeAnn Rimes Talks How To Be Yourself In Life & Love<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/09/images/assets/medium.BVtTD6MSxcATN9u9NAwNs-UFaBO0UVkUqoUpqj6bQmQ.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes is no stranger to life under the microscope. The country crooner has been in the public eye since her teens and in the news ever since. Beyond making music and making headlines, shes most recently kept busy making a VH1 reality show, LeAnn & Eddie with her husband, the ever-swoon worthy Eddie Cibrian.<br /> <br /> From a bad record deal to divorce, LeAnn has been through a lot in her career and her personal life. When we chatted with the recently turned 32 year-old (happy birthday!), she explained how shes become herself in life (and love!), and how you can too.<br /> <br /> <strong>StyleBlazer:</strong> Having grown up in the public eye, was it easy to be yourself?<br /> <strong>LeAnn Rimes:</strong> No, not at all. I dont think I came into who I am outside of music and the name LeAnn Rimes until the last two years. You have so many opinions and ideas from so many other people telling you what you should and shouldnt do, at such a young age, that it was really difficult to find myself outside of my career. Its been quite a journey. Once I hit 30, I think it really started clicking for me.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> A lot of women feel identified by their careers but usually not until later in life. It was the opposite for you.<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> I grew up with a career so early, and now its almost completely reversed. Now Im able to settle in a little bit and do some self-exploration.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> How do you think women can be themselves in life and in love? What does your self-exploration entail?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> The greatest thing is I have a partner that allows me to do that. Were two very different people. Hes such a dude and a quiet guy. Im always like, s talk about it all. We bring out the best in each other. He knows my weaknesses and celebrates it all, and its nice for him to support any kind of change or growth thats happening. I think thats the biggest thing that Ive found in my relationship with Eddie. With kids and a job and all that, you forget to find time for yourself. Its still very difficult for me to not feel selfish about doing that, but you just really have to keep that time because its important.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> Why is it so important for women to be themselves in relationships from the start?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> You dont want to present something thats not really truly you. As you get older, you just realize cut through the bullsh**, really, at the end of the day. The basis of it all is the truth. You have to have that. I feel like a lot of people are afraid of rejection we all are. Its our nature. We dont want to reveal those things too far in advance, but its almost beneficial to start releasing those things pretty early on.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> Whats the best love advice youve ever received and who gave that to you?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> Thats hard! Eddie and I have been through therapy together, which is amazing. I highly recommend if for anybody, not even those who are dealing with anything. We had a blast. I know that sounds really strange, but we had a blast together. I think to take a time out is the best love advice Ive been given. Take a moment and not escalate to something. Come back and have a real conversation and be respectful of peoples boundaries. And language is so important when speaking to the one you love. Respect is the biggest thing for both of us.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> You and Eddie renewed your vows after one year together. Have you done that since and do you plan to again?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> We did on our first year anniversary because we wanted to get married in Cabo. We renewed our vows there, which was beautiful. Weve talked about it, doing it very, very privately. Its more of the things weve personally gone through. We vow to never get a divorce. It would be that kind of [ceremony], rather than a big deal.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> What are some important things for a successful relationship?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> Respect is huge; to be proud of the partner that youre with and know that they have your back 100 percent. Thats a huge thing for both of us making sure to put that at the forefront of your relationship, especially with kids around. To be exhausted at the end of the day and not be able to speak or be intimate with each other the longer you go on like that, the more you grow apart. So, thats really important. We talk all the time. Were connected that way.<br /> <br /> <strong>SB:</strong> What are some unimportant things that people shouldnt focus on?<br /> <strong>LR:</strong> Im not sure there are unimportant things. I think some women get wrapped up in the whole Price Charming thing and s amazing theyre holding out for something that doesnt exist. I think you have to realize what love really is. Its difficult and it can be really dirty and it can be a lot of hard work, and it can be one of the most amazing things at the same time.</p> <p><a href="http://styleblazer.com/319876/styleblazer-exclusive-leann-rimes-talks-life-love/" target="_blank">SOURCE</a></p> <p>Photo by: Sarah Hertel</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:49:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/223623Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 7<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/01/02/images/assets/medium._s5fvLDdG816Q6DHmvpjXjLNBmXkowS6NXlsO6iyyVk.jpeg" /><br /><p>This week, LeAnn covers "Love Runs Out" written by One Republic in response to this weeks VH1s "LeAnn & Eddie" - See what happens TONIGHT 8.28 + 10:30/9:30C<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3iCq6wyduVg" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/223353Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 6<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/08/11/images/assets/medium.zBX0OnqrHHD4Upv1nS4r1d8yZSIB4YWDztL7NGyVZKQ.jpeg" /><br /><p>LeAnn does a Vignette of James Brown, The Supremes, Sheryl Crow, and Sonny & Cher songs in response to this weeks VH1s "LeAnn & Eddie."<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ta6i-ZZYHpE" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:18:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/222553Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 5<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/10/images/assets/medium.MpIcbjorc9Bjm5fRA5pVyhWCDeuV7IBRSSfghcCb2ak.jpeg" /><br /><p>"Stay With Me" Sam Smith Cover<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pE2qhbfw0j4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/221763LeAnn Gets 'Sound Advice'<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/00/images/assets/medium.M3UiYjp0UrcnyrKz2kbIsla0FY_jn5bzLopknBhbmxo.jpeg" /><br /><p>Check out LeAnn on Sound Advice with Jenessa Slater. In the interview, media coach Janessa Slater (SNLs Vanessa Bayer) gives LeAnn tips on pregnancy and tabloids. Watch the video below:<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wmMj_nlyu7Q" width="560"></iframe><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://aboveaverage.com/watch/sound-advice-with-janessa-slater/leann-rimes/" target="_blank">AboveAverage.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:01:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/221683Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 4<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/06/images/assets/medium.egrq3G6a5ocybFheKFdCHkUn7Fce3sF4_CYvCoBVHYc.jpeg" /><br /><p>"All About That Bass" & "Baby Got Back" Cover MASH UP<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H-e7-sya7l0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/220893Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 3<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/10/images/assets/medium.XTjwUHRtGLjYusROERhkqWLxQouaGm9xvOlk45Nht2U.jpeg" /><br /><p>"The Story" Brandi Carlile Cover<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f7ggYpfeXzQ" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/219983Songs & Hymns Inspired by Tabloids - Week 2<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/03/images/assets/medium.r3N1i0szjJWhn1VMsI3W94RWtf8G9xf_HgHl_FEQCbw.png" /><br /><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UAbFoFSsY90" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:59:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/219223LeAnn Rimes Caught with Santa’s Elves<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/02/images/assets/medium.Z8fJKt-2VHCkXqZqobQ1gtD1tYoNmGVkAGOqman1sT0.jpg" /><br /><p><strong>Celebrates Christmas in July with ONE Christmas Holiday Album and Tour</strong></p> <p>LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2014) Grammy and World Music Award winning singer, LeAnn Rimes wants to deck your halls as it was announced today that the singer will be packing up her sleigh and hitting the road this December for an all-new holiday themed tour called, ONE Christmas in select cities. The tour coincides with the release of her new Christmas album also called ONE Christmas - chapter 1 being released this holiday season.<br /> <br /> This is the first chapter of three Christmas albums Rimes plans to release over consecutive holiday seasons. ONE Christmas - chapter 2 will be released in 2015 with ONE Christmas chapter 3 in 2016.<br /> <br /> I love EVERYTHING about the holidays, said Rimes, and want to share the magic and joy of the season with my fans. I look forward to playing some of myfavorite Christmas classics for music lovers in an intimate, cozy<br /> <br /> The six song EP is produced by Rimes and Darrell Brown and includes songs:</p> <ol> <li>Silent Night Holy Night</li> <li>I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas</li> <li>Blue Christmas</li> <li>Someday at Christmas</li> <li>Hard Candy Christmas</li> <li>White Christmas</li> </ol> <p>The ONE Christmas tour dates are as follows:</p> <p><a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282163">12/5/2014 - Rutland, VT @ Paramount Theatre</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282173">12/7/2014 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282233">12/11/2014 - Elmira, NY @ Clemens Center</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282183">12/12/2014 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282193">12/13/2014 - Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/275963">12/16/2014 - Manhattan, KS @ McCain Auditorium</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/282203">12/18/2014 - St. Charles , IL @ Arcada Theater</a></p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/leannrimesofficial" target="_blank">www.youtube.com/user/leannrimesofficial</a>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sZzmU4OJsjM" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:12:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/217673LeAnn Rimes Dishes on Her Stepsons, Tabloids, and "Saying What Other People Can't Say for Themselves"<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/06/images/assets/medium.kntpPFxEOLm3JrhPO9fqBG0t5DuuLrCSBj47nD_sujE.jpg" /><br /><p>Though LeAnn Rimes has dealt with her share of tabloid controversy, speaking with her on the phone revealed a calm and cool character. Though the papers sprinkle words like "affair" and "rehab" generously next to her name, Rimes just seems like a family friend youve known your whole life -- Rimes is normal but not ordinary.<br /> <br /> With her newest album, <em>Spitfire</em>, it seems as if the successful country star is letting it all out for the first time since she started working at the age of 11. In a bold move, her and hubby Eddie Cibrians VH1 series, <em>LeAnn & Eddie</em>, will premiere on July 17, broadcasting even more of Rimes personal life.<br /> <br /> To get the lowdown on LeAnn, we spoke with her about her two stepsons, her reputation, and, of course, her heartbreaker anthem "How Do I Live."<br /> <br /> <strong>
New Times: You have won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and 12 Billboard Awards. Where do you go from here?</strong><br /> 
LeAnn Rimes:<em> [laughs] My stepson said, "You know, you have 20 awards. You should get 21." So thats the goal. [laughs] But its not about that for me. I try to always look forward, not back. Until recently, I had all the awards in my closet. They are now in my living room. Its more about the music to me; the fact that people are still interested 20 years later is huge.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>

So you mentioned that you are looking for a new record deal. Why is that?</strong><br /> 
<em>Well, my record deal contract is currently up, so Im in the process of signing with someone else. Its nice to have a new set of eyes for me now from when I was 11. Its fresh ears, fresh eyes, fresh perspective on things. It creates a whole new world.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>You were young when you started in the music industry. How do you think that affected your childhood and how you grew up?</strong><br /> 
<em>You try so hard to invent yourself as a kid and think you dont miss out on things, but you kind of do. My oldest stepson, Mason, is 11, but I cant even imagine him signing a record deal now -- that would be weird. But by hanging out with my stepsons, I get a chance to be a kid again. Its crazy, but I feel like I get a chance to play at age 31, like jumping on a trampoline.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>What other activities do you guys do together besides jumping on trampolines?</strong><br /> <em>
Oh, thats probably my favorite. Its a workout. I get more out of it then they do. [laughs]</em><br /> <br /> <strong>

You said Mason is the oldest and he is 11, so the other one has to be fairly young. How old are your stepsons, and if they wanted, would you ever let them pursue a career in the music industry at a young age?</strong><br /> 
<em>Yeah, Mason is 11, and Jack is 7. Developing talent is superimportant, but I would never push them into the business side of things. Its important to let them do what they love, but to have them embedded in it... Ive learned my lesson there. [laughs] Jake will play guitar and sing, and its out of tune, but he doesnt care. Mason will also play guitar and make up songs. They jam out on the side of the stage with their headphones on.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Aww. So they like coming out to your shows?</strong><br /> 
<em>They love coming out on the road during the summer. They think the bus is a jungle gym.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>

Do you think your music has influenced their taste?</strong><br /> <em>
I hope so! Sometimes they listen to something and Im like, OK, we need to listen to something more serious here. [laughs] They love Adele, which is awesome. Im like, "Aww." I play them a demo and you can see what they like.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Do the demos they like determine what makes the cut for the final album?</strong><br /> <em>
Sometimes. Kids think so concrete, different than adults, so if they like a song, you did pretty well. They sang "Shes My Cherry Pie," and Im like, "We need to branch out and find a new song."</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Yeah, not sure how people would feel about kids so young singing that!</strong><br /> 
<em>Yeah, sometimes I hear something and I say, "Uh, um, turn that off." [laughs]</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Spitfire is rumored to be your most personal album. Is there a particular song on there that really hits home for you?</strong><br /> <em>
Writing "Borrowed" was being able to approach something so personal. I went through years of people writing the wrong stories and intentions for me. I was able to look at myself in the mirror and approach the subject. It was freeing.</em><br /> <br /> <em>I wasnt intentionally going to write such a personal album. It changed my approach that Im not afraid to say what other people are saying or how you feel. It creates a deeper connection with listeners who hold back from what they think. Saying what other people cant say for themselves -- thats what music should be all about. Its a gift that should be shared. My favorite artists are people who are not afraid to say how they feel, like Janis Joplin. Thats what sets a good performer and a great performer apart: A great performer helps people feel and express something they cant.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Youve been in the tabloids for the past couple of years. How does this work as a growing experience for you, and do you think this changed you?</strong><br /> <em>
Yeah, absolutely, in both life and music. In the past, "music LeAnn" and "life LeAnn" were split. They are now more cohesive and one thought. Its helped me approach things more differently in life. No matter what the risk is, its one person.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Your song "How Do I Live" is still recognizable and famous to this day even though it came out years ago. How does that feel?</strong><br /> <em>
I never really sit and think about it. Ive had every story surrounding that song... Funerals, for example. All the songs that affected me, I dont consider myself to have that effect on people. Im realizing I have that influence as an artist. Its a great feeling and also a heavy responsibility in a way. Its overwhelming, hard to wrap your head around. You always will have that connection with those people. They have a connections with that song and your voice.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>What specific stories do you remember from that song?</strong><br /> <em>
Its used in lots of funerals and weddings. They remember where they heard that song and decided to use it. Patsy Clines husband, Charlie, pulled over on the side of the road when he first heard it; it was that eerie. My mom remembers when she heard it.</em><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2014/06/leann_rimes_dishes_on_her_stepsons_tabloids_and_saying_what_other_people_cant_say_for_themselves_interview_2014_reality_tv.php" target="_blank">Broward Palm Beach New Times</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/216503LeAnn Rimes on Her New Show with Eddie Cibrian and Her Beauty Secrets<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/08/images/assets/medium.SxGCn1W6FutuMav1CZ3R79tqP_lmqcb2TtYWY3Lqoz4.jpg" /><br /><p>"Extra" special correspondent Alecia Davis recently sat down with singer LeAnn Rimes in Nashville to chat about her upcoming VH1 reality show with hubby Eddie Cibrian, "LeAnn & Eddie."<br /> <br /> LeAnn chatted about the show, which she promises will be fun unlike Lifetimes recent emotional series, "True Tori," which chronicled the real-life marital troubles of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.<br /> <br /> The singer also chatted about what she does to stay fit and revealed her number one beauty secret.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.extratv.com/2014/06/25/leann-rimes-on-her-new-show-with-eddie-cibrian-and-her-beauty-secrets/" target="_blank">Watch!</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.extratv.com/2014/06/25/leann-rimes-on-her-new-show-with-eddie-cibrian-and-her-beauty-secrets/" target="_blank">Source: Extra TV</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:48:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/216383Garnier From the Red Carpet of the 2014 CMT Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/07/images/assets/medium.WWd9JEGilKxtHnVTeMQQMVUEBH1aE800uQ7_W1F-PEc.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes, Country Music Singer, rocked the red carpet of the 2014 CMT Music Awards with a relaxed and sultry hairstyle created by Celebrity Hairstylist Tommy Buckett for Garnier. Inspired by Rimes dramatic, cut-out white dress, Buckett chose a wavy hairstyle that framed her face and smoky eye makeup look. We wanted to create a textured and edgy hairstyle to compliment her glamorous, sexy gown, said Buckett.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hair Breakdown:</strong><br /> Buckett prepped the hair look by using Garnier XXL Volume Thickening Mousse on Rimes damp hair and then blow dried it straight.<br /> <br /> Next, Buckett applied a flat iron protectant spray to Rimes hair. He then took a flat iron to one inch sections using the round end of a flat iron creating a shape and then flipping to the opposite side creating another shape. Buckett continued this motion down all hair strands creating an overall shape. Following this, Buckett tousled Rimes hair using his fingers.<br /> <br /> Buckett then used Garnier De-Constructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray, misting and scrunching Rimes entire hair creating tons of texture and a effect.<br /> <br /> Finally, Buckett lifted up sections of Rimes hair and applied Garnier De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray at the roots. He then back-combed her hair to create volume and then applied more product for an all-over textured look.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:46:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/215913LeAnn and Eddie Coming to VH1<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/06/14/images/assets/medium.-Dd_tysz2XFit4kHFbzoq6NMDeBHhIk0Nw7HoKkqbLs.jpg" /><br /><p>Get Ready! The premiere of our new show LeAnne And Eddie is coming on July 17th at 10:30pm. For all the latest, be sure to follow the official Twitter @LeAnneEddieVH1 and us on Facebook!<br /> <br /> Check out a preview of whats to come below.<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lH2xCoca_ng" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:09:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/215853LeAnn Rimes adds Weekend performance at the Parliament House for Gay Days<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/04/images/assets/medium.IiQt4qpffD9snkDcr52HhcA-G1bDGnLIDQ6dDymaw5k.jpg" /><br /><p>Were quietly hoping LeAnn Rimes Gay Days Weekend performance doesnt go completely well, if only because her back-up plans sound so entertaining. While Saturdays show at Orlandos Parliament House wont be Rimes first appearance at a gay nightclub, it will be the first time the 31-year-old singer performs an entire concert of her numerous dance hits.<br /> <br /> I wont have a live band around to be able to switch things up as I normally would, Rimes says. s going to be such a cool experience; theres very few for me. To do something like this is a little nerve-racking. If I screw up Ill just, like, jump in the audience and crowd-surf or something!<br /> <br /> While Rimes also liked our suggested distractionbringing hunky husband Eddie Cibrian up on stage and making him take his shirt offre sure nothing will go wrong for the country-crossover artist who was already an experienced singer by the age of nine.<br /> <br /> Since then, Rimes has been called many things. In 1997 Grammy voters called her that years best new artist, the first country singer and, at only 14, the youngest person ever to win the award. Billboard magazine called her a record-breaker when her hit How Do I Live became the longest-running single in Billboard Hot 100 history, spending 69 weeks on the chart. And Rimes has been calledwell, any number of things by her husbands ex-wife Brandi Granville.<br /> <br /> But Rimes has never been called a Dance Diva, at least until now. On Friday, June 6, when she appears at Tampas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, shell perform a traditional concert with a live band. But on the following day, Saturdayok, technically Sunday, since the show is slated to start after midnightll sing live to pre-recorded dance tracks, quite possibly with some muscled male dancers behind her. Rimes admitts that on the very rare occasion she is singing at one in the morning its not in concert, and typically comes from having had a little too much to drink with friends.<br /> <br /> Honestly, its the first time Ive ever done a show like this, so you guys are breaking me in! Rimes says during a recent phone interview, held while the singer was navigating L.A.s infamous 405. ve never really performed dance tracks live, and its something Ive been wanting to do. Its basically going to be one big fun show. And I have no idea how its going to turn out! I just plan on having a good time!<br /> <br /> Rimes singing career has, in recent years, been overshadowed by seemingly near-constant coverage in the tabloids, which, if theyre to be believed, put Rimes en route to a dentist appointment during her recent Watermark interview. But while Rimes success has come primarily from her country hits, shes also seen remixes of her songs make an impact on the dance club charts as well. An album tracing Rimes history of dance remixes hits stores in July. Shes even titled the album Dance Like You Dont Give A <br /> <br /> s a phrase I like to use, Rimes says, laughing. It goes all the way back to How Do I Live and t Fight the Moonlight. Im always being asked by, especially my gay fans, to please do a dance record, or put everything on one record. Ive had several dance hits, but its a totally different world for me, and its one that I love. One of the reasons were doing this show is that eventually I would like to dabble in that more and actually do a dance record. This is me testing the waters a little bit. The album will also include remixed material from Rimes last album Spitfire, and a new take on Help Me Make It Through the Night, from Lady & Gentlemen, her 2011 album of country classics covers.<br /> <br /> Speaking of covers, Rimes will be featured on the upcoming album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mtley Cre, also slated for release in July.<br /> <br /> I re-did Smoking in the Boys Room, and its totally my take on it. Its so bad ass! Rimes says. Mtley Cre bassist Nikki Sixx apparently agrees. Last month he Tweeted that her version of the song was fucking killer.<br /> <br /> Also debuting this summer is LeAnn & Eddie, a VH1 reality show depicting Rimes life with her husband. The couples relationship started while Rimes and Cibrian were working together on a Lifetime movieand were each married to other people. Rimes said doing the reality show allowed her to work with her husband again while staying close to home, since Cibrian shares custody of his two sons with Granville.<br /> <br /> People have written all of these crazy things about us the last five years, Rimes says. s time, in a way, to reclaim Its very lighthearted. People think we take ourselves so seriously sometimes. Eddie and I always give each other crap, so theres a lot of humor in the show, which I think is missing in some reality shows. And thats just our relationship. Were calling it a docu-com.<br /> <br /> Filming for the shows first season has wrapped, so, sadly, her Parliament House performance wont be featured on a very special episode called LeAnn & Eddie & The Gays.<br /> <br /> That would be awesome! Rimes says, laughing, when presented with the idea. And then we can put Eddie right in the middle of the crowd and see how long it takes for him to get eaten up! Hes already telling me, re not bringing me up on stage. And Im like, Yes, I am!<br /> <br /> If that episode were to be filmed it would no doubt include a discussion of Rimes long-support of the LGBT community and for marriage equality. In 2010 Rimes performed with The Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles, and shes posed twice for the NOH8 Campaign.<br /> <br /> For me, its something Ive never quite understood; Ive never understood why people couldnt love who they wanted to love, Rimes says. We live in a country that talks about how were all equal, but we dont live by that. Its always been very confusing to me. People are people. We all breathe the same, we have the same feelings, hopes, dreams and wishes. It just comes down to being a human being and being able to have the same rights.<br /> <br /> Its a somewhat unique stance for a country artist to take, so has she received any backlash from the often-conservative county music fan base?<br /> <br /> I really haven Rimes says. Maybe sometimes when Ive posted things on Twitter somebodys said something really ignorant, and its really sad for them. I have a very diverse group of fans, I think, because Ive been around so long and Ive dabbled in so many different things, as far as music. Ive never gotten backlash for that sort of thing, but Ive never been fearful of it, either.<br /> <br /> <strong>MORE INFO</strong><br /> <strong>WHEN & WHERE</strong>: 9 p.m., Friday, June 6 @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; 1 a.m. Sunday, June 7 @ Parliament House Resort<br /> <strong>TICKETS</strong>: $55 at SeminoleHardRockTampa.com and $30 at ParliamentHouse.com<br /> <br /> SOURCE: <a href="http://www.watermarkonline.com/2014/06/04/leann-rimes-adds-a-first-of-its-kind-for-her-gay-days-weekend-performance-at-the-parliament-house/" target="_blank">WatermarkOnline.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:40:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/213453LeAnn Rimes Gets Patriotic at Indy 500<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/06/images/assets/medium.2_4Fs24adaKPNYpbi8VLv8kgp__41PKOGqZUCzbIKZk.png" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes appeared at the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday to kick off the storied race with her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. She nailed it (the jet flyover didnt hurt). Check out the clip below:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jRzEYzFDBA0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 26 May 2014 09:58:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/212203Leann To Play at Sixth & I Benefit Tomorrow<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/04/images/assets/medium.0gRsx4sMczLyE3iBD085LCo6LpGXjyd0abnYhqgKfIc.png" /><br /><p>Dont miss your chance to catch Leann Rimes tomorrow, May 21st at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC.</p> <p>Leann and The Washington Creative Community have teamed up to put on this concert to benefit Bread for the City, a community program focused on providing vulnerable residents of the DC area with food, clothing, medical care and other important services.</p> <p>Tickets are available<a href="http://www.wmzq.com/calendar/may-21-2014/an-evening-with-leann-rimes-382074/" target="_blank">HERE</a>, so get yours today and join Leann in helping benefit this wonderful cause.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 20 May 2014 09:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/211513Leann Sits Down With The Las Vegas Sun<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/01/images/assets/medium.1Zu4pYjeYmNXWX-xiS8OdUv8N-FBVarVsKvTfpCloSo.jpg" /><br /><p>Youve got to hand it to award-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes because she doesnt flinch, steer away from controversy and sweep the dirt under the carpet.<br /> <br /> You have to admire her for that honesty; I certainly do. Truth be told, LeAnn faces it head on and even turns it into bona-fide music hits and big record sales.<br /> <br /> Now the producers of Duck Dynasty will put her tabloid life with actor husband Eddie Cibrian under the microscope in a new VH1 reality TV series starting July 17. Well get a preview this weekend with her Saturday and Sunday performances at Orleans Showroom.<br /> <br /> LeAnn says frankly that life at home is quite normal co-parenting Eddies two sons. But outside, its totally different because in the fishbowl, they are stalked by paparazzi, and the tabloids constantly stoke the flames of her feud with Eddies ex-wife, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.<br /> <br /> Now the happily married duo get the opportunity to tell their story and also poke fun at what its like to be a high-profile couple with more than a little misinformation out there about them."<br /> <br /> Her upcoming album, which shell preview at the Orleans, also could be the title of the new series: Dance Like You Dont Give a <br /> <br /> Since her debut album in 1996, LeAnn has sold more than 40 million albums and won two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards. Of her 42 singles that hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs, 13 went Top 10.<br /> <br /> Her newest album released last spring was her 15th, and many still remember her winning performance in Northern Lights but dont realize that she also is the author of two novels and two childrens books.<br /> <br /> Before she packed for her journey here, we got a chance to catch up for another candid conversation. I didnt need to remind her of our previous chat in December 2012 when she stayed at the Venetian.<br /> <br /> <strong>We talked about you pushing the envelope a little more. It was a period of growth and self-exploration, getting life back to normal. That was then, so what is now?</strong><br /> <br /> I remember. Now Im restructuring my whole life, which is terrifying and exciting. I was with the same record label for 20 years, but Im not there anymore. Im still creating music and exploring labels.<br /> <br /> I just did a Motley Crue tribute record, which was really fun. I recorded Smoking in the Boys Room. Its really cool. Trombone Shorty is on it; its a really fun record. I dont know if Vince (Neil) and Tommy Lee have heard it yet. Im excited for them to hear it. I know the label has heard it and loves it.<br /> <br /> <strong>When you say life is terrifying at the same time as exhilarating, what is the frightening part?</strong><br /> <br /> Terrifying because my whole life is changing. Being somewhere where you signed a record deal at age 11, the change of it all; Ive never known any other place to create music other than Curb Records.<br /> <br /> Its exciting more so than anything, but just to find new grounding and people who I trust and want to work with being with Curb was a roller coaster. Such is the nature of the business, but I really hope to find a home that gets me now at 31 and doesnt see me through the same eyes as when I first got signed.<br /> <br /> <strong>Is it a little like the birds leaving the nest, flying free?</strong><br /> <br /> Pretty much. It does feel a little awkward. The day that it was over, I was doing a show in December and was flooded with all these emotions, I had no idea this was even going to happen. I just thought it would be a new day, and Im like, Oh, Im out of my record deal and I can go search out new things for myself.<br /> <br /> It was quite overwhelming. I ended up in the back of my bus crying. Then I got over it and started meeting labels. Its a good time, and Im taking it slow; Im not trying to rush into anything. Im still writing for the next record right now so I can have everything in place.<br /> <br /> <strong>Country stars seem to thrive on emotional roller coasters that provide the basis of most of the songs material, yes? No?</strong><br /> <br /> Yeah, I mean for me, absolutely. Just the truth about life is to me what music is no matter what genre. Country music has always been known for you live what you sing, and you sing what you live. Thats the way I approach my music.<br /> <br /> <strong>Its a baring of the soul, so I have to ask, is that a catharsis?</strong><br /> <br /> Completely. Once again its one of those things youre ripping yourself apart learning about new layers of yourself. Writing about things that are very uncomfortable to write about sometimes, but thats also exhilarating and terrifying to do, to put yourself so open out there that way.<br /> <br /> It was the first time I approached music like that or had the balls to do it, actually. It was a whole new different experience to be able to see other people relate to that on such a human level.<br /> <br /> People relate to each of those songs on that record in their life in a different way. For me, its different now than making music when I was a kid. I was singing a lot of other peoples songs and never had lived what I was writing about. Now it takes on a whole new meaning for me.<br /> <br /> <strong>So if the emotional purification helps you personally, do you get mail from fans who thank you for helping them by baring your all?</strong><br /> <br /> Oh, yes! I get face-to-face encounters with so many people who will have a story related to a song. Its amazing when youve written that, and someone else knows that exact situation. Its an overwhelming emotion that they relate to another situation in their life thats unrelated to the song.<br /> <br /> A song like on my last record that was about an affair, and some people related to it as someone theyd just lost in their life as far as death. The lyrics are I dont want to give you back. Its really amazing when you start connecting with people like that on such a deep level. They really feel the need to walk up and share their stories, and I find it really fascinating.<br /> <br /> <strong>So were going to hear some of that in the new show?</strong><br /> <br /> Absolutely.<br /> <br /> <strong>Has the show changed since you were last in Las Vegas?</strong><br /> <br /> I think that its really intimate now. Its really one of those things where we play a lot of new music from but we do a lot of the older songs. I used to go by the set list, but I dont anymore really. I have one, but I love to talk to the crowd, I love to hear what they scream out, and if we know it, well play it.<br /> <br /> If its not something so obscure that we havent done it before, then we just go with the flow. Ill just turn to the band and ask them if we can roll with it. If they give the nod, we do it. Thats flying by the seat of your pants, isnt it? Nothing really planned. Its really fun. Ive never had as much fun onstage, so I enjoy it more than ever.<br /> <br /> <strong>So its an unstructured show thats based on the mood of the moment?</strong><br /> <br /> It definitely has a little structure, but as we get down around mid-show, I go with what the crowd is feeling a little bit. Thats what a live show is about, living in the moment of music and spontaneity.<br /> <br /> <strong>Is the spontaneity a little bit like walking the high wire in the circus?</strong><br /> <br /> No. I guess that Im so used to performing that this way actually makes it fun for me. Night after night when I was a kid, to have to stick to a specific set list just gets to a point where you can feel like a robot. Now, to be able to do something like this, thank God for my band! Sometimes I look around and ask do you know this song? It keeps them on their toes, and it keeps me on mine. Theres a definite energy thats different than me just checking in every night or checking out.<br /> <br /> <strong>Of course under their breath theyre saying, Thank you very much, LeAnn!</strong><br /> <br /> They give me a lot of crap!<br /> <br /> <strong>And how is your personal life?</strong><br /> <br /> Personal life is good. Ive been home enjoying it a little more, which has been very nice. I love to cook and I love to be able to be home. Two weeks at a time is the right amount, a great amount of time, and Ive had a lot of those from the beginning of this year. Its been nice to be at home.<br /> <br /> <strong>So the turmoil has quieted down somewhat?</strong> (Although this week, there was some argumentative Twitter frenzy over her and Brandis messages about celebrating Mothers Day also as Stepmothers Day.)<br /> <br /> Well, I guess for the most part. Living in a blended family, theres always going to be some turmoil, but the kids are fantastic. Eddie and I have a very quiet, normal life. Unless someone needs to use it to spin the press for some reason to try and mess with us.<br /> <br /> <strong>I remember the last time we talked, you were having to put up with a lot of wild accusations being flung at you.</strong><br /> <br /> They still come and its funny because Eddie and I have really learned to laugh at it because the stories that people come up with are just ludicrous. Apparently the other day I underwent surgery for ab implants. I didnt even know you could get ab implants. My publicist and I had to look it up to see if you can even actually do it.<br /> <br /> I dont know how they come up with this stuff. Apparently, I saw a psychic recently to get pregnant. Its such craziness that you have to just sit back and separate yourself from it and just laugh at it when you hear it because if people believe that, then let them have fun believing it.<br /> <br /> But ab implants! To get a six-pack or something. Is that not crazy? One minute were divorcing, the next minute were having a baby. Its quite the roller-coaster ride. I commend these people sometimes for their imagination!<br /> <br /> We have our regular, normal life, and we know what it is and were fine with it. I guess thats why some people want to believe that it really is a soap opera. Truth is at home its all pretty tame. Its nice to have grounding, especially in L.A., to have the grounding of family and the security of that.<br /> <br /> <strong>Just dont have too much stability because youll run out of song material!</strong><br /> <br /> Oh, no, trust me, thats not how my life works! I will not run out of song material, I promise.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2014/may/08/singer-leann-rimes-im-restructuring-my-whole-life-/" target="_blank">LasVegasSun.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 15 May 2014 10:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/210893Leann Interviewed by iHeartRadio's 24/7 Comedy<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/04/08/images/assets/medium.zcZaYa9xs1XucJ5SMuvm05uCuN0Vm-vgigrmFm9bAjo.jpg" /><br /><p>In a recent interview with 24/7 Comedy, Leann speaks with Phil Iazetta about her experiences with childhood stardom, being a stepmom, and her latest project. Listen to the full interview at <a href="http://www.247comedy.com/pages/bitoftheday.html" target="_blank">247Comedy.com</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 14 May 2014 14:54:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/210873LEANN TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT 98th INDY 500<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/12/images/assets/medium.A3TQo63Tfoig7sqLLcPp9ZNnfs80xAK8vcU4h8JgCl4.jpg" /><br /><p>INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 8, 2014 Multiple Grammy Award-winning country music superstar LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.<br /> <br /> One of the worlds most successful country music entertainers with a career spanning more than 20 years, Rimes was the youngest person to ever win a Grammy Award and was the first country artist to win the Grammy for Best New Artist.<br /> <br /> "To sing the national anthem at one of the most prestigious racing events is truly an honor, said Rimes. The adrenaline at the Speedway is felt around the world and I know I am one of millions who is so excited to hear those six legendary words ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...<br /> <br /> Since making her breakthrough into country music in 1996, Rimes has released 10 studio albums, three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums. Rimes has placed 40 singles on American and international charts with 13 Top-10 hits, and has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.<br /> <br /> Rimes had her first national hit at age 13 with the 1996 release of which remained at the No. 1 spot on Billboards country albums chart for more than three months. Rimes has amassed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, 13 of which have made the Top 10. Her version of How Do I Live is the second-longest charting song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her smash hit t Fight the Moonlight topped the charts in 11 countries.<br /> <br /> The pre-race pageantry of the Indianapolis 500 is one of the most exciting traditions in sports and a highlight of those activities is the singing of our national anthem, said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. We are looking forward to LeAnn Rimes performance and hearing her amazing voice as we pay tribute to our great nation and the men and women who have served to defend our freedoms.<br /> <br /> Rimes had a hand in penning every song on her 2007 release which received two Grammy nominations. Her album, her most personal to date, was released on June 4, 2013 and was immediately a critics favorite. It debuted at No. 9 on Billboards Top Country Album chart and number four on iTunes.<br /> <br /> In June 2014 Rimes will release an album of dance remixes entitled, Dance Like You Dont Give A . She is also the star of the upcoming VH1 show, LeAnn & Eddie, set to premiere in July of 2014.<br /> <br /> For ticket information, head over to <a href="http://www.ims.com/tickets" target="_blank">www.ims.com/tickets</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 08 May 2014 09:55:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/210253Help LeAnn Make Sirius XM's 20 On 20<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/08/images/assets/medium.owMKOI6uCnKld08Cf71owjd3tHV8Z4ZyxoWP7y4f2nI.png" /><br /><p>LeAnns latest single Gasoline and Matches featuring Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck has been enjoying substantial attention from radio stations around the country. Now its in the running for Sirius XMs Top 20 on 20, and you can help her make the list. Head over to <a href="http://www.siriusxm.com/servlet/Satellite?c=SXM_PageDetail_C&childpagename=SXM/SXM_PageDetail_C/OpenContent&cid=1283889817033&pagename=SXM/Wrapper" target="_blank">SiriusXM.com</a> now to vote for Gasoline and Matches to make the 20 on 20 countdown.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:19:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/199793Listen to The Pulse!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/06/images/assets/medium.pwxhPhgWjvxZiNZrYqHHvRAyVuBF3mdBpQzVhudzMlY.png" /><br /><p><a href="http://www.siriusxm.com/thepulse">The Pulse</a> on Sirius Satellite Radio started playing Gasoline and Matches! Tune in on your Sirius Radio today and catch it.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:35:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/195873'Gasoline and Matches' Video Explodes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/13/images/assets/medium.RbLWEhiMZuabQXpcpBWZep67cN4lPTqPSYzUBm2gUms.png" /><br /><p>Shot on iPhone, LeAnn Rimes video for Gasoline and Matches makes canny use of stop-motion animation work.<br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes collaborated with guitar icon Jeff Beck, Matchbox Twenty frontman and solo artist Rob Thomas and current Nashville music supervisor Buddy Miller on the new single Gasoline and Matches. For the video, Rimes was referred by producer Darrell Brown to animator Ian Padgham, who had made dozens of six-second clips using the Vine application.<br /> <br /> The result? A super-hot clip that Padgham shot on a couple of iPhones, using the Vine app to procure the footage.<br /> <br /> "Darrell turned me onto Ians Vine account, and Id never seen anything like it," Rimes told the Hollywood Reporter. "I was shocked that nobody had done a (music) video like that before, and I jumped at the chance to do it. My part in it took 20 or 30 minutes at the most." Padgham flew to Dublin, where Rimes had stopped on tour, "and put two iPhones up and filmed me doing two passes of the song, along with a few odd things like Reach for a star or Pretend youre falling."<br /> <br /> Padgham then did a similar minishoot with Thomas, her duet partner, in New York, and went home to San Francisco to do the stop-motion work. "I love how (Padgham) entwined us with the (animated) characters," Rimes said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/theater/2013/12/09/leann-rimes-video-shot-on-iphone/3918363/">SOURCE: USA Today</a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eVHjvNHRITw" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:29:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/194293Rimes Looks for Reason<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/04/02/images/assets/medium.VJ_MEmB-hYgEOlOQFanB5N4zEffPi1SYPmVoQ5rBvEg.jpg" /><br /><p><a href="http://www.dailypilot.com/entertainment/tn-dpt-et-1213-leann-rimes-pacific-symphony-segers-20131209,0,5972375.story">From The Daily Pilot</a>:</p> <p>The country-pop star, who will make her Segerstrom Center debut this month, delved into personal issues for her latest album.<br /> <br /> In LeAnn Rimes opinion, she didnt have much of a childhood. It wasnt carefree or peppered with play dates.<br /> <br /> Growing up, she was surrounded by tunes that her parents played at home, which triggered an early interest and understanding of the power of music. Rimes recounted that she always wanted people to clap for her if they didnt, shed stop midway through her performance and walk away.<br /> <br /> But, as an 8-year-old champion on Ed McMahons "Star Search," she found herself under the spotlight very young. While this did away with any fear of entertaining large crowds and gave her an outlet for self-expression, it came with a price.<br /> <br /> "I felt like an alien child because I dont think people saw me as anything other than a voice," Rimes said. "They held me to such high standards and placed me on this pedestal for so long that you almost become your voice. Its weird to have to sift through all of that as you grow up and figure out who you are."<br /> <br /> And thats exactly what the country and pop singer has done with her latest album, "Spitfire." She plans to sing some numbers from the April release in Costa Mesa between Dec. 19 and 21.<br /> <br /> The Los Angeles artist will debut at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with her first performance with the Pacific Symphony. "Christmas with LeAnn Rimes" will also feature principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, who will lead an orchestra armed with about 120 instruments.<br /> <br /> Divided into two parts, the show will include traditional holiday songs with special guest Jay Johnson, who, as narrator, will tell the story of the night before Christmas. Rimes and her band will take the stage in the second half and play new and old hits to the accompaniment of the symphony.<br /> <br /> "I believe the audience will be able to feel the true meaning of Christmas and its fun and excitement," Kaufman said.<br /> <br /> <strong>A humanity ve never had</strong><br /> <br /> By her own admission, Rimes enjoys playing such intimate concerts, which are more relaxed than arena shows. She is also a fan of the way her songs sound after tweaking arrangements for a full orchestra.<br /> <br /> This stop in Orange County is part of a larger tour in December that will include Dallas and Salt Lake City. Although she used to be strict about following a predetermined set list, the two-time Grammy-winner plans to play around a bit based on the night and audience. She will go in with a rough idea, but is open to switching things around if someone calls out a request.<br /> <br /> "Its definitely a fan experience to be able to come and hear songs that you want to hear," Rimes said. "But I think its an even cooler experience for them to get to know me through songs that mean something to me."<br /> <br /> This is a special and relaxed time of year in the Rimes household, although she and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, are only children, she said. Her family now includes two stepsons, Mason and Jake from Cibrians earlier marriage to "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville who are extremely enthusiastic about celebrating Christmas.<br /> <br /> The 13 tracks on "Spitfire" began as conversations with Rimes family, friends and Brown in her living room. Rimes delved deep as she wrote, holding the proverbial magnifying glass up to her struggles and responses. As authentic and honest lyrics poured out, she stumbled across feelings that shed tucked away without even realizing it, and the self-exploration continued.<br /> <br /> "Theres a humanity, I think, to this album which Ive never had before," remarked Rimes, who, for a long time, hid her awards in a closet for fear of appearing "boastful."<br /> <br /> <strong>Experimenting in the studio</strong><br /> <br /> So what changed? Life, came her immediate reply.<br /> <br /> Looking at the glass half full, Rimes said being in the public eye has afforded her the opportunity to pursue her passion and provide a life for herself and her loved ones. Its a blessing to have a career that so far spans 20 years, born from her love for performing.<br /> <br /> When the glass is closer to empty, though, she noted that challenges are hard enough without throwing public judgment into the mix. Its easy to say, "Ill never do that" or "Thats not who I am," she said in fact, even she uttered those words to herself but thats not always how life pans out.<br /> <br /> "The story that everyones written is so far beyond anything I could have ever done and felt when I was going through things," said Rimes, who credited her Southern roots for the desire to be barefoot and sprawled on the floor throughout the writing process.<br /> <br /> "Thats why there wasnt any fear in sharing it [on ] because it was mild compared to what people wanted to say I did."<br /> <br /> Creating the album also made for some fun. For instance, an hour and a half into working on "What Have I Done?", Rimes was fed up. She and her team were nowhere close to finalizing the track.<br /> <br /> So, she lay down on her back on the studio floor and kept singing without a definitive start or end point.<br /> <br /> Unbeknownst to Rimes, her producer and co-writer Darrell Brown continued to record. And, suddenly, despite her lack of attention, it clicked.<br /> <br /> "Id had it," she recalled. "It was one of those freaky moments ... No one knew it was a perfect take until it was done."<br /> <br /> <strong>Twenty years of stardom</strong><br /> <br /> Having hoped that her fans would approach her new material with an open mind, she found that her dialogue has drawn listeners in. "Borrowed," whose chorus says, "Youre the best Ill ever have / And I dont want to give you back," deals with how Rimes and Cibrian got together, but people have approached her saying theyd related it to the death of someone they love.<br /> <br /> Its the ultimate compliment, she said, to see listeners finding themselves within her songs. In retrospect, shes glad people got to see her as a woman, adult and wife, instead of only as a star.<br /> <br /> Rimes, who is known for songs like "Blue," "How Do I Live" and "Cant Fight the Moonlight," is on the verge of completing a 20-year contract with Curb Records. The music industry is not the same as it was when she started out, so she is researching and shopping around before embarking on the next chapter of her career.<br /> <br /> Vocal about her desire to one day be a parent, Rimes said she would nurture her childrens talent, but would advise them to enjoy life with only age-appropriate responsibilities while thats possible.<br /> <br /> "Itd be nice to provide a life for my child where they get to enjoy their first 18 years as kids," she said. "You have the rest of your life ahead of you to focus on big, adult things."<br /> <br /> <strong>If You Go</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>What:</strong> "Christmas with LeAnn Rimes"<br /> <br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa<br /> <br /> <strong>When:</strong> 8 p.m. Dec. 19 through 21<br /> <br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> $35 to $185<br /> <br /> Information: <a href="http://www.pacificsymphony.org">http://www.pacificsymphony.org</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:03:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/193783LeAnn Rimes' Favorite Gifts to Give<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/06/images/assets/medium.2T3JiIIA9kw1dSrsVxzjd4R9yiotpChZ48Dfc8ZyV_Q.jpg" /><br /><p><a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/483820/leann-rimes-favorite-gifts-to-give">From eonline.com</a>:</p> <p>We always knew LeAnn Rimes was an incredible country singer, but now we can also add "awesome gift giver" to the list of her talents.<br /> <br /> We asked LeAnn to dish on what presents she plans on giving to those close to her this holiday season, and she came up with a ton of the coolest and choicest gifts out there right now. We basically want to get two of everything on her list (one to keep for ourselves, of course!)<br /> <br /> LeAnn has got ideas that are perfect for your mom (like a luxe Laura Mercier bath set) and fun picks from Jonathan Adler that your quirky BFF will adore. Plus, she included cool and edgy designer goods that will please all the trendsetters on your list.<br /> <br /> Theres something for just about everyone here. So play some festive holiday music (may we suggest LeAnns classic Christmas album What a Wonderful World?), and shop from the singers <a href="http://www.eonline.com/photos/10513/leann-rimes-2013-holiday-gift-guide/333344">fab gift guide.</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:01:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/193753VIDEO PREMIER: Gasoline & Matches<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/04/12/images/assets/medium.2imTwGnpEYkunZmI20D4cYUCZ1YkKQNhdTJLE7IwBCY.png" /><br /><p>Ladies & Gentlemen - its time! We are excited and proud to present you the brand new music video from LeAnn Rimes with Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck for their song "Gasoline & Matches".</p> <p>All of the footage and stop motion was filmed exclusively on the iPhone. Directed and Filmed by Ian Padgham. Produced by Darrell Brown, Ian Padgham and LeAnn Rimes.</p> <p>What are you waiting for? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVHjvNHRITw&feature=youtu.be">WATCH IT NOW</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:00:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/193383Gasoline & Matches - Sneak Peek!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/09/04/images/assets/medium.9yoGyLPQDJM28elTLuMUHrWbbodwRFz0OVr9oFnd0_s.png" /><br /><p>Are you ready for the debut of the Gasoline & Matches video tomorrow? We cant wait to show you! Check out a sneak peek from <a href="https://vine.co/v/hxF2p3TnBtT">Ian Padghams Vine</a> below:</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/hxF2p3TnBtT/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:53:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/193353Hollywood Christmas Parade Dec 1st<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/04/10/images/assets/medium.5Y6HY-5zU73q1G-zE0-NiZnUSvWloGPwBjIrqtisi4M.png" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes will be performing at the Hollywood Christmas Parade this year on December 1st!</p> <p>Dont miss your chance to join in on the fun. Grandstand tickets can be <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/HCP">purchased here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:39:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/189403LeAnn Rimes in Miami Living<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/04/images/assets/medium.QYQzT2wVAaIsFLYrfXfd06jUcbINL7hpYMJt7Xq5MkU.png" /><br /><p>There is a great write up about LeAnn in the latest issue of Miami Living. The article starts on page 63, <a href="http://digital.miamilivingmagazine.com/i/182118">give it a read</a>!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:26:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/181533Opry Goes Pink<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/04/images/assets/medium.DNoueMvdwhxtKAVBGxEdA7hqmEHSUpml2SsP3zNGngQ.jpg" /><br /><p>The Grand Ole Opry will once again join <em><strong>Women Rock For The Cure</strong></em> in the fight against breast cancer on Oct 22nd with the Oprys fifth annual Opry Goes Pink show.</p> <p>LeAnn Rimes will be the featured artist of the music filled night, and is set to flip the same big pink switch that has been flipped in the past by Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, The Judds and more.</p> <p>Other artists set to perform on Oct 22nd are: Josh Thompson, Natalie Grant, Mandisa and more to be announced.</p> <p><a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/229793">Get your tickets today!</a></p> <p><strong>About Women Rock For The Cure</strong><br /> Women Rock For The Cure is a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) organization committed to connecting and supporting young women facing breast cancer. Founded in 2007, the organization works to build awareness and provide outreach programs through the power of the entertainment industry. Flagship annual events include the Pink Trash Ball and Opry Goes Pink concert, which has featured performances by The Judds, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood. All proceeds benefit the organizations outreach efforts, including the Young Survivors Retreat, which brings together young women diagnosed with breast cancer. For additional information on Women Rock For The Cure upcoming events and how to get involved, please visit <a href="http://www.WomenRockForTheCure.org">www.WomenRockForTheCure.org</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:34:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/181123LeAnn Rimes, Hammersmith Apollo<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/05/images/assets/medium.LLVwYEM6lWu1cS_JxZCAarReDcmGuS4CMPMZFFJGymw.jpg" /><br /><p>Rating 5/5.</p> <p>Child prodigy LeAnn Rimes has become somewhat of a divisive figure in recent years. Having stormed to international success on the back of the unforgettable ballad How Do I Live in 1997 (which astonishingly only achieved a number 7 chart position despite platinum status), Rimes personal life has garnered more attention in recent years than her musical capabilities.</p> <p>However, having set the record straight with the truly personal, extremely captivating and beautifully raw studio album earlier this year (lead single brought the C2C audience at Londons O2 Arena to tears just ahead of the albums release), Rimes recording career is well and truly back on track.</p> <p>Finally rewarding her loyal British fanbase with her first full UK tour in a decade, the air is full of excited anticipation at the Hammersmith Apollo.</p> <p>Before Rimes takes centre stage, Nashville based singer/songwriter Logan Mize proves an engaging opening act. Despite starting fifteen minutes after the scheduled slot (much to the annoyance of one extremely vocal audience member), his one man show is kicked off somewhat ironically by the stomping Rock N Roll Band</p> <p>Apologetic of his solo status, Mize immediately establishes himself as a warm presence and skilled musician. With in depth introductions to his storytelling songs, Mize easily has to audience eating out of the palm of his hands and leaves them wanting more as he makes his way off stage after a brief set.</p> <p>LeAnn Rimes new album SpitfireWith their musical taste buds teased, the excited audience are not forced to wait long for Rimes to take to the stage. Breezing on stage, Rimes launches straight in to (the title track of her 2007 album), blowing the audience away immediately with her rich, crisp vocal and irresistible presence.</p> <p>The audience won over, Rimes seems taken aback by the loving response as she meanders through a set that showcases not just her new album but also rewards loyal fans with a choice selection of her classic hits.</p> <p>While there is no denying that her only UK number 1 single to date t Fight The Moonlight, latest single Gasoline & Matches and new anthem are rewarded most highly with audience participation, it is when Rimes channels her emotion that the goosebumps are induced.</p> <p>The truly touching once again hits the audience at their very core, while an impromptu rendition of (as demanded by the very vocal audience) and a Leonard Cohen cover of also make hearts flutter.</p> <p>Check outJeremy Williamss <a href="http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/LeAnn-Rimes-Hammersmith-Apollo">original article</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:30:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/179003Hitting All The Right Notes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/09/09/images/assets/medium.JdcM3m1csBNcLmv9SkoWK7KVePypeA8B_6-cWoOR_tI.jpg" /><br /><p>Last night LeAnn Rimes took to the stage at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and showed off a superb vocal even whilst battling laryngitis. The singer had to cancel her Dublin gig a few days before which led to a lot of apprehensive fans in the run up to this concert but all were happy to see LeAnn take the stage shortly after 9pm.</p> <p>American singer-songwriter Logan Mize was the opening act for the night and seemed to impress the Birmingham crowd however I missed his set as I was able to attend LeAnns meet and greet. We were treated to a brilliant acoustic version of To Make You Feel My Love and then LeAnn posed for pictures with everyone in attendance and signed a poster.</p> <p>She took the main stage a few minutes later to strong applause. Although she had said she was dosed up with medication LeAnn delivered effortless, heartfelt vocals throughout the whole show supported by her excellent band (Rusty on Steel Guitar, Greg on Guitar, Joeie on Bass and Chris on Drums). She was clearly comfortable on the stage and switched between songs smoothly. Her set list mixed older songs such as hits Cant Fight The Moonlight and How Do I Live with newer favourites from her new album Spitfire.</p> <p>I was thrilled to hear her sing my two favourites from her new album, What Have I Done and Gasoline & Matches. LeAnns soaring vocals throughout What Have I Done left the venue in silence and you could tell the song meant a lot to LeAnn.Gasoline & Matches is a very different track and has a lot more of a rockier feel. On the album LeAnn sings the track with Rob Thomas from band Matchbox Twenty and for the gig tonight she sang with her lead guitarist Greg - who has an impressive voice himself! The track really rocked and you could tell they were both having great fun. LeAnn also told the audience that Gasoline & Matches will be the next single.</p> <p>The last track of the set was a beautiful performance of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblins I Cant Make You Love Me (originally performed by Bonnie Raitt). LeAnn had said before starting the track that she doesnt often sing it but I for one am glad she did as she sang a really lovely rendition of the song. After then leaving the stage, LeAnn was pulled back for an encore performance of the Leonard Cohen track Hallelujah. After jokingly saying her shoes were too uncomfortable now she took them off and sat down on the floor of the stage with just her guitarist. Whilst Birmingham Symphony Hall is quite a large venue that song specifically felt like such an intimate performance and one that LeAnn poured emotion into. It is definitely also worth mentioning Borrowed. As LeAnn suggested, lyrically the to What Have I Done and again another gorgeous performance.</p> <p>Set list:</p> <p>Family</p> <p>Swingin</p> <p>Probably</p> <p>Last Thing On My Mind</p> <p>Life Goes On</p> <p>Borrowed</p> <p>Blue</p> <p>What Have I Done</p> <p>I Do Now</p> <p>Gasoline & Matches</p> <p>Cant Fight The Moonlight</p> <p>How Do I Live</p> <p>I Cant Make You Love Me</p> <p>Encore = Hallelujah</p> <p>I feel I could go on and on about the strength of LeAnns performance last night. The whole night was testament to LeAnns impressive career (it has been almost 20 years since her debut album was released) and shows that you dont need gimmicks and dancers when you have such a strong voice and impressive stage presence. I find it rare to hear the audience only singing along to some of the songs however LeAnn is able to exude emotion so successfully that the audience were simply caught up in the performance.</p> <p>Spitfire is an impressive new album and LeAnn backs this up with an incredible live performance. She is over in the UK for a short tour and has shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London left and I am sure these audiences are in for a treat. If you dont already have the album I would recommend a purchase (you can find my review here) and if you are able to attend any of her concerts I would strongly suggest it! I really hope to see her back in the UK soon.</p> <p>SOURCE: <a href="http://www.hittingalltherightnotes.com/2013/09/leann-rimes-birmingham.html?showComment=1379264579338" target="_blank">hitting all the right notes</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:46:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/178263LeAnn Rimes at Waterfront Belfast: Substance Rather Than Style From a Seasoned Performer<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/06/13/images/assets/medium.FbXCVQYsRU8Pll8Wu18g3qYip7YQtTh6Xi5tLEN_bt4.jpg" /><br /><p>As you might expect for an artist whos been performing since the age of 13, has released 14 albums and has sold 37 million records, LeAnn Rimes was professionalism incarnate at the Waterfront last night.<br /> <br /> Despite seemingly suffering from a cold, the Texan country favourite charmed the pants off a capacity crowd as she kicked off her latest European tour.<br /> <br /> Returning to Belfast for the first time in a decade, the beaming star declared how happy she was to be back in the city.<br /> <br /> "Its been way too long," Rimes cooed in her mannered southern tones, in between discrete coughs and splutters.<br /> <br /> "I love my Irish fans."<br /> <br /> Opening with the upbeat Swingin and Nothin Better to Do, it wasnt long before the 31-year-old unleashed her powerful pipes on a string of ballads.<br /> <br /> I Need You featured a vocal performance so intense she needed to sit on a stool to deliver it, while Probably Wouldnt Be This Way was a darker and moodier effort.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere, the singalong strains of Life Goes On mined the poppier vein that has seen Rimes attract some flak from the more purist elements of her following.<br /> <br /> As for the visual aspect of the evening, despite sporting very tight trousers and very high heels, the crooners stage show is unlikely to give Lady Gaga any sleepless nights.<br /> <br /> But thats not really what shes about. Armed with a clutch of self-penned material and that magnificent voice, Rimes offers substance over style.<br /> <br /> The flashiest it got was a bit of chit-chat between numbers and a few searing lead guitar solos.<br /> <br /> Indeed, her four-piece backing band were uniformly excellent, from the subtle lap steel player to the rock-solid rhythm section.<br /> <br /> Still, there was some attitude amongst the niceties, particularly when it came to material from Rimess current release, Spitfire.<br /> <br /> A new song imploring an unknown party to "kiss my ass" and another written when the singer was "pi**ed off" revealed a grittier side to the former child star.<br /> <br /> Yet it was the tracks Rimes recorded for the blockbuster chick-flick Coyote Ugly including the UK number-one Cant Fight the Moonlight that many fans had come to hear, and the endlessly obliging American didnt let them down.<br /> <br /> Her other big UK hit, How Do I Live, was also included in what proved to be a very entertaining two-hour set.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/reviews/leann-rimes-at-waterfront-belfast-substance-rather-than-style-from-a-seasoned-performer-29569219.html">Source: ANDREW JOHNSTON for the Belfast Telegraph</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:54:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/176523LeAnn Rimes Performs 'Amazing Grace' to National Mall Crowd in D.C.<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/14/images/assets/medium.vprymDs1jx5njPZ7JerpIx4_w32d-YM5EZRPJ5LaF9I.png" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes sang a fantastic rendition of "Amazing Grace" live at the National Mall in Washington D.C. honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.</p> <p>If you missed the performance you can check it out <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/march-washington-50th-anniversary-leann-rimes-sings-amazing-20097174">right here</a> via ABC News.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:03:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/173653Billboard Club Play - Spitfire (#1 Breakout)<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/06/05/images/assets/medium.JEZ6pWAPHvhrL8fXfk_2kthNuMQHHoHjB1e4T4Ckm5w.jpg" /><br /><p>Spitfire topped the Breakouts for Hot Dance Club Play on the Billboard Charts! Check out the top five below:</p> <p><strong>Breakouts for Hot Dance Club Play</strong><br /> <br /> 1. Spitfire - LeAnn Rimes - Curb<br /> 2. Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams - Daft Life / Columbia<br /> 3. Not This Time - Namy & Kathy Brown - King Street<br /> 4. Electricity & Drums (Bad Boy) - Dave Aude Featuring Akon & Luciana - Audacious<br /> 5. Love Is Love - VenSun - Sea To Sun</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:46:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/17270350th Anniversary “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/01/05/images/assets/medium.tK_2RUchDOXVewoOAIF4UVdhLgZ7NYiaTrOEp6F-AoQ.jpg" /><br /><p><strong>Soledad OBrien and Hill Harper to Emcee50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action.</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Oprah Winfrey, Congressman John Lewis, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx, Ambassador Andrew Young, Kid President and Lynda Johnson Robb to Speak.<br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Grant, BeBe Winans, Carvin Winans and Marvin Winans, Identity4Pop, Peter and Paul, Minister Wintley Phipps to Perform.</em><br /> <br /> WASHINGTON The 50th Anniversary March on Washington Coalition announced today that Soledad OBrien and Hill Harper will emcee the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2013. Gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans, along with brothers Marvin and Carvin; singer, musician and Minister Wintley Phipps; country and pop music singer LeAnn Rimes; contemporary Christian signer Natalie Grant; girl group Identity4Pop; and folk singers Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, who performed at the March in 1963, are all scheduled to perform at the event to commemorate the historic speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963.<br /> <br /> Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the March on Washington in 1963, will be speaking at the event, along with broadcast journalist and actress Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx, actor Forest Whitaker, comedian and motivational speaker Kid President (Robby Novak) and Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.<br /> <br /> My father wanted his I Have a Dream speech to inspire us to celebrate our common humanity, said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. Together with people across America and the world, we will pause to affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations, celebrating the anniversary of my fathers speech with moments of reverence, moments of introspection and moments of joy.<br /> <br /> Additionally, President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will deliver remarks and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s call to Let freedom ring by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT, a half-century to the very minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. Groups across the country will also pause to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kings speech by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT.<br /> <br /> Coalition members include the A. Philip Randolph Institute, The King Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network (NAN), National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Urban League (NUL), Southern Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Park Service.<br /> <br /> The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place from 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. ET at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28. For more information on the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Freedom, Jobs, Peace and Social Justice, please visit www.mlkdream50.com.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:42:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/172693VIP Upgrades Available for UK & Ireland<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/02/images/assets/medium.KXn_MHhvngD8MNOR8z9qKdtVCbEBVcKOevFnuBDkw08.png" /><br /><p>United Kingdom & Ireland!</p> <p>You already know that LeAnn Rimes is heading your way for a string of dates this September, and we have some great news to add. Special VIP Upgrades will be available for every show on the UK tour!</p> <p>Check out the details:</p> <p><strong>LeAnn Rimes VIP Upgrade</strong><br /> - One Meet & Greet with LeAnn Rimes<br /> - One Photo Opportunity with LeAnn Rimes<br /> - An Exclusive Intimate Acoustic Performance by LeAnn Rimes<br /> - One Exclusive VIP Poster<br /> - One Commemorative VIP Laminate & Lanyard<br /> <em>*please note - the VIP upgrade does not include a concert ticket.</em></p> <p>For more information about each individual concert date & to get your tickets and VIP upgrades today - click one of the links below:</p> <p><a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/218903">Sept 10th - Belfast, UK @ Waterfront Auditorium</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/218913">Sept 12th - Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/193783">Sept 14th - Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/193793">Sept 15th - Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/193803">Sept 16th - Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall</a><br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/193813">Sept 18th - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:02:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/169323LeAnn Rimes debuts at Belly Up in Aspen<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/05/images/assets/medium.KSLf97GaR1r6akR54VBtoRBWr5NLTPheXi1GjgPd6ms.jpg" /><br /><p>At 13 years of age, LeAnn Rimes became one of the youngest country-music stars ever. Like Tanya Tucker before her, Rimes demonstrated a vocal maturity beyond her years, releasing the 1996 breakout hit a heartache-induced ballad that drew comparisons to Patsy Cline.</p> <p>Her debut album, also titled hit No. 1 on the country chart and sold more than 8 million copies. A year later, made Rimes the youngest Grammy winner ever, as she took home prizes for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.</p> <p>It probably wasnt until came out that it hit me that I have this talent thats kind of rare, she told Interview.</p> <p>That rare talent has built a remarkable 20-year career: 37 million albums sold and the longest-running single ever on Billboards Hot 100 chart, How Do I Live. Rimes has covered songs by The Beatles, Whitney Houston and Prince, recorded with Elton John, starred in movies and TV series, and even written various books: several childrens books and the novel Holiday in Your Heart.</p> <p>Shes also experienced lesser moments. After her parents divorce, she sued her father and former co-manager for taking more than $7 million from her. She sued her record label, asking to be released from her contract and asking the company to return the rights to her music. She checked into an inpatient treatment center to help cope with anxiety and stress. And theres the public controversy around her extramarital affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. (It was announced recently that Rimes and Cibrian, now married, will star in a scripted reality show to air early next year).</p> <p>Rimes has persevered musically. Her latest album, this years is an account of hard-knock lessons she has learned over the course of her roller-coaster life a life that equates to one great, big country song.</p> <p>Rimes answered questions in advance of her show tonight at Belly Up.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> Youve performed in Colorado over the years. What keeps you coming back?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Oh, its so beautiful! My husband and I usually go at least once a year to Aspen for vacation. And its usually in the winter.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> At what point did you start feeling comfortable with your voice?</p> <p><strong>A: </strong>Recently? (Laughs.) To be honest, its been 20 years in the making. And it really wasnt until that I began to feel like I had settled into something that felt like me, that was uniquely mine. The album bridges so many different genres of music. Even though its more country than anything Ive done in a long time, theres a lot of soul and a lot of different things in my voice from people who have influenced me over the years.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> Youve been compared to Patsy Cline and have covered her songs. What do you admire about her?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Obviously, she has an incredible voice, but outside of that, Patsy Cline was one of those special singers who could make you feel everything that she was singing. Many people can hit notes, but if they cant make you feel what theyre singing, its somewhat pointless. Patsy was the first that I learned that from. Then I got into music like Janis Joplin. Janis didnt have the best voice of all time, but she had the same ability an incredible way of drawing you in.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> Whats helped you stay connected to music all of these years without getting burned out, bored or falling into the traps of early stardom?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Nothing has given my life purpose like music. It definitely has its ups and downs. But the feeling of being able to effortlessly walk onto the stage, forget everything and simply get lost I never wanted anything to overshadow that even though Ive had some things in my life that have tried. The fame and celebrity comes with the territory, but the fight in me is because I always love to sing.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> Speaking of overshadowing, country music has built a reputation around real-life drama. Why do you think youve been singled out? And how have you managed to keep your head above water without letting the detractors get to you?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> I dont know. I ask myself that quite often. But I couldnt have made it this far without being surrounded by a lot of good people. They knock me down a few notches and help keep me grounded.</p> <p>And I really try to take care of myself and be honest. Like, m not doing so well right now who can I reach out to now for help? Its a hard thing to do, and its a very hard thing to write something like where you really have to look at yourself, take inventory and be honest.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> I Do Now is a terrific song about when youre young and you connect with how a song sounds. But later, after youve had some life experiences under your belt, you connect more with the lyrics. As an artist, how important is it to have those real-life experiences and be able to connect with what youre singing?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Its very important. Of course, I didnt understand that at 13, but then again, I thought I knew everything at that age. I would get really offended when people would say, You have no clue what youre singing! But I knew they were right.</p> <p>Obviously, I wouldnt have been able to write an album like if I didnt live through those experiences. I might have been able to write a song that conveyed a particular feeling, but theres a whole different level that comes with it when you live through something.</p> <p><strong>Q:</strong> Theres a lot of unfiltered thoughts and emotions running through the album with songs like ve Ruined Me and God Takes Care of Your Kind. Was this album and process the beginning of a new you? A type of unblemished sincerity and truth?</p> <p><strong>A:</strong> Oh yeah. I dont think I can approach music any other way. I spit out the truth and we recorded everything as honestly as we could and then took a step back, listened to the whole album and tried to determine what we were missing and what we hadnt said. It was almost like making a film and piecing it all together. Ive never made a record like this in my entire career, but its how I will do it from here on out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspentimes.com/news/7645136-113/rimes-music-album-belly" target="_blank"><strong>SOURCE</strong></a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:36:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/169753VH1 Announces The Arrival of LeAnn & Eddie<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/08/05/images/assets/medium.B1P1vclgkXOh2HsvoSDmlfaWn3aL7uw1N3nTLR_Hi10.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been a Hollywood supercouple for years now, and along with all their talent and fame comes infamy, paparazzi, and tabloid rumors. VH1 is thrilled to announce that the pair are joining our family to give a glimpse of their lives and to set the record straight in the new series, LeAnn & Eddie, which will premiere in Fall 2013/Winter 2014. To hear what the couple has to say about living their lives in front of the camera for the new show, read on at <a href="http://blog.vh1.com/2013-08-07/vh1-announces-the-arrival-of-leann-eddie/">VH1.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:05:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/168773Best Country Album of 2013? LeAnn Rimes Spits Fire About ‘Spitfire’<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/05/images/assets/medium.0e_lmWOOPtuzTJ4eP1bHkroWqEIXcB9GvZcrvRIIGqs.jpg" /><br /><p>In terms of purely the country music scene, LeAnn Rimes is the very definition of a conundrum. On one hand, theres the immensely gifted vocalist, whos famously been in the biz since childhood and won a slate of awards for her work in the country genre. On the other hand, theres the celeb who infamously has battled disproportionately vicious press regarding her personal life; the Rimes who tweets photos of herself in bikinis and wars on social media with reality show starlets.</p> <p>Of course, through all this roughly 5-year mess, Rimes has managed to release two critically acclaimed--and extremely country--albums: One of them a fine collection of classic country covers, the other her latest, Spitfire, which some are calling the best country album of 2013. Indeed, the latter record features an intriguing mix of Rimess well-documented personal sagas told in her own words, backed by some of Nashvilles most heavyweight songwriters and musicians. When Rimes arrives at the Ram Country studios, her ability to go from chatting in a rapid, totally Southern accent-free dialect instantaneously into her flawless, honeyed singing voice is startling in its contrasting angles.</p> <p>The girl has become a woman, and one with a story at that, but her talent has remained rock-solid. And therein lies the sad/infuriating punctuation to Rimess media battles: Her extraordinary gift has been largely overlooked in the shadow of this looming public perception.</p> <p>Rimes is unflappable when asked if her current life as a Hollywood celebrity has alienated her from the country fan community. "I actually dont [live in Hollywood]," she points out calmly. "I live in Calabasas, where we have horses."</p> <p>Of course, she also has neighbors such as Justin Bieber in her exclusive hood (which is located about 25 miles outside of Hollywood), but Rimes waves this aside. "I do not go into Hollywood. Thats such a misconception...I dont want to have to go out to every envelope opening; I mean, I show up when I have to. Im really at home with my husband and my two stepsons. My husband and I dream of living in Montana in the middle of nowhere, honestly," she adds with a laugh.</p> <p>Rimes is pragmatic about the response shes been getting from the country fans, who have unquestionably given her a harder time than other artists who have gone through infidelity (For example: Blake Shelton, who was allegedly involved with Miranda Lambert while still hitched, has escaped with a fraction of the criticism Rimes has endured). Although critics have (rightfully) praised Spitfire through the roof, first-week sales of the record were disappointing.</p> <p>Although she says that the album has "done exactly what I wanted it to do"--namely, give her "a voice in my own life that everyone seemed to be writing for me"--Rimes is, again, matter of fact about the realities of its audience.</p> <p>"I think its kind of interesting how country music is about real life, but there are people who dont me to live it," she notes. "Within real life you make mistakes. And you know, you own up to them and move on. And thats the greatest thing--weve all moved on. And its time for other people to move on. But it seems now to be this story, almost this soap opera, that people are invested in. They love the drama of it. Which is insane to me."</p> <p>"But its like its been 4 and a half, almost 5 years. So, you know, thank God it makes for great music," she deadpans. "When you listen to Spitfire, Im not trying to change anyones mind. Its just the truth. I say its the truth in no particular order, cause it is. And I feel like so many people have written such a skewed story...its also very skewed to paint a picture of myself and my husband thats completely opposite of what we really are. So I think through my music I was able to finally have a voice in my own life. And I think that when you listen to this record you take a piece of me away, cause its that personal."</p> <p>Rimess confessional story on the album even includes a surprising piece of her past, in the form of "God Takes Care Of Your Kind"--a song she wrote more than 7 years ago with ex-husband Dean Sheremet (whom she has, remarkably and under-reportedly, managed to maintain a civil relationship with amid all the other drama in her life). She smiles when discussing the song: "It was for the album Family. We recorded it, and it ended up not making it cause I didnt love the production on it. And then as we started piecing together this record, I felt like it fit the story really well."</p> <p>Rimes is abrupt when asked if Sheremet has commented on her album ("No, not really"), but its clear she is appreciative of having this bit of her past on Spitfire. "Its funny because I have a total different take on it," she explains. "Its almost like, all of my haters out there, its almost their song to me. So, I look at it in a very odd way. Its a fun song to sing. And yeah, [Dean and I] used to write music together all the time. So hes on there for sure."</p> <p>That said, with the relentless continued focus on her current marriage, has Rimes ever considered moving into a different musical genre, such as pop? She certainly has the chops to do anything she wants, and the audience may be more forgiving. Rimes is adamant, however, that she will remain in her home genre. She explains that her previous record, Lady & Gentlemen, was a catalyst for the traditionally country sound and confessional style that Spitfiretook on.</p> <p>"I feel like musically, this album probably lends itself to the more traditional country than anything on country radio," she notes. "It was nice to be able to take a breath with Lady & Gentlemen and go back and dig into some of those classic country songs recorded by men. And it was really important, I think, in the whole picture to do that. Because it actually influenced the sound of Spitfire. Everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that going back and falling in love with older-school country music really influenced this record...All of those men, you know, never shied away from writing honest lyrics about what they were living."</p> <p>She pauses, then laughs. "My life is one big country song."</p> <p>"I will say this," she adds. "As much as Ive been given flack, and its been hard to navigate my way and come back through my music and to the country audience side--I have a significant amount of fantastic fans that have stuck by me through absolutely everything. And I think one of my biggest my biggest accomplishments is to have been around for 20 years and to still have a career. To still be on my feet, to be making the best music that Ive made in my life.</p> <p>"I was given a gift and I love singing," Rimes muses. "I mean thats the thing: Ive never chased fame. That part of it could go away. But I love music. Im never going to let anyone take that from me. So yeah, its been overshadowed...but the great thing is, I got to take a really crappy situation and turn it into a great record.</p> <p>"I hope that the conversation is changing, and I hope it continues to."</p> <p></p> <p>To read the original Rolling Stone article, click <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/best-country-album-of-2-aa3-leann-rimes-spits-fire-about-spitfire-20130724" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:37:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/166053LeAnn Rimes to Perform at Oregon Zoo<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/00/images/assets/medium.Se-L7Xcm4atUyhxNM_ELksWqizHxD3KAf3ZZlMhyJZ8.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes got her start at the tender age of 13, and in 1996 she became the youngest country star since Tanya Tucker more than two decades before. While I knew Rimes had been around a while, I had no idea she had been so prolificat age 30, she already has 15 albums under her belt. Over the past two decades Rimes has veered from her country roots in favor of more traditional pop, only to return with This Woman in 2005. Whichever style she adopts, her voice is always up to the task. That and her sense of adventure with each release is what has always set Rimes apart from the Faith Hills and Shania Twains. At 30, LeAnn Rimes has nothing to prove. Itll be interesting to hear what she does next.</p> <p>For more details about the event click <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events/178673" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/leann-rimes/Event?oid=9168002" target="_blank">Portland Mercury</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:40:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/165993Yahoo! Music Performance on Ram Country<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/14/images/assets/medium.6na-iXEW9q70XztAb_lH0-NZkKDEMH1FELtdJ2U03OE.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes recently stopped by to perform live for Yahoo! Music & Ram Country. You can check out 3 songs and an interview from the performance below!</p> <p><a href="http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country/leann-rimes-spitfire-163419566.html">"Spitfire"</a></p> <p><a href="http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country/leann-rimes-waste-terrible-thing-163619232.html">"A Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind"</a></p> <p><a href="http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country/leann-rimes-done-163223631.html">"What Have I Done"</a></p> <p>Also, <a href="http://music.yahoo.com/video/playlist/ram-country/leann-rimes-exclusive-interview-163217056.html">click here</a> to check out an exclusive interview that was part of the performance.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:11:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/165723Gypsum Welcomes LeAnn Rimes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/03/images/assets/medium.2VuUhkJf5ZmVfClhYuY2OogpXrXP-vaQ0CzNNpDspEY.jpg" /><br /><p>Editors note: Check High Life on Friday to read a feature on Collin Raye and IMAJ, who open the show for LeAnn Rimes on Saturday.</p> <p>LeAnn Rimes routinely performs in big cities all over the world. Youll see her on television sitcoms and in tabloids. On Saturday, you can see her at Gypsums Lundgren Theater....</p> <p>Read the full article by Derek Franz at <a href="http://www.vaildaily.com/news/7344797-113/rimes-leann-gypsum-com">vaildaily.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:14:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/164013Special Fan Ticket Price!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/01/13/images/assets/medium.lvhkBfRg3JBWTKXASohz6A8YgvfK3mMBFl0XPHRf3Lk.jpg" /><br /><p>Want to catch LeAnn Rimes live at The El Rey in Los Angeles tonight?</p> <p>If you dont already have tickets, <a href="https://www.artful.ly/store/events/1310">click here</a> for a special fan discounted rate.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:57:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/160563Friend Movement Benefit Concert<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/14/images/assets/medium.9OSvwzjRlEfZdLsAS6RRSSOIZT4ApKv0OKx-6BRcRY0.jpg" /><br /><p>The Friend Movement Benefit Concert at the El Rey in Los Angeles is right around the corner! The show is July 1st at 8pm. <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C004ACDEF346A2D?SREF=TWEvent">Get your tickets here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:35:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/160053PEREZ EXCLUSIVE! LeAnn Rimes Brings Out The Waterworks For Who We Really Are!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/01/04/images/assets/medium.U7VexZleeikOyiCkDt3BOssKKuv6vRRi4tP5Hlk2zh4.png" /><br /><p>Sing it, lady!!!<br /> <br /> We have another EXCLUSIVE performance by the lovely LeAnn Rimesjust for you, Perezcious readers!!<br /> <br /> The country-crooner stopped by <a href="http://PerezHilton.com">PerezHilton.com</a> recently and sang Who We Really Are, off her new album Spitfire!<br /> <br /> While her performance only drove home for us just how talented this star really is, the moving ballad brought us including LeAnn herself to tears!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-20-exclusive-leann-rimes-performances-who-we-really-are-video#.UcOEHT44WZ8">Ch-ch-check out the emotional clip</a>!<br /> <br /> If you havent already, be sure to check out our other EXCLUSIVE footage of the star, including her performance of I Do Now and her juicy interview!<br /> <br /> Were hooked!</p> <p>Check out the video & original article at <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-20-exclusive-leann-rimes-performances-who-we-really-are-video#.UcOEHT44WZ8">perezhilton.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:48:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/158683The Other LeAnn Rimes: Catharsis and Craft<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/05/images/assets/medium.HRel1zyApYMjtQVxXmixMUuYTJos3iQDMb76lrLn8n4.jpg" /><br /><p>The country singer-songwriter steps beyond tabloid headlines with her most powerful (and personal) music.<br /> <br /> <em>By Phyllis Stark<br /> 
Special to MSN Music</em><br /> <br /> Its entirely reasonable to suspect there may be two of LeAnn Rimes.<br /> <br /> One lives in a drama-filled world populated by relentless tabloid gossip, public feuds with her husbands ex-wife, a seemingly endless parade of bikini pics, a barrage of tweets (61,000 and counting) and a self-imposed, monthlong stay in an in-patient treatment center late last summer for help with anxiety-related issues.<br /> <br /> The other is a 30-year-old singer-songwriter of remarkable skill and natural talent who appears to be in full command of her career, her craft and her faculties.<br /> <br /> It was the latter LeAnn who turned up in a windowless room in the basement of a Nashville recording studio on a recent spring afternoon and spoke with passion, pride and intelligence about her latest album, "Spitfire." Save for the leather pants and the entourage she could easily have been mistaken for the pretty girl next door.<br /> <br /> The professional pride she exhibits in conversation is justified. "Spitfire" ranks among the two-time Grammy winners best albums to date. (It debuted in the top 10 of Billboards Country Albums chart.)<br /> <br /> She co-wrote eight of the sets 13 tracks, most notably the poignant "What Have I Done" and "Borrowed," which detail, respectively, the emotions associated with the breakup of her first marriage, and the early relationship with her current husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. More up-tempo and equally potent songs like "Spitfire" and "God Takes Care of Your Kind" seem more pointedly directed at Cibrians ex-wife, reality TV star Brandi Glanville, with whom Rimes has a contentious relationship, as does the more conciliatory track "Just a Girl Like You."<br /> <br /> Among the albums other standout moments is a cover of Buddy and Julie Millers "Gasoline and Matches," on which Rimes effectively enlists the talents of Matchbox Twentys Rob Thomas on vocals and Jeff Beck on guitar.<br /> <br /> In a candid and revealing interview, Rimes spoke with MSN Music about writing and recording the album, and the sometimes painful but often joyful emotions that went into creating it.<br /> <br /> <strong>MSN Music: Youve compared making this album to making a movie, where every song had to fit the story you wanted to tell. Whats the trailer-length version of that story?</strong><br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes: Theres a lot of humanity on this album, more so than anything Ive ever done. I approached writing and the performances from a very human perspective, and not from a LeAnn Rimes perspective of where I had to prove to people I could sing. There wasnt any proving on this record. It was just being and experiencing all the things Ive experienced in life over the last four years. All the emotions that any human being could have faced or have felt are on this album. So I feel like Im meeting the listener and the fan in a completely different place than I ever have. Its real life.<br /> <br /> <strong>You cant really feel like you have to prove to people you can sing at this point, can you?</strong><br /> <br /> I really dont, but at the same time, theres still that little girl thats like, "OK, Im going to go kick ass. Im going to go prove to people that Im still the best." Theres this little part of me that always will be that way ... the competitive part of me. I compete with myself all the time.<br /> <br /> As far as my voice goes, Im happier than I ever have been because Ive grown, and the depths that I can reach are very deep when it comes to emotion. I have this lower end of my voice that I never had when I was a kid. I [also] dont think when I sing, which is a pretty amazing gift to have. Its the one time where I can just not think about anything, just kind of get lost in it. Its an amazing experience to be able to do that.<br /> <br /> <strong>You wrote eight of these songs, and then gave some incredibly emotional performances of them in the studio. Which was harder, and which was more cathartic, the writing or the recording?</strong><br /> <br /> The writing was probably more cathartic. Its still hard to perform them. I tried to do [album cut] "Who We Really Are" today and I had to do it three times to get one take because I was [emulates sobbing]. My guitar players like, "Think of sex. Think of anything funny," and it does work, but only for a very short period of time. ... Its very hard to get through some of these things still.<br /> <br /> The songs that I really do tear up with now are the songs that I still am living, the things that I havent quite gotten past or maybe never will get past. "Who We Really Are" [is] about [fighting] for love ... and [having] a love thats not the fairy tale, but something thats real. I live it every day, so I dont think Ill ever get past that.<br /> <br /> Those tangible emotions are right there that you can actually reach out and touch, because theyre right underneath your skin. Those are the [songs] I still have a hard time getting through.<br /> <br /> <strong>Does that mean you left the recording studio every day feeling like a wet noodle?</strong><br /> <br /> [Whether] it was "Spitfire," where I was completely angry the whole time, or "I Do Now," I gave every ounce of myself on this record. So yeah, I left the studio every day completely exhausted, but woke up the next morning so excited to be able to walk back in and create again. ... The greatest thing is walking away from a project knowing that theres nothing else you could have given to it. Thats rare.<br /> <br /> <strong>You must be enjoying all the critical praise the albums getting.</strong><br /> <br /> For the first time, I wasnt really seeking anyones approval. I made a record that I really loved, and left every ounce of me there. I was hoping everyone would enjoy it, but at the same time, if no one did, I actually felt pretty confident and comfortable with the music that I made. With that, theres a lot of freedom.<br /> <br /> <strong>Artistically, how does 30-year-old LeAnn differ from 20-year-old LeAnn?</strong><br /> <br /> Ive really grown so much in 10 years and, God knows, 20 years. I thought I knew a lot at 20. I didnt know crap. Im a lot less fearful ... I realize were all human and we all experience the same things. Im not putting on any kind of front. This is just who I am. There are the things Ive lived and experienced, and ... Im not trying to shy away from it because its not pretty.<br /> <br /> <strong>Youve said, "The intimacy in my music is just beginning." What does that mean for your projects still to come?</strong><br /> <br /> Im meeting [fans] on a completely different level than I ever have, and I think Im just going to be approaching music from here on out that way, where were writing hooky songs, but at the same time they have substance to them. They dont have to have too much substance where people have to think real hard about them, but theyre real songs, and they talk about real life. I have a lot more to give than just ... writing a ditty. I love ditties, but I want them to be smart. Thats who I want to be from here on out. Im finally starting to hone in on exactly what it is, and after 20 years, thank God people are still allowing me to do that.<br /> <br /> <strong>This is your last album for your label home of the last nearly 20 years, Curb Records? Whats next?</strong><br /> <br /> This is the sound that I will continue. I feel like I finally found exactly what I want to do, and there will be some kind of continuity as we go along from here on out. But I dont know [whats next]. Ive been in the same place for 20 years, so its exciting to be able to learn where we are now as an industry. I feel like Im going to be interviewing a lot of [label] people. Now, its my turn.<br /> <br /> Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville bureau chief at Billboard magazine.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article <a href="http://music.msn.com/summer-music-guide-leann-rimes/feature/story/?ocid=muhfpS1RL3">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:40:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/158673Two New Interviews<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/06/03/images/assets/medium.hREyMojYZab4WRwZEbvHMu5XQ0eOTPa2sVhhABjVDLM.png" /><br /><p>LeAnn has been stopping by for interviews with all sorts of different media outlets to promote her new album Spitfire. <a href="http://better.tv/view/celebrities-celebrities2-leann-rimes">Click here</a> to see her interview on Better Show WLNY, and watch her on One One TV below:<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_xQtLUH2KTA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:27:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/158553Spitfire Review - People Magazine<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/13/08/images/assets/medium.tNIdsDJjp2-zw-3sybqx9ntUpc4fVX3H8XzXBDeA4MU.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire (Genre: Country)<br /> <br /> Given all the drama surrounding her highly publicized affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian, which broke up both of their marriages in 2009, LeAnn Rimes certainly has plenty of juicy material for country songs. Sprifire, her first album with original tunes since the scandal, sparks with real-life heat and heart, from the ballads "Borrowed" and "What Have I Done?" to the deceptively breezy "Just a Girl Like You." Through it all, Rimes succeeds at turning the focus away from her being a tabloid figure and back to her being a first-rate country singer.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:59:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/158393PEREZ EXCLUSIVE! LeAnn Rimes Had It Back Then & I Do Now! Watch Her Perform!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/00/images/assets/medium.eHWhN0yAjPYn2v-N2ggXl9M68dfa3qProJiJ7i9iiWM.png" /><br /><p>DAYUM, gurl!<br /> <br /> Shes still got a helluva voice on her!<br /> <br /> We promised an <strong>EXCLUSIVE</strong> performance by LeAnn Rimes and some of her latest music from her new album <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spitfire/id647192818">Spitfire</a>, and we always follow through with our promises!<br /> <br /> LeAnn brought her out-of-this-world pipes with her to <a href="http://PerezHilton.com">PerezHilton.com</a> to perform I Do Now and yes, she knocked our freakin socks off!<br /> <br /> The song is so wonderfully country we can see girls belting it out with their bestiez all day long! Ch-ch-check it out <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-18-exclusive-leann-rimes-singing-i-do-now-watch-here#.UcDUFfY4WZ9">HERE</a>!<br /> <br /> And be sure to check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with LeAnn <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-17-exclusive-leann-rimes-music-marriage-sex-twitter-spitfire-release-interview">HERE</a>!</p> <p>View the original article at <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-18-exclusive-leann-rimes-singing-i-do-now-watch-here#.UcDUFfY4WZ9">perezhilton.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:42:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/158183LeAnn Rimes Puts Haters, Feud Rumors & New Music Deets On Blast!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/05/images/assets/medium._cnErrXsrWPrWlamyPe5Ced8njCm9PSfUKQ39SZg1v8.png" /><br /><p>We all know LeAnn Rimes has got a whole lot going on!<br /> <br /> Luckily she sat down with <a href="http://perezhilton.com">Perez Hilton</a> EXCLUSIVELY to chat about it allll! And you know <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-06-17-exclusive-leann-rimes-music-marriage-sex-twitter-spitfire-release-interview#.Ub9H5fY4WZ8">PerezHilton.com</a> got to the bottom of the nitty gritty!<br /> <br /> She might be pretty well-known these days for her Twitter dramz and feud with Brandi Glanville, but gurlfriend has some hot music out right now on her new album Spitfire that we just HAD to chat with her about<br /> <br /> but dont worry, she dished all about sex, dealing with the aftermath of her affair, and ignoring the haters!<br /> <br /> And weve gotta tell you, its one of the juiciest scoops weve ever gotten from a celeb! You wont believe what she hinted about her seksi hubby Eddie Cibrian!<br /> <br /> Ch-ch-check it out here!<br /> <br /> And be sure to stay tuned this week for EXCLUSIVE performances by LeAnn right <a href="http://perezhilton.com">HERE</a>!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:35:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/157923LeAnn Rimes’ New Album: What Are The Reviews Saying?<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/04/images/assets/medium.5OlvUpXNkGDFTsM8j9XrNWDJ8qVHPF3yE35HNhBXKds.png" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes 12th studio album, "Spitfire," made an impressive debut in the Top 10 of Billboards country album charts. So, what are the reviews saying? Check out a quick video run down from Access Hollywood <a href="http://watch.accesshollywood.com/search/leann-rimes%E2%80%99-new-album:-what-are-the-reviews-saying/2480217204001?searchterm=LeAnn%20Rimes">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:33:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/157873LeAnn Rimes’ Spitfire Debuts at No. 9 on Country Charts<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/02/images/assets/medium.3zYCA_526tDK9iGC3zHW8mmqSHWHsqZH0on-2lhv9lQ.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes new album, Spitfire, has debuted at No. 9 on Billboards Top Country Albums Chart. Leading up to the projects June 4 release, LeAnn spent several days in Nashville, visiting with media outlets to discuss her new music. To top off her week in Music City, she performed two new songs at the Grand Ole Opry.<br /> <br /> While at GAC, LeAnn sat down with Suzanne Alexander to discuss her new music, turning 30 and so much more. Visit <a href="http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_leann_rimes">LeAnns Artist Section</a> to watch exclusive interview clips and see in-studio performances of some of her new songs!<br /> <br /> LeAnn then headed to LA for release week where she performed on The Tonight Show and EXTRA, visited with Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately and was featured on OMG Insider, among others. Then she headed to New York to perform on Good Morning America, FOX News, The View and The Wendy Williams Show.<br /> <br /> Fans can catch LeAnn performing on The Talk July 15. She will be a guest onE! Fashion Police on August 2 and an interview and acoustic performance will be featured on <a href="http://perezhilton.com">perezhilton.com</a> in the coming days.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by Sarah Wyland at <a href="http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2013/06/14/leann-rimes-spitfire-debuts-at-no-9-on-country-charts/">gactv.com</a> & check out their review of Spitfire <a href="http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2013/05/28/gac-album-review-leann-rimes-spitfire/">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:57:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/157383LeAnn Rimes Returns<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/06/images/assets/medium.WVjCYklx-gTdWfe2Hymcmkm9Bt-f8AXDy0quITyQhAs.jpg" /><br /><p>Cassadee Pope Enters Hot Country Songs, LeAnn Rimes Returns.<br /> <br /> The reigning victor of "The Voice" blasts into the top with her first country radio single, while LeAnn Rimes returns to the Top Country Albums charts top 10.<br /> <br /> Third-season (2012) champ of NBCs "The Voice" Cassadee Pope returned to the show on June 4 to sing "Wasting All These Tears," her first official country radio single. Subsequently, the track draws Hot Shot Debut applause on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart No. 7, marking her third straight top 10 debut (unaccompanied by another artist). She posted back-to-back top 10 starts last December with "Voice"-generated covers of Keith Urbans "Stupid Boy" (No. 4) and Miranda Lamberts "Over You" (No. 3).<br /> <br /> With 125,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, Popes new track is also the highest beginner on Country Digital Songs (No. 2). It also starts on Country Airplay at No. 54.<br /> <br /> Prior to her solo endeavor, Pope fronted Hey Monday, a pop/rock band which drew chart ink in 2008-11, including the No. 25-peaking EP "Beneath It All" on the Billboard 200.<br /> <br /> TV = SALES: Alongside Popes handsome start, TV exposure accounts for much activity on Hot Country Songs, led by Digital Gainer and Streaming Gainer nods for Florida Georgia Lines "Cruise." The song benefits from a performance on the June 5 CMT Music Awards.<br /> <br /> With its second-best digital week so far (225,000 downloads, up 15%), FGL performed the song with rapper Nelly on the show. The best sales week for "Cruise" was 248,000 on the April 20 chart, which reflected first-week sales of the Nelly remix. The duo snares the streaming spike with 3.2 million total streams, up 14%, according to Nielsen BDS. Leading Country Digital Songs for a 16th cumulative week, "Cruise" dominates Hot Country Songs for a 15th week, the most chart-topping frames for a song in the past 50 years on the latter chart.<br /> <br /> The remaining seven Hot Country Songs debuts are also traceable to TV performances: six from "The Voice" and a duet version of "Home" by Blake Shelton and Usher (No. 36), which they performed together on the May 29 "Healing in the Heartland" Oklahoma tornado benefit show.<br /> <br /> Usher, thus, makes his first career appearance on Hot Country Songs.<br /> <br /> Also among the new titles on Hot Country Songs: another Pam Tillis cover from "Voice" hopeful Danielle Bradbery, as "Shake the Sugar Tree" sweetens the chart at No. 38. Tillis original reached No. 3 in 1992 on Hot Country Songs. Four weeks ago, Bradbery debuted and peaked at No. 25 with "Maybe It Was Memphis, which Tillis also took to No. 3 in 1992.<br /> <br /> STARTER: LeAnn Rimes opens at No. 9 with Hot Shot Debut honors on Top Country Albums (and at No. 36 on the Billboard 200) as "Spitfire," her final album for Curb Records, starts with 11,000 sold, according to SoundScan. The set is her first album of all-original material to reach the list since "Family" debuted at No. 2 in 2007 with 74,000. Her covers set "Lady & Gentleman" debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 12,000 in 2011.<br /> <br /> Rimes prior track record on Top Country Albums includes 10 top five debuts, including five No. 1 launches. She arrived with the eventual 28-week No. 1 "Blue" 17 years ago next month.<br /> <br /> JUMPS: Zac Brown Band ups its top 10 count to 12 on Country Airplay, as "Jump Right In" hops 11-10 in its 18th week. Thats the most top 10s by a group dating to the acts first top 10, "Chicken Fried," on the chart dated Nov. 1, 2008. Next up among groups in that span: nine top 10s apiece for Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts, six for the Band Perry and three for Little Big Town.<br /> <br /> Since the BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart launched in January 1990, Zac Brown Band boasts the seventh-most top 10s among groups. Rascal Flatts leads with 28, followed by Alabama (24), Diamond Rio (19), Lonestar (18), Dixie Chicks (14), Sawyer Brown (14), Lady Antebellum (10), Shenandoah (10) and Little Texas (eight). Nine of ZBBs top 10s have hit No. 1.<br /> <br /> RECORD-SETTING: Tim McGraw, with Taylor Swift, surpasses the weekly Country Airplay audience record set the previous week with "Highway Dont Care," which holds at No. 1 for a second week. As previously reported, during the May 27-June 2 tracking week, "Highway" logged the biggest weekly audience sum (41.3 million impressions) since the chart adopted audience-based rankings in January 2005, besting Toby Keiths "As Good as I Once Was," which logged 40.6 million impressions in August 2005. The McGraw/Swift collaboration gains by 325,000 impressions for a record-rewriting 41.6 million impressions (June 3-9).<br /> <br /> "Highway" is the 19th of his McGraws 26 career leaders to spend more than one week atop Country Airplay. Remarkably, his first 12 No. 1s each spent multiple weeks atop the chart (1994-2001). His longest reign was seven cumulative weeks with "Live Like You Were Dying" nine years ago. Swifts Country Airplay chart history includes seven leaders, the first four of which posted multiple weeks at the summit (2007-09). Shed last logged multiple No. 1 weeks with "You Belong with Me," which ruled for two frames in summer 2009.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by Wade Jessen at <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1566916/cassadee-pope-enters-hot-country-songs-leann-rimes-returns">billboard.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:43:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/157203Tune In Notice<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/00/images/assets/medium.oRt-KHKrEM7x90Vjc5vI2OUsYQ6g4_65M4XLj8zE1IQ.jpg" /><br /><p>Dont forget to set your DVRs for the following upcoming appearances on behalf of SPITFIRE:<br /> <br /> THE VIEW: LeAnns appearance on THE VIEW will air live tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM on ABC.<br /> <br /> WENDY WILLIAMS: LeAnns appearance on WENDY WILLIAMS will air Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM ET on FOX and 11:00 AM PT on FOX.<br /> <br /> FOX: LeAnns appearance on FOX will air Tuesday, June 11th (and will air at different times/locations depending on the area).</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:23:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/156373ASCAP Audio Portrait: LeAnn Rimes's Spitfire<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/11/images/assets/medium.3gbO44sBErYgUgFA0EUbGN-GCGVh7OU7l-Iw3hEJCqQ.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes has created perhaps the most intimate album of her career with Spitfire, her eleventh studio effort and a brave response to the public critics of her private life. These unapologetic, brutally honest and emotionally complex songs are delivered with all the poise and polish Rimes is known for, and her confessional songwriting and breathtaking story lines offer an intimate peek into the singer-songwriters recent struggles. Spitfire is out now!</p> <p>Check out the audio portrait at <a href="http://www.ascap.com/audioportraits/r/leann_rimes.aspx">ascap.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:12:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/156233Country Music's Year Of The Woman<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/08/images/assets/medium.o2o9-pKp-3ZX_kofM8A6kXJoWhsl-nC7MBqziumEcJA.jpg" /><br /><p>Sometimes, it can be difficult to notice a cultural sea change. At first, theres just a little, unexpected turn in the tide. But then, whoosh! The new current takes over, and old preconceptions are swept away. Country music seems to be in the middle of this process now.<br /> <br /> Last May, the astute critic Jewly Hight noticed that while men like Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney still dominated commercial country, a new cohort of female artists had begun to take possession of countrys most hallowed sounds and subject matter. "Were hearing women working with traditional country sounds while they sing about staking claim to personal freedom and demanding equal footing in relationships," Hight wrote.<br /> <br /> Country radio and casual listeners still favored male artists rock-based, proudly redneck music. But their female counterparts were laying claim to the genres essential ingredients: honky-tonk guitars and melodies worth weeping over; and supporting lyrics that went deep into the personal politics of family, intimate relationships and getting by.<br /> <br /> That was before a few notable developments made 2013 the first Year of the Woman that countrys seen in a while. (None of them, by the way, has to do with Taylor Swift, who was always only tenuously tied to the genre and who, despite a current chart-topping duet with her idol Tim McGraw, has now decidedly gone pop.) I count five major factors: three that sneaked up on the Nashville establishment, and two that made a major splash.<br /> <br /> The most important new thing in mainstream country isnt a trend, but a person: Miranda Lambert. Though she emerged in the first decade of this century, shes ended up shaping the second. While Swift has been more important to pop music in general, Lambert Texas-born; married to the telegenic, 21st century, good ol boy Blake Shelton; and known to sometimes wield a gun and knock back a whiskey is much more influential among countrys core producers and consumers.<br /> <br /> Lamberts hits, from revenge tales like "Gunpowder & Lead" to arguments for compassion like "Heart Like Mine" and "Mamas Broken Heart," explore the inner landscape of the modern heartland woman caught between inherited conservatism and a powerful awareness that the world is changing fast. And Lambert has put her money where her mouth is, forming the successful all-female trio the Pistol Annies, whose success has further proven womens viability in the marketplace.<br /> <br /> The Lambert Effect has opened doors for many of the new hopefuls blending hard country sounds with feminist-aware (if rarely explicitly political) attitudes. Also key has been the rise of close-harmony duos and trios: Sugarland, whose Atlanta-style, liberal twang had a huge impact circa 2006; and Lady Antebellum, whose 2010 hook-up ballad "Need You Now" redefined country romance for a new generation. Women have eased into the limelight through these groups by sharing it with men: family act The Band Perry, married duo Joey + Rory, and the outstanding quartet Little Big Town have all put the spotlight on womens voices this way.<br /> <br /> While the artists whose faces adorned the end racks at Wal-Mart pulled country in a different direction, the musics capital city also began to change. Thanks in part to the influence ofculture-friendly mayor Karl Dean and rock roll scenemaker Jack White, Nashville is becoming known for much more than Loretta Lynns (awesome!) ranch. Americana music, the bohemian counterpart to commercial country, has flourished in the past decade, with the Americana Music Associations annual conference and festival growing each year and the scenes darlings, from Buddy Miller to Emmylou Harris, growing into their roles as local royalty.<br /> <br /> The accouterments of a hipster hive are all now evident there locavore food scene, indie record stores, reclaimed dive bars, and a New York Times article comparing the city toPortlandia. This city, though still home to conservative institutions like the Southern Baptist Convention and Cracker Barrel, is leading the nation in job growth as it grows into a more diverse creative hub traditionally, a more sympathetic atmosphere for women in power positions.<br /> <br /> Those three coalescing elements finally jelled this year, and a new star has emerged to represent them. A critics darling whos doing well on the charts, too, Kacey Musgraves goes even further than Lambert has in marrying a progressive sensibility with a classic country sound. Even more than Lambert, Musgraves has perfected a sound that invokes the great matriarchs of classic country Dolly, Loretta, Tammy without ever seeming constricted by vintage trappings. (Ashton Shepherd was here first, but her excellent albums havent yet reached the audience they deserve.)<br /> <br /> Theres no doubt that Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park, released in March, will top many critics lists in fact, its bringing in a new generation of listeners who thought thatNeko Case was as country as theyd ever get. And beyond rocking an edgy image and attitude (her signature song, "Follow Your Arrow," endorses same-sex smooching and the occasional toke), Musgraves, like Lambert, works with other very gifted women who are ready to jump into the space shes created. Just one example is Kree Harrison a background singer on Musgraves album whos a fine songwriter herself and who went on to be the runner-up in this years American Idol race.<br /> <br /> Another friendly workplace, and the final factor thats made this year so great for women in Nashville, is the television show that bears the citys name. Im hardly the first writer to notice that Nashville deserves to be called a feminist intervention. Its important to note that not only do the programs characters and plotlines support and celebrate women; many of the songs performed each week are written or co-written by women, including Musgraves and Americana vets Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin. And given the fact that the three most frequently featured singers on Nashville are female, even male writers have had to shift attention back to the feminine.<br /> <br /> So it makes sense that halfway through 2013, I can easily make a Years Best list comprising the following albums: Same Trailer, Different Park; Like A Rose, by Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe; Annie Up, the second album from that group itself; The Highway, the first independent release from Hank Williams granddaughter, Holly Williams; Spitfire, the emotionally unrelenting comeback album by LeAnn Rimes; American Kid, by Americana veteran Griffin; The Stand-In, by a relative newcomer in the same field, Caitlin Rose; Love and Forgiveness, by Dusty Springfields spiritual daughter, Courtney Jaye; Carnival, by the quietly brilliant Nora Jane Struthers just one of several younger women making major waves in bluegrass; Pioneer, by the ever more rocking The Band Perry; and yes, those two volumes of soundtrack from the series Nashville.<br /> <br /> Oh, and did I mention that the young singer-songwriter who might be the best of them all Brandy Clark, who co-wrote Musgraves "Follow Your Arrow," hasnt even released her debut album yet? For women creating country music, and for all of us who love to hear their stories, this is truly Lucky 2013.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by Ann Powers along with some photos & videos at <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/06/06/188997881/country-musics-year-of-the-woman">npr.org</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:48:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/155663LeAnn Rimes' 'Spitfire': In Her Own Words<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/13/13/images/assets/medium.cDEwSiIIBwjIJ6scIVNey4t2uULw_kx6TLEoYjGuIyA.jpg" /><br /><p>The country star and producer Darrell Brown break down a selection of deeply confessional songs from the album that THR contributor Chris Willman calls "the best country record of the year."<br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes can only stay sotto voce for so long. s a human being with a heart that wrote this record thats been really quiet, she says of her new album, Spitfire (out June 5), in which she candidly addresses a half-decades worth of personal controversy for the first time. I feel like some people are always telling me something they think I dont know. Its like, no, I wrote about that.<br /> <br /> Spitfire has enough autobiographical grist to satisfy any tabloid watcher, as it deals quite openly with her affair with and subsequent marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian, bookending her divorce from first husband Dean Sheremet. Dealt with less explicitly, but perhaps still underlying the material, are her feelings about being part of a blended family thats not so blended -- a reference to how her struggles with Cibrianis ex, Brandi Glanville, have kept her in the gossip columns.<br /> <br /> By this point, its almost easy to mistake a woman who was long recognized for having one of the best voices in country music history for being one of those tabloid habitus whos famous for being famous. So Spitfire is a welcome rejoinder to that notion: far from just capitalizing on existent sensationalism, its a deeply confessional, musically rich singer/songwriter album thats almost certainly the best country record of the year, not to mention the album of her career.<br /> <br /> This album is at no one elses expense but mine, she says. I didnt go out and lash out at anyone, or put names in anyAlthough massive feuds have broken out on Twitter pitting Team LeAnn against Team Brandi, she swears she really doesnt blame anyone for siding against her. I think you could have read any story and absolutely hated me. I mean, I hated me half the time, because I read some of the stories, and I was like, wow, am I that horrible? And I knew I wasnt, but at the same time, it can kind of seep into your head and you start believingSome of thatseeps intos best songs, which veer between, well,and a jolting vulnerability.<br /> <br /> Not seeping in so much: electric guitars. Which may be odd to say of an album that includes an almost metal-sounding Jeff Beck solo -- his axe weaving in and out of a duet with Rob Thomas. But especially in country music lately, you find the electric guitar driving the bus, and you want her voice to drive the bus, says producer/co-writer Darrell Brown. Agrees Rimes: Literally if you listen to half of country radio, therell be three or four different electric guitar parts on a thing. And why? It isnt like you can hear them all. And then the vocal is squished in with a compressor to make it fit in with all the guitars. Not on Spitfire, which includes an all-star session team that includes Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Paul Franklin, and Dan Tyminski -- each and every one audible alongside a set of chops that have never sounded more magnificent.<br /> <br /> At 30, Rimes is both veteran -- having found stardom at 13 with -- and spring chicken, in terms of finally becoming an artist and not just thrush. The Hollywood Reporter sat down with the singer and her producer at her West Valley home to go through the album track-by-track, starting with the title song, which she unveils on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Below, a selection of songs and the stories behind them.<br /> <br /> <strong></strong><br /> The albums rocking-est song is also its most primarily acoustic song, counterintuitive as it may seem. Rimes takes on her enemies by breathing flames, and by saying Bless your heart, which everyone knows is a Southern euphemism for F--- you.<br /> <br /> Rimes: People think acoustic guitar cant rock, but the acoustic guitar got really angry on that song. So did I. Thats probably the angriest song on the album I remember some stupid article in one of those tabloid magazines had been brought to my attention and it pissed me off that day. Darrell walked in the door and I was bitching about it, and he looked at me and said, Wherever you are, were going to write from there. Just stay there. I went, I dont want to stay pissed off all day! But I dont think its in the human psyche for anybody to wrap their head around being lied about constantly for four and a half years. Id had it. There could have been a million other ways for that to come out. Its a good thing it came out in music.<br /> <br /> <strong>What Have I Done</strong><br /> Prior to the albums release, Rimes put out two ballads as digital singles. One, described longing for an illicit lover and chagrin at being the Other Woman. The other, What Have I Done, was about feeling shattered at breaking a mans heart. They were commonly understood to be about her affair with her love affair with Cibrian and subsequent divorce from Sheremet.<br /> <br /> Rimes: Those are the two most revealing songs on the album, when it comes to a specific situation people have talked about for the last four and a half years. Theyre flip sides of my emotions during that time. Sometimes I think there were a lot of people who forgot there was actually a human with a heart behind all of this. Its a very complex thing to be a human being in those situations, especially with the world watching. I dont think Id been able to express my emotions what I want through until those songs, and theyre not pretty. Well, theyre pretty songs.<br /> <br /> <strong>Gasoline and Matches</strong><br /> The albums sexiest song is a hard-rocking cover of a Buddy and Julie Miller song, with Matchbox Twentys Rob Thomas as duet partner. Though the song has roots in rootsy Americana, guitar soloing by Jeff Beck takes it almost into metal territory. Rimes: That has the sensual emotion to it that we didnt really have anywhere else on the record. We all started talking about getting Rob, because Rob and I have been trying to work together for 10 years. We reached out to him and he said yes without even hearing the song. When he got there, he said, I thought it was going to be a ballad! But he loved the song. And I worked with Jeff a couple of years ago on the Barbra Streisandtribute for the Grammys. We had said we wanted to work together again, but I was thinking, Oh yeah, Jeff Beck will work with me again -- sure he will.<br /> <br /> <strong></strong><br /> Though its part of a tradition of country cheatin songs, the most shocking song on the album comes without any of the witty wordplay typical to the genres classic adultery ballads.<br /> <br /> Rimes: We talked about how it might be a very polarizing song. I knew I was bracing myself for a hell of a storm. But it comes from a real place of being up and down with confusion and guilt and misunderstanding in what I went through with that situation. It wasnt easy for me to write. I wasnt trying to make it palatable for people. Thats not a situation thats ever palatable for anyone. No ones willing to talk about it. And so I knew I was gonna have to either jump off the ledge and write it like I did or back away. Its amazing how many people can relate to it, even if they dont want to admit it. And I find that the people that get angry at me and say How dare you! for actually telling the truth are the ones that still havent dealt with something within themselves. It should be just a song to them. For me, it s a lot more.<br /> <br /> Brown: After you sang that on The Tonight Show, Merle Haggard called up and said, Now, thats a country song.<br /> <br /> Rimes: That was one of my proudest moments in life.<br /> <br /> Brown: You kind of go, oh my gosh, did she just say what I thought she said? Theres been so many times where men have written about this kind of thing, but not so many women -- although Dolly Parton had I Wish I Felt This Way at Home.<br /> <br /> And usually if people are going to be revealing, they do it in one song and dont do it on any other song. You get one little peek inside the window, right? Thats why I said, Why dont you just pull the drapes back on the entire place, and let people have a look?<br /> <br /> <strong>Just a Girl Like You</strong><br /> A happy, almost frolicsome song, clearly written in response to some intense criticism about romantic choices. Rimes tells accusers about her new love and says: re not all that far apart/Both fragile works of art./I get you, I wish that youd get me. Its a sweet, epic tweet send out to her detractors.<br /> <br /> Rimes: When I wrote that, it was a very specific point toward a person, and then it became a much broader group of people I was aiming it to. I think a lot of women look at everything on such a surface level and brand me whatever name youd like to call me -- insert horrible name here. And no one ever realized that I had a heart and I was struggling with a lot of different emotions that as women we all struggle with at different times of our lives on different levels. I wasnt delusional. I didnt have this picture that I had painted for myself that was so pretty about ll never have to worry about someone hurting my heart or m completely clueless about the pain that Ive caused or the pain that Im going through. It was all very real to me as a woman. And I think you could have read any story and absolutely hated me. I mean, I hated me half the time, because I read some of the stories, and I was like, wow, am I that horrible? And I knew I wasnt, but at the same time, it can kind of seep into your head and you start believing stuff. So it was kind of my conversation with any other woman to say, m experiencing everything that youve experienced. Maybe you dont even know youll go through it yet. But you might.<br /> <br /> <strong>God Takes Care of Your Kind</strong><br /> Although it sounds like it could be a broadside aimed at Brandi Granville, this semi-comic promise of karmic justice actually dates back at least seven years, as the co-writing credit for ex-husband Sheremet will attest.<br /> <br /> Rimes: It was a moment in my life seven or almost eight years ago where I was going through a problem with my label, so I wrote a verse out of that frustration. And then as it went on it was about a friends divorce. We didnt like him very much at the time. But its funny, because after writing it so long ago and then going through what Ive gone through, I could be talking to myself in that song. So many people have said to me: Karma -- its coming your way. And Im like, Fantastic. I think it has. Trust me! Ive definitely experienced it. It doesnt mean that anyone else is exempt from it, either. If you keep throwing it out there, its going to come back and bite you in the ass eventually.<br /> <br /> <strong>Who We Really Are</strong><br /> A ballad about taking off the rose-colored glasses and seeing love for all the hard workand, presumably, reward -- it is.<br /> <br /> Rimes: Its the emotion that I most relate to at this moment, and I think it closes the album with where Im at. Love is one of the hardest things. Sometimes you have to fight extreme fights to keep or maintain it. And its not necessarily against each other. For us, its been a lot against the world. A blended family thats not so blended. And learning for me to fit into a world with two children. And having everyone make you want to question what you have, but then you know what you have, so you shut it all out and have to start living. The way that we stumbled upon what we have Its not the love I dreamt about as a child. Its not the fairy tale. I thought I was going to get married at 19, like I did, and that was going to last forever, and it was going to be easy, and we were going to be BFFs for life. Its almost a nice burst of a bubble. Its almost like this big breath of fresh air to go, Okay, so were supposed to not agree and were supposed to have to go through hard times. And then on the other side of this up and down and up and down of life, we can become stronger because of it. And sometimes people dont. Sometimes theres a reason why youre not supposed to be together.<br /> <br /> But thats what love is. And so I have a really hard time singing that song. I had to record it four times the other day at a place in Nashville just to get through the dang thing. And someone said, Oh my God, how miserable you must be to cry through that song. I thought, Actually, how miserable you must be not to understand it. Its so sad you cant get why that would affect me. Im so sorry youve never felt that before! Its actually these happy tears, along with this sadness and relief. When youre from the South, that seems to be what get said to you all the time, as a woman: This is what loves supposed to be. But its not. And I can actually deal with that, instead of having to keep up a front that everythings perfect.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article at <a href="http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/leann-rimes-spitfire-in-her-own-words-562586">hollywoodreporter.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:23:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/155083"Spitfire" - Available Today!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/02/images/assets/medium.yiBZh-AIfBnlQWBiBWaZ1ZZYYRvk5emlQC7L3l4M_0k.jpg" /><br /><p>SPITFIRE, the new album from LeAnn Rimes is available today! Physical CD Available Only at Walmart.<br /> <br /> Watch her perform the title track tonight on The Tonight Show
 & upcoming appearances on Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America, FOX News, EXTRA, The Wendy Williams Show, The View and The Talk.<br /> <br /> NASHVILLE, TN (June 4, 2013) Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes new album, SPITFIRE, is now available. The physical CD is available only at Walmart and features an exclusive live track of .<br /> <br /> 

The album, which LeAnn refers to as an intimate conversation between me and whoevers listening, is garnering great reviews.<br /> <br /> 

Spitfire... represents the boldest steps in both music and lyrics of her career.<br /> 
-The New York Times<br /> <br /> 

"As fine and true as any country album released this year"....(4 out of 4 stars)<br /> 
-USA TODAY<br /> <br /> 

"Her new album Spitfire has an immediacy and a force that I havent heard from her in years!!<br /> 
- CMT<br /> <br /> 

"A remarkably raw collection that pulls no punches ..In laying her emotions bare, Rimes has created her careers best work.<br /> 
 Journal Sentinel<br /> <br /> 

"All the music on Spitfire resonates...capturing Rimes at her best as a pure country singer, a neo-rockabilly filly, a savvy crossover pop artist, and an understated troubadour "<br /> 
- All Music Guide<br /> <br /> 

LeAnn delivers a fascinating look at her own hard lessons with one of the years most honest and revealing releases. Albums with the emotional punch of Spitfire dont come around often.<br /> 
- GAC<br /> <br /> 

Rimes displays a newfound subtlety in her strong voice on several songs. She effectively uses phrasing and shifts in tone to express complex feelings that sound like they come from real experience<br /> 
 Associated Press<br /> <br /> 

"3.5 out of 4 Stars" - US Magazine<br /> <br /> 

Catch LeAnn as she performs on The Tonight Show. Additional television appearances include Chelsea Lately tomorrow,June 5, 2013 and upcoming appearances on GMA, FOX News, EXTRA, The Wendy Williams Show, The View and The Talk.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:43:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/155063LeAnn Rimes: No Walls<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/09/10/images/assets/medium.bQF_C6EFDcEQ1XV3h8OXUiq0-qqjf6AaRfo6NXZ4nw4.jpg" /><br /><p>For the past four years, LeAnn Rimes name has been much talked about in the mediabut not on account of her music. With her eleventh studio album, Spitfire, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter uses the opportunity to reveal her own side of the story. I think a lot of people have written what they think my life should be for the past four and a half years, says Rimes. I didnt think twice about telling the truth. What did I have to lose with telling the truth? Unfortunately there have been so many lies, that it felt freeing to be able to talk about it from my own emotional point of view, because I never really have. It came out through my music. It was an appropriate place for it to come out. There were no walls up anymore, it was just very transparent.<br /> <br /> Spitfire, which releases today (June 4), will be Rimes last album for Curb Records, concluding a partnership that began when Rimes, then 12, signed with the label in 1995. ve been a good place to be for the last nearly 20 years, but I think its time to try something new, says Rimes. I dont really know where Im going to end up. Im just starting to have those conversations. Ive been there since I was 11; the whole landscape of the business has changed, so Im learning and kind of exploring.<br /> <br /> Its not just the landscape around her that has changed. Spitfire is easily Rimes most personal and transparent album to date, one that showcases her growth as a soul-bearing songwriter and a refined vocalist. Rimes co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks on the project.<br /> <br /> Two harbingers that the project would be a musical open letter to the listening public were made apparent in late 2012, when Rimes released the gorgeous and mournful What Have I Done?, an apology of sorts to ex-husband Dean Sheremet, and the unflinchingly honest which delves into the circumstances that resulted in her romance and later marriage to husband Eddie Cibrian.<br /> <br />  At the helm of the project is Rimes longtime producer, Darrell Brown. ve known Darrell about 11 years now. Hes one of my closest friends. To write a record like this and it be so personal, it was nice to have that trust there, that level of trust.<br /> <br /> Brown provided a stable of co-writers that allowed Rimes to musically probe four years. Those writers included David Baerwald, Dan Wilson, John Shanks and Nathan Chapman. Darrell is great at letting me go through the process without squashing everything, says Rimes. He knew I had a vision and helped me carry that out in the best way possible. There were moments where stuff was so personal that even the things he thought he knew after being so much a part of my life, I think it went a step past that as far as the personal talks we had. I think having him as a backup really allowed me to go there and trust myself and I think that was probably his influence. It was an intense record to write.<br /> <br /> Dan Tyminski and Alison Krauss lend background vocals to What Have I Done?, which was penned by Rimes, Brown and Baerwald. The track highlights Rimes earthy low vocal register. My voice has changed so much over the years, says the singer. I like singing down there more than I do belting everything out because there is a little more intimacy about it and a little more emotion on it. Thats where I sing from now, I get to relax a little bit. Brown accents her lower register by stripping the electric guitar work from most of the tracks.<br /> <br /> In the course of the past few albums, including 2007s Family, it seems Rimes has become most comfortable with sound influenced as much by blues and soul as country. Brown smartly surrounded the singer with musicians, including Paul Franklin, Steve Jordan, Dean Pearks,Tyminski, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks, that were comfortable with the groove.<br /> <br /> Matchbox Twentys Rob Thomas joins for the bluesy Gasoline and Matches. ve tried to work together and write together for years, but schedules didnt work out. I love his voice and his phrasing and when I got this song, I knew I wanted to rock it out.<br /> <br /> Rimes doesnt just allow listeners a glimpse into her personal feelings and revelations over the past yearshe invites listeners to take the journey with her. She loosens the reigns on a range of emotions, spewing frustration at an unnamed target in the title track (written by Rimes, Brown and Baerwald) and surrendering to love in ve Ruined Me (written by Rimes with Brown and Shanks). Even songs not from Rimes own pen are touchstones for various seasons of the past four years, such as Where I Stood, written by Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins. A friend of mine played that for me right when I was going through my divorce, so it was something that instantly connected with me. I knew when looking at this album as a whole that I wanted to tell that part of the story. I knew I couldnt write that song any better. I love that song. It definitely resonated very deeply with me.<br /> <br />  While the introspective ballads will gain the most attention on the album, up-tempo songs such as Just A Girl Like You and I Do Now remind listeners that Rimes can play sassy as well as introspective. On You Aint Right, penned by Liz Rose, Chris Stapleton andMorgane Hayes, she channels frustration, amusement, grit, sassand an off-color word or two. I dont think Ive said kiss my ass at any point and all that kind of stuff is on this record, says Rimes. At first I was like, I cant say that, but I had great supporters who said, You are old enough, and you can say whatever the hell you want.<br /> <br /> For Rimes, it was important that the project be more about LeAnn the person instead of LeAnn the public figurethat it be a mouthpiece for the feelings and words buried underneath the mountain of media speculation. I set out to make a record that was honest and from a human point of viewnot LeAnn Rimes the singer but the human being with something to say and life experience to share. I was really approaching it that way instead of the artist celebrity. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this album, she says.<br /> <br /> It is only the beginning, as Rimes has numerous ideas already in the works for her next album. I have plenty of ideas that I havent been able to sit down and completely flesh out and write, but I will be able to after this whirlwind of things. I have the next record in theory; I have it on my iPhone. Darrell and I have definitely talked about things and started things, and I would love to do a duets album at some point. I have plenty of ideas, well just see where I end up label-wise.<br /> <br /> For now, placing the focus back on her life as an artist is a first step. m glad the conversation has changed. Its sad that it has gone that way for so long, but its time. Theres no more to say. But there is plenty to say over here. It makes me happy to finally talk about music.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by Jessica Nicholson at <a href="http://www.musicrow.com/2013/06/leann-rimes-no-walls/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Musicrow+(MusicRow)">musicrow.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:54:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/155043LeAnn Rimes: How Child Stardom Seriously Messes With Your Head<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/02/images/assets/medium.OnvZVANJ4nnw4_G2GNefZ6ArInNZJSzGtuEIydtpobA.jpg" /><br /><p>At 13, LeAnn Rimes already had a hit song and was on her way to a Grammy. She hit a few stumbling blocks along the way a lawsuit against her dad, a much-scrutinized affair and divorce, and a month-long stint in intensive therapy last year but Rimes emerged from childhood stardom relatively unscathed. Now 30, Mrs. Eddie Cibrian has a new album,"Spitfire," and is planning a sitcom about her life. She opened up to omg! about her experience growing up in the spotlight and why she thinks so many former child stars, such as Justin Bieber,Lindsay Lohan, and Amanda Bynes, end up struggling.<br /> <br /> Being a child star today, with social media and the heightened interest in celebrities, would be incredibly difficult to handle.<br /> <br /> Its difficult to handle as an adult, to see the negativity. Its easy for people to sit behind a computer screen and tear people down. To be a kid and have to deal with that, to not have the tools really to differentiate between whats real and whats not, to not judge yourself by the misconceptions of others or the opinions of others thats hard enough to do as an adult, much less as a child.<br /> <br /> As you grow up in this business, you have to have a strong sense of self. But when you have so many opinions from the outside world, you dont really have a chance to develop your sense of self.<br /> <br /> Its very confusing when youve been on a pedestal for a really long time, and then that success goes away for some people, or all of a sudden people build you up to tear you down. People dont come out of the other side of it with a clear head, and I think thats probably the biggest thing.<br /> <br /> Having had it all as a child and growing into an adult, it definitely messes with your mind a little bit.<br /> <br /> Obviously, having the world watch you make every move brings so much confusion. I remember when I signed my record deal, when I was about 11. Those were very impressionable years. Youre trying to figure out who you are without a million people telling you who they think you should be, and its already hard enough at that age. It was definitely a very strange way to grow up. The developmental stages of the pre-teen years were kind of stunted in a lot of ways for me. I had to let parts of myself that were underdeveloped catch up with the other parts that were overdeveloped. The biggest challenge was really growing into a woman in the most normal way I could. There really isnt a normal way to do that when you start out in the business.<br /> <br /> Even though my family wasnt together, when stardom hit when I was 13, my mom and dad both had their say in everything that I did. Also, my godmother was very much a part of my life, as was my moms best friend since ninth grade. She has two daughters. One is four years older than me and one is eight years older than me, and they have been my sisters. Theyve always put me in my place. I had plenty of family and extended family around that really kept me grounded.<br /> <br /> For former child stars who are struggling, I wish them well. All you can do is have at least one person around you that will listen to you ... and that you respect enough to listen to also, even when they tell you the things you dont want to hear. If someone wants to take care of themselves, its really their decision. No one can really force them to do so.<br /> <br /> Now that Im an adult, I think I would nurture any kind of talent my child had, but I wouldnt be the first one to push them in that direction. That would be a decision that I think they would make when they got older. But I think its imperative that parents be parents, and keep their kids kids as long as they can. They have plenty of years to be able to [entertain] as a grown up.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by LeAnn Rimes at <a href="http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/leann-rimes-her-own-words-why-justin-amanda-230231526.html">omg.yahoo.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:21:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154973LeAnn Rimes Hosts E!'s HOLLYWOOD GOES COUNTRY Tonight<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/01/02/images/assets/medium.cK9Zzvme-I7m9npATeJlD9a79YErGy0bdFRRtq95o-Q.jpg" /><br /><p>E! presents HOLLYWOOD GOES COUNTRY showcasing the rise of a new mainstream generation of Country stars and the fans who have grown to love them. In this 30-minute special, host, Grammy award winner, and country legend in her own right, LeAnn Rimes gives viewers the inside scoop on the country music industry. Get a personal look inside the private lives of countrys power couples and see what some of the hottest stars did before they made it big. Plus, hang out with E!s favorite country musicians and get a tour of some of their favoriteNashville hot spots and a peek into one bands pimped out tour bus! The special also takes a closer look at countrys hottest men and the evolution of country musics signature style. See all of this and so much more when "Hollywood Goes Country" premieres tonight, June 4th, 2013 at 8:00pm ET/PT only on E!<br /> <br /> From TV to radio to RAP concerts, country music is ruling the airwaves and fans are loving every minute of it. Find out why hip hop stars likeLL Cool J, Nelly, and Ludacris are doing country collaborations, and which other mainstream stars are also crossing over to country. Plus, get the inside scoop on how country music power couples like Tim & Faith and Blake & Miranda make their high profile marriages work, and find out who is countrys most eligible bachelorette!<br /> <br /> E! cameras have been following country music stars like Garth Brooks, Tim McGRaw, Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks, and Kenny Chesney since the beginning of their careers and this special features exclusive footage of their lives at work and at home over the years! Sugarlands Kristian Bush gives fans a sneak peek of his home-away-from-home when hes on tour: the ultimate tour bus that is fondly referred to as the "man bus."<br /> <br /> "Hollywood Goes Country" also introduces viewers to one of Nashvilles newest sensations, Thompson Square. Check out where they got their start as the husband and wife duo takes E! to the exact street where they used to perform for tips. And take a walk through Nashvilles famous honky tonk bar, Tootsies. Kellie Pickler fills viewers in on all of the country legends that started their careers at Tootsies, one of the most prime locations for country music performances with the deepest roots in the industry.<br /> <br /> Step into your favorite pair of cowboy boots and dont miss "Hollywood Goes Country" hosted by LeAnn Rimes tonight, June 4th, 2013 at 8:00pm ET/PT only on E!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:28:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154893Exclusive "Spitfire" Photos!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/14/01/images/assets/medium.2U0t_tNKQUn3cF6K9REOS-ie_IzLRi5rqlIl7hHr0HM.jpg" /><br /><p>Spitfire Social Club Members!</p> <p>Check out a brand new <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/media/photos/41121">members only photo gallery</a> that just got posted for some exclusive "Spitfire" photos.</p> <p>Not a member yet? <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/store/product/spitfire-social-club-digital-membership">Join today</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:06:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154763LeAnn Rimes Is Ready for Kids of Her Own<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/00/images/assets/medium.vgKL8crf06t7NrWd6AActUjk8wyRm2ql0sACCCmORUk.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes has gone through so much in the past few years, especially after her very public affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian. However, the singer has sought help in rebuilding her life, and shes ready for the next step kids of her own.<br /> <br /> Rimes already has two step-children, Mason (9), and Jake (6), who live with the couple part-time. However, the 30-year-old singer is definitely open to expanding her young family, as she confessed to People. We have a lot on our plates, says the singer, adding, But whenever I talk about kids, Im like, s have one! I have a lot of work to do now but Im totally ready if it happens.<br /> <br /> Rimes, whose new album will hit stores June 4, is realistic about the future. It took my mom 12 years to have me. I hope I dont have that [issue] but if I do, then a surrogate is something Ive thought about, she says. Eddie and I have also talked about adopting. My capacity to love a child doesnt stop at my own eggs, obviously!<br /> <br /> Her openness to kids and the future is a breath of fresh air in Rimes life, as she was feeling pretty bleak for a while. I felt like my life was falling apart, she reveals. But now I feel settled. Im proud of our great family. Eddie is an amazing father and I love my stepsons.</p> <p>Check out the original article at <a href="http://tasteofcountry.com/leann-rimes-kids/">tasteofcountry.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:39:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154741LeAnn Rimes Puts it all Together on Aptly Named New Album ‘Spitfire’<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/07/images/assets/medium.0jE813u3D-QBML7SRCnL6hems9NSNQGpQxp4lvJO-Ik.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes has appeared in tabloid headlines more often than the record charts the last few years. But dont fault her music: Her last three albums have featured the best work of her career and the new tops them all.<br /> <br /> The onetime child star always had a powerful voice. She often picked good material, too. But it never gelled into a consistent creative direction.<br /> <br /> finds Rimes emerging as a mature artist whose songwriting ability is catching up with her vocal talent. Ballads like What Have I Done and convey deeply felt, difficult emotions. She also has developed into an effective pop-rocker: On Gasoline and Matches, she bites into a raw, bluesy groove, while the exposed nerves of the modern rocker ve Ruined Me burn with the fire of truth.<br /> <br /> Rimes displays a newfound subtlety in her strong voice on several songs. She effectively uses phrasing and shifts in tone to express complex feelings that sound like they come from real experience.<br /> <br /> Its too soon to say Rimes has finally found a direction that can carry her back to the top of the charts. But does show shes found her adult voice as a songwriter as well as a singer.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article via Associated Press <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/music-review-leann-rimes-puts-it-all-together-on-aptly-named-new-album-spitfire/2013/06/03/1d8ac2ea-cc63-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:32:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154731'Spitfire': Video Q&A<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/08/01/images/assets/medium.uV-VvWHmRLC9ucyhH_nMP9S9_VGFlDmdZ42LO-EoE-A.png" /><br /><p>"I feel like Ive had a piece of tape over my mouth for a while," singer says of new album, her final release on Curb Records.<br /> <br /> This week marks a watershed moment in the career of LeAnn Rimes, who brings to close her 17-year relationship with Curb Records with the release of new album "Spitfire."<br /> <br /> Though one could accuse the singer of ending "phase one" of her recording career with a whimper -- the album was released in the UK in April, peaking at No. 3 on the country album chart -- the results are very much the opposite.</p> <p>As Rimes points out, she had a hand in writing nine of the albums songs. "I feel like Ive had a piece of tape over my mouth for a while, so to rip it off and let it go" Whether it be the sexually charged rock-and-roller "Gasoline And Matches" or the emotional urgency of a track like "Borrowed," Rimes is in fine form throughout the collection -- which includes appearances from Jeff Beck, Rob Thomas, Alison Krauss, and Dan Tyminski.<br /> <br /> In this exclusive Billboard video interview, Rimes sat down with The 615s Chuck Dauphin to discuss the new album, living in the public eye, and whats next for her recording-wise.<br /> <br /> "I have plenty of songs left to write," she said. "I have tons of ideas musically that I want to do. So as soon as I find the right partner, the right place to go, I have plenty of ideas."</p> <p>Check out the original article, including video at <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1565625/leann-rimes-lets-it-rip-on-spitfire-615-video-qa">billboard.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:25:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154721LeAnn Rimes: ‘People Think That I Serve Coffee in a Bikini’<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/14/images/assets/medium.eCSr0Iw-Dg9y4Z4TrIz9oweAXohcs7v8-Gyq5VmUkZ4.jpg" /><br /><p>If a comedy about the life of LeAnn Rimes ends up on the air, expect a bikini to play a prominent part.<br /> <br /> The "How Do I Live" singer, who recently revealed that she and hubby Eddie Cibrian are developing a scripted comedy for TV, tells omg! that the project will poke fun at the way the two are perceived. And for Rimes, that means a woman who shows off her beach body - even when shes far from the beach.<br /> <br /> "I mean, people think that I serve coffee in a bikini!" Rimes says with a laugh. "I might as well serve it in it, just for the hell of it! To me its hysterical that people think I walk around in a bikini 24/7."<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old even posted a pic of herself clad in a barely-there bathing suit when she took over omg!s Instagram account this week. (To be fair, Rimes has put photos of herself in beachwear online.)<br /> <br /> But a lot of other claims have little basis, Rimes says, and she doesnt have any reservations about putting a fictionalized version of her life on TV.<br /> <br /> "People are writing such [personal] stories about me, which are completely not true," she insists. "All of my private life theyre making into something thats not even a part of my life So to write an album like I did or to put things out that are positive about my life, it doesnt seem like theres a risk involved. If my private life was actually private, maybe there would be a bigger risk in that. But when you talk about doing a scripted show, its really taking everything that everyone thinks they know about us and actually poking fun at it, and having fun with the things that people have written."<br /> <br /> Rimes and Cibrian, whom she married in April 2011, have learned to take the reports lightly. "Its been quite annoying the things that people have written for a while, and now weve started to laugh at it, explains Rimes, whose latest album comes out on Tuesday. This way, we can actually show that we have fun with this stuff, because its hysterical and outlandish. It gives us a chance to poke fun at ourselves, which we do all the time and no one sees."<br /> <br /> Besides, the singer says she doesnt really allow the negative comments to bring her down anymore. She doesnt even see most of them, even though she uses social media multiple times a day.<br /> <br /> "A few negative comments will come in a day, but a lot of the same people make comments over and over again and the block button gets pressed, because I choose not to see it," Rimes shares.<br /> <br /> "I enjoy being on [social media] with my fans. And it can be a very positive thing as long as you keep it that way. I bite my tongue a lot and sometimes Ill even write things that are racy," she admits. "Ive really learned not to let it get to me, and to have a tough skin with it."<br /> <br /> Skin that shes quite comfortable showing.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:16:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154691Countdown to Spitfire<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/08/09/images/assets/medium.PxOfU0tkT_7iaT6YllT8_l8KC52WrT4rPznIwVAWe68.jpg" /><br /><p>Tonight! Make sure to visit iTunes and grab the new album from LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire. You can pre-order it at iTunes <a href="http://bit.ly/LeAnnSPITFIRE">here</a>, and you can also pick up a physical copy at Walmart starting tomorrow!</p> <p>Send in photos of you buying the album to LeAnns <a href="http://www.facebook.com/leannrimesmusic">facebook</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/leannrimes">twitter</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:52:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154641Country Weekly Review: Spitfire<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/13/03/images/assets/medium.74s9WiUaJaZCRDbbBRsRBprhi9cngNAXfMhKrJHhdWA.jpg" /><br /><p>Try, if you can, to let go of your personal convictions about LeAnn Rimes affair with and marriage to Eddie Cibrian.<br /> <br /> Shes probably turned to Twitter once too often through the saga, but whatever. Shes human and prone to making mistakes, just like me and you.<br /> <br /> Unlike most of us, shes also a damn good countrysinger. On her new album, Spitfire, LeAnn attempts to wade through some of whats happened in her life over the last three yearsthe highs and lows and the stuff in between. With that in mind, Spitfire is not all pretty or comfortable.<br /> <br /> The cathartic title track opens the album with a swampy groove and lets LeAnn exorcise some of her demons against the Internets trash talkers. But she immediately follows that with What Have I Done, a sorrowful songshe co-wrote not long after meeting Eddie, which should tell you where her head was at the time.<br /> <br /> She earns cool points for including a raucous cover of Buddy and Julie Millers Gasoline & Matches featuring Rob Thomas and guitarist Jeff Beck.<br /> <br /> And Darrell Browns production throughout strips off the sheen and gives the whole thing a nice earthy quality.<br /> <br /> Then theres ultra-personal songs like and ve Ruined Me that speak very directly to her relationship with Eddie. Theyll make plenty of folks squirm and give ammo to her detractors, but you have to give her credit for being honest.</p> <p>Read the original review by Jon Freeman for <a href="http://www.countryweekly.com/reviews/spitfire-leann-rimes">countryweekly.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:18:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154541"Spitfire" Pre-Order Info<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/13/images/assets/medium.iOeOEj_duI8V2K6_m85W7t5LK0ADaSw_3vH1Ekx82WI.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes "Spitfire" will be available at Walmarts nationwide on June 4th.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/LeAnnSPITFIRE">Pre-Order Spitfire now at iTunes</a> and get a new song instantly + check out the catalog sale!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 31 May 2013 17:38:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154411Writing the Blues Into Country<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/09/09/images/assets/medium.0H1VnA46SU8y4SH4I6kYUnEwqj2qktLFr_Oc5ffsnzM.jpg" /><br /><p>NASHVILLE My life is one very large country song, said LeAnn Rimes. What Ive lived in the last four years is country music at its finest.<br /> <br /> She was referring to the time she has spent as a staple in the tabloids, attacked from many quarters for not only leaving her husband, but for also breaking up another celebrity marriage. Ms. Rimes, though, has never had what you would call an ordinary life.<br /> <br /> In 1997, at 14, she won a Grammy Award, and was the first country act to win the best new artist category. Since then she has sold more than 20 million records in the United States, with eight albums in the country Top 10 and a No. 2 pop hit with How Do I Live.<br /> <br /> Even her early career, though, was fraught with controversy. In 2000, Ms. Rimes filed multiple lawsuits concerning her income and her contracts, first against her father and her former manager and then against her record company (all were eventually resolved). Yet that strife scarcely prepared her for the chaos of the last few years.<br /> <br /> In 2009, Ms. Rimes began an affair with the actor Eddie Cibrian when they starred in a made-for-TV film, Northern Lights. She divorced her husband, Dean Sheremet, who had been one of her backup dancers; Mr. Cibrians wife, Brandi Glanville of the reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, kicked him out of their house, and in 2011, he and Ms. Rimes married.<br /> <br /> Ms. Glanville wrote a best-selling memoir in which she referred to Ms. Rimes as Mr. Cibrians sugar mama, and then called Ms. Rimes on national television. TMZ and Us Weekly obsessively covered the singers outfits and haircuts. During this period, paparazzi shots of Ms. Rimes in a bikini on Californias beaches, looking dangerously thin, were plastered all over the celebrity magazines and gossip Web sites. Last August, she checked into a clinic seeking treatment for anxiety and stress.<br /> <br /> This week, however, Ms. Rimes responds to the turmoil with a new album, (Curb Records), that represents the boldest steps in both music and lyrics of her career. The sound of the record is mostly acoustic-based and stripped-down, rootsy and soulful. The up-tempo songs have a rockabilly slap, while the ballads are spare and intimate, the better to feature her still-powerful voice.<br /> <br /> Its the words, though, that will surely draw the most attention: The album, subtitled The Truth . . . in No Particular Order, uses the grand tradition of old-school country music to document the joyous and messy complexities of a relationship. On A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind, Ms. Rimes sings, I threw him out like he was trash one night/The dumbest thing Ive ever done and I keep me warm with the bridges I burn. On Just a Girl Like You, she offers: He may break my heart, too/But thats a chance I gotta take/Just like you did.<br /> <br /> During an interview last month in a nondescript conference room in an office park here on Music Row, Ms. Rimes said: Someone said to me yesterday that this album is like taking a knife and stabbing myself in public. And its true Im letting everyone watch while I rip my guts out. There was not an ounce of me left to put on this record. It was the most fearless Ive ever been, in anything that Ive ever done.<br /> <br /> After people have written my life for me for the last four and a half years and it doesnt matter whether its true or not, its what sells the most magazines that week this was the first time I could dig into my emotions and write from this perspective, and not have to apologize for being human. A lot of people dont see me as that, and havent for a long time.<br /> <br /> Its unclear, though, how will be received by country music fans. Having left Nashville for Los Angeles, become fodder for the scandal sheets and recorded an album that doesnt sound like the glossy hits on country radio, Ms. Rimes is far from a sure thing commercially.<br /> <br /> In a recent column on Country Music Televisions Web site, Chet Flippo wrote that her new album has an immediacy and a force that I havent heard from her in years, but concluded skeptically, ll be curious to see how does.<br /> <br /> Headline Country on the Great American Country cable network, concurs in that assessment. In an e-mail, he wrote that it was the best and most honest music weve ever heard from her.<br /> <br /> What we have heard about and from LeAnn for the past half-decade or so has had nothing to do with music, he added. Music should always come first. Thats not just radios responsibility, but LeAnns as well.<br /> <br /> The singer-songwriter David Baerwald, who helped write three songs on the album, said in an e-mail, It really pains me to think that this amazing talent she has could be obscured by all the media nonsense.<br /> <br /> On a rainy May afternoon, Ms. Rimes, 30, was back in Nashville, where she had lived for seven years, to make the rounds, including an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. On her way to a local Walmart to have some promotional photos taken (the chain is the exclusive distributor for the CD, which will be released on Tuesday), she was in good humor, dressed in a red sweatshirt with the words Fun Fun, leather leggings and puffy high-top sneakers, giggling as she recited lines from the trailer for The Bling Ring.<br /> <br /> Inside the store, she displayed no sense of being gun-shy despite years of being tailed by photographers. A social media junkie, she mugged for Instagram and Vine posts with a bin of neon bikini separates and with boxes of Cheez-Its, and posed cheerfully with the families who recognized her.<br /> <br /> Knocking out back-to-back television and Web interviews, Ms. Rimes repeatedly brought up her personal life before the interviewer even asked. To all appearances, shes comfortable re-entering the spotlight, since this time its on her own terms.<br /> <br /> s not scary to put this record out, she said, because people have twisted lies for so long. At least they have the truth to twist now. It feels very freeing because Ive been so quiet and bit my tongue so many times, and it came out through my music, which felt like the appropriate way.<br /> <br /> Ms. Rimes said that the song pointed the way for the rest of Its an open, wrenching confession of falling in love with a married man.<br /> <br /> I know youre not mine, only borrowed, cause you already belong to her, she sings, But Im starting to believe it aint the whole truth.<br /> <br /> I carried that song around for eight or nine months, she said. I was kind of afraid and ashamed of writing it. There were a lot of things in there that I admitted to myself for the first time, and Id never really written a song like that that was so honest. There was no hiding no question who or what it was about.<br /> <br /> Darrell Brown, Ms. Rimess co-producer and songwriting partner, maintains that they were always clear about the intent of this project. We looked at the songs as if it were a shooting script for a film, he said in an e-mail. We knew the story we wanted to tell her emotional and spiritual journey of the last few years, and where it led her as a woman.<br /> <br /> LeAnn isnt one to shy away from anything thats honest. I believe theres no turning back for her now. That beautifully brave place she has always sung from is now the place she writes from.<br /> <br /> Ms. Rimes said she made an important discovery on her last album, Lady & Gentlemen, from 2010, on which she tackled songs by great male country artists. (The album was well-received by critics, but was the lowest-charting release of her career.)<br /> <br /> I was really inspired by the fact that all these men wrote about everything they were living at the time, she said, and that made me think, Well, why the hell cant I do that? There seems to be a double standard when its a woman going through what Ive gone through and writing about it, but I was willing to take that chance. I just took a cue from Waylon and Willie, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard.<br /> <br /> She added that although she started singing about mature issues when she was still a child, only now is she truly growing into the subject matter of classic county songwriting. I grew up singing all these adult lyrics that I didnt quite understand, but then I experienced them and now they come from a completely different place, she said. Its a point made in the song I Do Now:<br /> <br /> I didnt know what those cheating songs meant<br /> <br /> Back when my friends and I were singing em out loud<br /> <br /> Yeah, I didnt know what they meant back then<br /> <br /> But I do now.<br /> <br /> She attributes much of her anger and struggle to having been a child star, but said that especially now that she has Mr. Cibrians two sons to look after shes finally able to put that chapter behind her.<br /> <br /> m pretty amazed that Im still alive, that I havent fallen down the child-star path, she said. Not until the last couple of years have I decided that Im going to go figure myself out for a second, because this has been a pretty messed-up way to grow up.<br /> <br /> As a parent now, I want these kids to be kids as long as they can, she went on. I really enjoy my stepsons. I go out on the trampoline and jump around with them, and its awesome! They give me an excuse to have a childhood that I never got to have.<br /> <br /> Ms. Rimes said that the tabloid coverage that overshadowed her music, rather than being a distraction, became her motivation for the new album. I almost want to write all those people letters and say, Thank you so much for writing this record for me, she said. Because every time they had something crazy to say, I had an answer to it as a song.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article by Alan Light on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/arts/music/spitfire-by-leann-rimes.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1">nytimes.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 31 May 2013 10:53:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154261Pre-Order "Spitfire" Today!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/04/images/assets/medium.LgSzRdZM9Hs8F0xPbh-Pbk8wFDQm9z56iYX9x3RI4bY.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes will be making the rounds to promote her new album "Spitfire" over the next few weeks. Check out her full schedule below:</p> <ul> <li>Omg! Insider - Monday, June 3rd, Tues June 4th Sat June 8th</li> <li>The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, June 4th at 11:35pm on NBC</li> <li>Chelsea Lately Wednesday, June 5th at 11pm on E!</li> <li>Huffington Post Live Friday, June 7th</li> <li>Good Morning America Monday, June 10th at 8:30am on ABC</li> <li>The View - Tuesday, June 11th at 11am on ABC</li> <li>The Wendy Williams Show - Wednesday, June 12th</li> <li>The Talk - Monday, July 15th at 11am on CBS</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/LeAnnSPITFIRE">Pre-Order Spitfire now at iTunes</a> and get a new song instantly + check out the catalog sale!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 30 May 2013 17:26:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/154121LeAnn Rimes on omg! Insider<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/13/04/images/assets/medium.YUCYEfW66v4VL_NTieJU-a8AXsSfJis_7iZFU5IkYhM.jpeg" /><br /><p>Make sure you tune in to catch LeAnn Rimes on omg! Insider next week. Check out the air times/dates of The LeAnn Rimes Spitfire Playlistbelow:</p> <p>Monday, June 3rd at 7:30pm PDT on KCBS<br /> <br /> Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:30pm PDT on KCBS<br /> <br /> Saturday, June 8th at 6:30pm PDT on KCBS<br /> </p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 30 May 2013 09:02:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/153961GAC Album Review: LeAnn Rimes’ Spitfire<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/13/images/assets/medium.7yIhRZT-kgmRSLFmJVU-n_dPntTTQUK_t3scNFEirGg.jpg" /><br /><p>After several years of intense scrutiny for highly publicized personal matters, LeAnn Rimes opens up in impressive fashion on her revealing new album, Spitfire. Due in stores June 4, Spitfire is easily the 30-year-old singer/songwriters most personal project to date as she directly addresses the firestorm of emotions surrounding her affair, divorce from first husband Dean Sheremet and subsequent marriage to Eddie Cibrian.<br /> <br /> Albums with the emotional punch of Spitfire dont come around often, and its hard to understate the level of vulnerability on display through the projects 13 songs. LeAnn co-wrote eight of these, and when paired with producer / arranger Darrell Browns (Radney Foster, Neil Young) unpolished and open production, the set not only touches raw nerves, but it grabs them and yanks down hard.<br /> <br /> In retrospect, LeAnns 2011 cover album Lady & Gentlemen her first after tabloids lit up in 2009 with news of her affair now feels like a breather as she was collecting her thoughts. From the nasty acoustic lick that opens up the impassioned lead song, the title-track its clear LeAnn has something to say. In fact, the very first line of the record is, If I were to untie my tongue, I could use it like a whip. Though theres anger here, Spitfire itself is not an angry record its a soul searching one.<br /> <br /> The sad, expansive, What Have I Done, featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station member Dan Tyminski, is pained with the knowledge of the hurt shes caused. The yearning, and tempo-driven, I Do Now, are both taken from an adulterers point of view. In the latter, shes drowning lonely sorrows with a new appreciation for Hank Sr. and Merle Haggards lovesick blues. I thought I found a new love at the bottom of a glass, she sings after her actions caused her husband to leave. And with a fluttering melody on Just A Girl Like You, LeAnn delivers one of the albums most dynamic vocal performances with a message that she feels and experiences the same things as anyone else. Its incredibly humanizing and makes songs like the traditional-leaning A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind all the more powerful, stinging with real regret while -time acoustic chords support a fragile voice.<br /> <br /> The breezy which is actually not about alcohol, and the snappy ve Ruined Me, featuring a nice little 8th-note bass line, are about as close as Spitfire comes to pop influenced country. More often, the project extends well into Americana territory where LeAnns bluesy inflections feel right at home. The Buddy Miller/Julie Miller-penned, Gasoline and Matches, featuring Rob Thomas of rock band Matchbox 20 and guitarist Jeff Beck, burns with passion through a retro-leaning backbeat. The wide open God Takes Care Of Your Kind (interestingly co-written with the object of so much of Spitfire, LeAnns ex-husband Dean Sheremet) combines roots rock and country harmonies with a flowing pedal steel solo.<br /> <br /> For all the complex emotions that LeAnn sifts through on Spitfire, theres a sense that understanding what it all means remains a work in progress. With a haunted voice on Where I Stood, she admits, I thought love was black and white / and it was wrong or it was right, but notes things might not be that simple. The silver lining, though, as heard in the poetic, Who We Really Are, is that the storm of emotions known as love can teach someone a lot about themselves. And on Spitfire, LeAnn delivers a fascinating look at her own hard lessons with one of the years most honest and revealing releases.<br /> <br /> Key Tracks What Have I Done, Just A Girl Like You, Where I Stood, Gasoline and Matches</p> <p>Check out the original album review for gactv.com <a href="http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2013/05/28/gac-album-review-leann-rimes-spitfire/">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 28 May 2013 15:26:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/153531Go Away With... LeAnn Rimes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/04/images/assets/medium.-U8xz282qXuUPtG9mcDPJqLnVMRp06eYhoHpR6eZI0U.jpeg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes will be the first one to tell you that she likes to be in control of just about every aspect of her life, including travel. "Im very hands on when it comes to planning trips," the 30-year-old singer says, laughing. "I really would love to go on a safari. Thats the next thing I want to do, and Ive been planning it for a couple years now. Im looking forward to going away with my husband (actor Eddie Cibrian)." But first, Rimes will tour to promote her new CD "Spitfire." Fans may follow her on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leannrimes">@leannrimes</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?</strong><br /> <br /> A. Thats hard to answer, because I have been everywhere. I love Cabo San Lucas and Eddie and I are down there all the time. Its a quick flight for us. I travel so much for work, so flying a long distance isnt something I want to do on my off time.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. Has the novelty of touring worn off for you?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I actually love touring, because I get to see so many different places. I love Ireland. Dublin is wonderful. Belfast is pretty and has amazing food. Im a big food person and tend to judge a place by how good its food is. I like to try what the locals eat.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What is your favorite restaurant?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I would have to say the French Laundry (in Yountville in Napa County, Calif.). Its amazing. The food is insanely good.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. Were you surprised at how much you liked a particular destination?</strong><br /> <br /> A. Actually, yes! My husband filmed a movie in Toronto and I lived there for four weeks. That was amazing and fun. The people are awesome and the food is spectacular. I perform there fairly often, but I didnt know a lot about Toronto before I spent all that time there. It was so clean and I loved being able to just walk about. I think Canadians are fun, sweet people. We would be walking around in sweats and people would be yelling from their cars, "We love you guys!" Im looking forward to going back.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?</strong><br /> <br /> A. My first plane trip was to New York when I auditioned for "Annie" on Broadway. I was six years old. I loved it! My godmother, who had traveled everywhere, was the one to take me, so my parents knew I was in good hands.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. Are you a sensible packer?</strong><br /> <br /> A. No. I dont pack lightly! I have a whole suitcase for shoes. I definitely have some packing issues. Right now, Im looking at my floor full of clothes. I like to make sure I have my options. When were going on vacation to some place tropical where Ill be in a bikini the whole time, I take less clothes. But I still pack a lot.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I bring a lot of candles. Thats my big thing. I also bring a Magic Bullet Blender, so that I can have healthy food and shakes whenever I want.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. Where is the most romantic destination?</strong><br /> <br /> A. We really love Tahiti. That was amazing. We took a trip a few years ago and stayed in the huts over the water. It was just gorgeous.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What are your favorite cities?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I really love Toronto and Chicago, especially in the summer. Theres so much great music. I got to know both these cities pretty well, because my husband was shooting things in both cities. Ive always loved New York. The energy is just great, and there are so many places to go hear live music.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What is your guilty pleasure when youre on the road?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I probably eat a little less healthy on the road. Its the one time I allow myself to have real fast food without feeling guilty about it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q. What is your worst vacation memory?</strong><br /> <br /> A. I was in Miami on vacation and I got severe food poisoning. That stands out in my mind for sure!<br /> <br /> Check out the original interview By Jae-Ha Kim for the Chicago Tribune <a href="http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76080007/">here</a>.<br /> </p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 28 May 2013 08:55:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/153351LeAnn Rimes Takes a Turn - New Album Spitfire Clears the Decks on Her Past<p>From Nashville Skyline:</p> <p>I first encountered LeAnn Rimes one day in the mid-1990s as one of my first visitors in my new job as Billboards Nashville bureau chief.</p> <p>Billboard then still had an actual physical headquarters in Nashville, on Music Square West (aka 17th Avenue South). They were fairly nice offices overlooking Rebas regal office building across the intersection, which I think still had a helipad on the roof until all the recording studio owners in the neighborhood complained about the excessive noise and vibrations.<br /> <br /> After office hours on pleasant summer Friday afternoons we would often crank up some nice music, get out the blender to whiz up pitchers of margaritas and play Twister in the office. Until, that is, the Billboard Puritan police heard that some people might be actually having fun in the Nashville office and ordered the refrigerator, blender and boombox to be locked up in the office storage space for banned items. Along with the dreaded Twister board.<br /> <br /> Anyhow, into this atmosphere one day walked a 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes, with her talkative, somewhat aggressive manager-father Wilbur Rimes leading the way. Wilbur and LeAnn immediately reminded me very much of the teenaged Tanya Tucker and her talkative, somewhat aggressive manager-father Beau Tucker, whom I had met in similar circumstances years before. Then, I had been convincingly impressed enough by Tanyas performances and vocal chops to the extent that I went on a summer Midwest bus tour of fairs with her and the Tucker clan and got my Tanya tour story and profile on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.<br /> <br /> But it was tougher these days to get a slightly chubby, big-voiced teen prodigy any major publicity. Wilbur talked a good story -- major shows and local press all around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. LeAnn was modest and charming. They left me some music and clippings and headed out on the next stop of their Nashville door-knocking tour.<br /> <br /> LeAnns rendition of I discovered when I played it that night at home, was exciting and captivating. She was virtually channeling the very spirit of Patsy Cline in this big ballad that an old hero of mine, Fort Worths WBAP disc jockey Bill Mack had written supposedly for Patsy before her early demise prevented her from recording it.<br /> <br /> LeAnns version was terrific. But it arrived in the wrong era. Mainstream country radio didnt want Patsy Cline anymore. It wanted Shania Twain and Faith Hill. LeAnns single of made it to No. 10 in Billboard in 1996, although the album Bluemade it to No. 1. And it was enough to get her a foothold in Nashville.<br /> <br /> Oddly, to this day, Rimes only No. 1 country single is One Way Ticket (Because I Can), also from 1996.<br /> <br /> The following year, both Rimes and Trisha Yearwood recorded dueling versions of the anthem How Do I Live from the movie Con Air. Yearwood got a Grammy and a No. 2 country hit with her version. Rimes went to No. 43 on the country chart.<br /> <br /> But it was a pop hit for Rimes. Subsequent recordings found her focusing more on pop music.<br /> <br /> Years of tabloid press coverage of romantic entanglements and strife and lawsuits and endless bikini photos of her on the beach followed, and you just started to wonder what had happened to LeAnn Rimes, the great singer.<br /> <br /> Well, it looks like she may be back. Her new album Spitfire has an immediacy and a force that I havent heard from her in years. She turned to producer-songwriter Darrell Brown for guidance on the album.<br /> <br /> Such thoughtful songs as A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind, ve Ruined Me and What Have I Done suggest a new more mature, inward-looking turn for Rimes.<br /> <br /> Guest artists on the album include Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Rob Thomas. Ill be curious to see howSpitfire does.</p> <p>NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/<a href="http://CMT.com">CMT.com</a> Editorial Director Chet Flippo</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 15 May 2013 15:46:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/150691Two Recent Interviews<p>Check out these two recent interviews with LeAnn Rimes where she talks about the beginning of her music career all the way up to the release of her latest album Spitfire.</p> <p><a href="http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/videos/mornings/?uuid=3dafa1d3-fe33-4971-91aa-75298b837fb6">Channel 9 Mornings</a></p> <p><a href="http://today.ninemsn.com.au/videoindex.aspx?uuid=5d294f19-03ea-44c5-9dd8-902461d55bc0">The Today Show</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 10 May 2013 15:03:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/150111Reality Bites: The Making of LeAnn Rimes' 'Spitfire'<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/01/images/assets/medium.z62xGfO8U94C0ZcGGw3gWyIWNtQbf8DmPOfTpnnaV10.jpg" /><br /><p>During the past few years, LeAnn Rimes private life has become tabloid fodder, the result of the publics insatiable appetite for titillation. Being the constant subject of gossip, rumor and innuendo was understandably horrific for Rimes. So, in a sustained act of self-therapy, the 31-year-old artist, whos been making records since the age of 13, set about working through the intense emotions she was feeling in the songs she was writing, while also seizing on a handful of outside songsnotably including Missy Higgins powerful Where I Stoodthat perfectly expressed her tormented state of mind.<br /> <br /> Songwriter/producer/arranger Darrell Brown, who has been Rimes writing partner and friend for more than a decade, was a willing facilitator in this outpouring, serving at once as co-writer, exorcist, cheerleader and shoulder to cry on. He was acutely aware of Rimes need to fearlessly let it all hang out. is about an affair, and how pathetic she felt finding herself in the middle of something, Brown says of one of the albums cornerstones. She didnt know she could be that honest. Dan Wilson, who co-wrote and I Do Now with them in a two-day session, describes the results of their collaboration as very revealing, exposed and raw.<br /> <br /> A lot of crappy things made for some great songsthank God I have that outlet, says Rimes. But I hadnt used it to its fullest before. Everything that was true was out there, and those things that werent true people believed anyway. So I felt like I had nothing to hide anymore. A humanity started coming out through the writinga lot of tears were shed. And the songs I didnt write I felt were incredible; I couldnt write them any better.<br /> <br /> When the songs had all been written and selected, Rimes and Brown faced the challenge of how to bring this thematically taut material to life in the studio. The recording approach they chose hewed just as closely to keeping it real as did the songs theyd be cutting. I wanted to be authentic and honest on this record, says Rimes.<br /> <br /> Says associate producer and engineer Niko Bolas, whos been working with Brown for nearly 30 years: Most of what I do is based on the way I was brought up, which was making Ronstadt and Henley records back in the day, when everybody went for performance around the vocal. LeAnn has been through a tumultuous couple of years, and she collected a group of songs that lyrically carries everyone who wants to know the truth from beginning to end, how it tore her up and how she found peace and resolve. So the idea was to deliver her believing the words. If you can get somebody who can sing like LeAnn can sing believing what shes singing, then whatever emotion shes feeling, you get it. And thats what Darrell wanted to get.<br /> <br />  Brown puts their shared intent more succinctly: s like the old dayss freaking capture it.<br /> <br /> Because Im a songwriter first, Im primarily song-driven as a producer, Brown continues. I want to know what the narrative is and what the singers singing, and then I start casting accordingly from that. For this project, he says, I thought about what characters would be interesting to put into the room to challenge her. He also wanted the range of players to represent the various aspects of Rimes sensibilitythe Texas and Appalachian strains in her voice, the R&B/soul/blues thing she got from being born in Mississippi and raised in Texas. So we got Steve Jordan [drums] and Willie Weeks [bass] to play on the bottom end, and then Dan Tyminski [mandolin, acoustic guitar], Paul Franklin [pedal steel], Waddy Wachtel and Dean Parks [acoustic guitars] on top, with everybody playing off each other.<br /> <br /> The rest of Browns A-team consisted of engineers Bolas and Steve Genewick, whod be on the other side of the glass while Brown conducted, danced and kept the players psyched up in the tracking room. Al Schmitt and Vance Powell would do the mixing.<br /> <br /> They tracked the album in Capitol Studio A. We set up the room so that people didnt really have to wear headphones, especially LeAnn, Bolas explains. She stood in the middle of this bed of music and just held the microphone and sang. That was one of her dreamss always wanted to make a record where shes singing for people. Traditionally, recording a vocalist is a very isolated affair. They put on headphones, they go into this world of echo that no one ever hears, theyre in a small box that gets a little stuffy, theyve got this big, expensive microphone hanging in front of them, nothing to do with their hands, glass and a wall between them and the musicians, and the intimacy is fabricated. Most great singers can do that. But if youre standing in front of drums, youre singing with different phrasing than if youre listening to drums on headphones. Theres just no way around it.<br /> <br /> So, with LeAnn, we wanted her in front of people, Bolas continues. The genius of what Darrell was doing was to break down all the isolation so that she had to bring the lyric, just like these guys were bringing the musicianship. And he did it. There were vocals where she wound up in tears over the mic and we couldnt do another take because she had to go fix her makeup.<br /> <br /> I always wanted to hold the microphone in the studio, because I cant stand being confined in an iso booth and singing with this piece of pantyhose material in my faceit drives me absolutely nuts, Rimes laughs. It feels so confining, because I cant put my body into it. So that was the first thing I asked Darrell and Niko when I got in the studio, and Niko was like, Yeah, sure, why not? What I love about Niko is, if he can make it happen, hes going to. So I ended up holding the microphone the whole time; I was lying on the floor half the time, dancing around, wherever I felt comfortable, whatever I wanted to do. It was great to have that open space, to be able to see everyones faces and for them to read my body language, to see where Im going.<br /> <br /> Rimes has a history of blowing out microphones, and these sessions were no different. LeAnn moves so much air when shes on the mic and shes not wearing headphones, Bolas marvels. s not working the mic, shes just singing her lungs out, and diaphragms start flapping. The solution came from Schmitt, who suggested she go with a Neumann 104, the same mic Diana Krall uses in live performance. They tracked the album in six days, and on the seventh day they recut 10 of the tracks, Rimes and the studio band sharing the tracking room of Capitol A with about 50 invited guests who were asked to be completely silent, forming what Brown describes as a human heartbeat orchestra. Three or four of these takes made the album, including the no-brainer single candidate Gasoline and Matches, written by Buddy and Julie Miller, which Rimes heard as a surefire rocker that also furthered the albums thematic thrust. Bolas and Brown then added a pair of crucial overdubs: a vocal by Matchbox Twentys Rob Thomas and a solo by Jeff Beckone of just two electric guitar parts on the album, which Rimes calls the best solo ever. Transmitted via Skype, it was the first thing Beck recorded in his new London home studio.<br /> <br />  The way I interpret my job is you shouldnt know I was there, Bolas explains. So in playback, you should be able to frame, out of the left and right, what happened on the important side of the glass. Data is cheap, so you record at the highest sample rate you can effectively affordif you have a big rig and you can run 192, do itget the mics set up, and get out of the way. Just always be in record, so that when everyone forgets theyre in a studio and follows LeAnn as she dumps her guts, youve got something that will always measurebecause its real. And when its done, all the sounds that LeAnn, Darrell, Jordan, Waddy and all those guys were hearing out on the floor play back sounding like what they were hearing. In other words, if youre standing in front of the guitar, thats the sound you want coming out of the speaker. You dont want some fabricated interpretation of that sound, you want that guitar with that touch, with that feel; all the accents and dynamics are in the hands of the musicians.<br /> <br /> When it came to the mix, Brown and Bolas turned to Schmitt and Powell, who split up the tracks, working separately. Al and Vance immediately got what this record was supposed to be, says Brown. They were gonna keep it full-bodied and make it shine as organically as possible.<br /> <br />  The recording was nice and clear, it had a lot of depth, says Schmitt. But thats Niko. Lets face it, people will buy this record because of the vocal performance and where it sits in the record, so you dont want to bury it. If you listen to any of my records, the vocals are always right in your face. On this record, I was able to use the live chamber at Capitol, No. 4, which is my favorite of all the live chambers. I set that on her voice, and it lifted it right up. LeAnn blew me away; she really is an amazing singer. And most of the songs are great.<br /> <br /> Brown and Bolas integration of old-school values into this state-of-the-art modern recording project extended to the mastering. I recorded everything at 192k and then I cut it to lacquer, says Bolas. Vinyl adds a tools both an equalizer and a compressorin a way that has not been reproduced digitally yet. When it comes off the needle, its like an old friend that youd forgotten about. It started as an experiment. We took a mix that Al had just finished and took it to Ron McMaster, who cut it to vinyl and sampled that to CD, so that you get all the mono compression that happens on the bottom and all of the smooth, warm analog texture thats kinda like a babys cradle around the vocal. I played it for Schmitt and Darrell and they both went nuts. So that was itwe had to do it for the whole album. And that was the last step of congealing Al, Vance and myself, because it unified everybodys interpretations on whats really an album and not just 12 cuts. Its a body of work that, if you listen to it from start to finish, its a range of emotions during a period of her life. When we got done and we played it, LeAnn was in tears and everybody went, what did we just do?<br /> <br />  The songs stand on their own, but the album as a whole really does tell a story, says Rimes with understandable pride. The title track anchors the record and tells you exactly where its going. I do feel like Im spitting fire on this record, because theyre things Ive held in for a long time, and theyre coming out through my music, which is the best way they could. It truly was cathartic to make this record. Im not holding anything back, and I feel like Im more than just a voice now.<br /> <br /> Life happened, and I got to make an album of honest music, she continues. None of us wanted it to end, we had such a great time. I feel like we went back in time, almost, making this album, and I cant make an album any other way from here on out.</p> <p>Check out the original article by Bud Scoppa for Mixonline.com <a href="http://mixonline.com/recording/artists_engineers_producers/reality_bites_the_making_of_leann_rimes_spitfire//index.html">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 10 May 2013 14:54:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/150101LeAnn Rimes Looks SMOKIN' On Cover Of New Album, Spitfire!!!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/07/13/images/assets/medium.4lHdxfCcnG2FqFsOAYwRm5woLlxpDaTqb2cAe6J6AoI.jpg" /><br /><p>This gurl has definitely not lost her edge!!<br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes looks better than ever in the very seksi photo that has been honored to grace her upcoming album!<br /> <br /> The pic features the singer with some major bedhead in a dramatic black-and-white print. Oh, and an obstructive bit of something (water??) courses down the center.<br /> <br /> The album, titled Spitfire, will officially be released June 4th. We cant wait to hear what she has in store.<br /> <br /> Check out the original article on <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2013-05-01-leann-rimes-sexy-new-album-cover-photo#.UYGBsCs4XW4">Perezhilton.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 01 May 2013 13:56:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/148631LeAnn Rimes Announces Release of New Album SPITFIRE <p>Physical CD Available Exclusively at Walmart.<br /> <br /> 14 song collection available June 4th, 2013 featuring Special Appearances by Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck.<br /> <br /> NASHVILLE, TN (April XX, 2013) Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes is releasing her new album, SPITFIRE, on June 4, 2013. Rimes, who co-wrote nine of the songs on her newest offering, says This album is a peek into my world; who I am, what Ive gone through, what my emotions are. s an intimate conversation between me and whoevers listening. I hope Im saying things that are hard for others to express. It certainly took me a lot of work to get to this point. And its still easier to sing these thoughts than it is to say them out loud. The intimacy in my music is just beginning.<br /> <br /> Curb Records is receiving global reviews for LeAnns brilliant album, Spitfire. Her performances with Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Jeff Beck, Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski are amazing and a great representation of LeAnns ability as an artist and songwriter, says Curb Records Chairman, Mike Curb. LeAnn and producer Darrell Brown have created a very special musical adventure that is delivered straight from LeAnns heart. ve always known she is a great singer. This album simply proves outright that LeAnn is a great, multi-faceted artist.<br /> <br /> SPITFIRE is co-produced by Darrell Brown, LeAnns longtime friend, whom she calls her writing soul mate. Rimes speaks of this album as a and says there were several memorable moments along the way from having multi-Grammy award-winning engineer, Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones) mix several songs to having Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky sing background vocals on What Have I Done?. After ten years of trying to write or record with Rob Thomas, the planets aligned as Rob added an undeniable groove to Gasoline and Matches, which also features the legendary signature guitar stylings of Jeff Beck, whom LeAnn previously worked with on a Barbra Streisand tribute at the Grammys to benefit MusiCares.<br /> <br /> SPITFIRE covers a range of emotions that Ive experienced in my lifetime, from anger to love, from frustrations to letting go, says Rimes. Darrell and I talked about telling that story in chronological order, but that didnt work sonically, so he said, s the truthin no particular order. And isnt that what life is about?<br /> <br /> The physical CD will launch exclusively at Walmart and is currently available for pre-order <a href="http://bit.ly/Spitfire1">here</a>.<br /> <br /> SPITFIRE Track Listing<br /> <br /> 1. Spitfire<br /> (LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / David Baerwald)<br /> 2. What Have I Done? with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky<br /> (LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / David Baerwald)<br /> 3. Gasoline & Matches with Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck(Buddy and Julie Miller)<br /> 4. Borrowed(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dan Wilson)<br /> 5. You Aint Right(Liz Rose / Chris Stapleton / Morgane Hayes)<br /> 6. I Do Now(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dan Wilson)<br /> 7. Where I Stood(Missy Higgins)<br /> 8. Youve Ruined Me(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / John Shanks)<br /> 9. Bottle(Christina Aldendifer and Gary Burr)<br /> 10. A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind(LeAnn Rimes / David Baerwald / Darrell Brown)<br /> 11. Just A Girl Like You(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Nathan Chapman)<br /> 12. God Takes Care of Your Kind(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dean Sheremet)<br /> 13. Who We Really Are(Sarah Buxton and Darrell Brown)<br /> 14. Borrowed (Live) - Bonus Track<br /> <br /> <strong>About LeAnn Rimes:</strong><br /> LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 30 million units, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including "Cant Fight the Moonlight" which went #1 in 11 countries, and "How Do I Live," which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:23:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/148351Rimes Gives Voice to Guilt on 'Spitfire'<p>When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.<br /> <br /> For LeAnn Rimes, that translates to: If you are caught having an affair with a married man and have your life dissected by tabloids, make a record out of it.<br /> <br /> The country singers latest release, titled "Spitfire," goes back to when Rimes, then married, had an affair with actor and Lifetime movie co-star Eddie Cibrian. The two have since married, but Rimes has become the center of a gossip-filled battle with his ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville, over tabloids and Twitter.<br /> <br /> Rimes rose to fame at 13 with the vocally powerful song "Blue," which drew comparisons to Patsy Cline, and scored other big hits including "How Do I Live."<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old cowrote many of the songs on "Spitfire," including "Borrowed" and "What Have I Done." They revisit the time she met Cibrian and her feelings of guilt and falling in love.</p> <p><strong>Q: Why did you decide to make "Spitfire" about your affair?</strong><br /> <br /> A: I didnt set out to take that route. Its how it ended up crafting itself when I wrote the song "Borrowed," which is the most revealing about the situation and how I felt. People think they know me, and what my intentions were. They like to write my life for me. I didnt know how to write that song without being brutally honest about it. Once I wrote that song and "What Have I Done," it kind of took on. It almost started the beginning of a film.<br /> <br /> Its an incredible feeling to take something crappy and make into something to express myself and get it out.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: Has the album helped you get over the guilt?</strong><br /> <br /> A: It was very cathartic, the humanity of it. You realize youre not the only one. There are so many people who have lived through these songs. Its unfortunate it was played out in public. Its been a struggle and Im in a really good place now. Whenever Im listening to one of the songs Im singing, I fall right back into that moment. I get pretty emotional when I perform. I dont see me being able to be any other way.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: Have fans given you feedback about this album?</strong><br /> <br /> A: Oh yeah. I approached a lot of topics most people dont want to talk about. A lot of people relate to this more than they want to admit. There have been a lot of men and women who have related to many songs on the record.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: Do you think men who have public affairs like you did face less criticism than women?</strong><br /> <br /> A: It definitely dragged on way more than it should. We moved on years ago. Its quite amazing to me that men get away with so much more. Not that I wanted to get away with anything. But they come out of it on the other side and its almost like its forgotten and forgiven.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: How is it to see your life played out in tabloids?</strong><br /> <br /> A: Its frustrating at times. Im trying to look at it from a positive light. People are so interested in me that I sell magazines to them. (Laughs) At the same time, its not easy. People do forget youre human. Its definitely not what I set out to do as a child. I wanted to sing. Thats all I want to do. I want to make music. Its an interesting way to live. Having people here in L.A. following us is kind of hard.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: You introduce yourself on your Twitter account as human, not as a singer. Why?</strong><br /> <br /> A: Because of celebrity and reality shows, people want drama. We have feelings like everybody else. For me, starting out so young, it takes a different meaning. People were always used to seeing me as this voice and its almost to remind myself, too.<br /> <br /> <strong>Q: In the notes for "Spitfire," you describe growing up and feeling like an alien child. Why?</strong><br /> <br /> A: Being out in public as a kid, people didnt see me as a kid. I always felt kind of removed and detached. I had this huge voice and that was what people knew me for. It was a different way to grow up.</p> <p>Check out the original article by Isadora Rangel for GoErie.com <a href="http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130427/ENTERTAINMENT0301/304279981/rimes-gives-voice-to-guilt-on-spitfire&template=art">here</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:50:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/148111Tickets for LeAnn Rimes UK Shows - On Sale Now!<p>Tickets to see LeAnn Rimes live in the UK this Sept are on sale to the general public now!</p> <p>Check out the dates below, and get your tickets while they are still available:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/leann-rimes/">Sept 14 - Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall<br /> Sept 15 - Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall<br /> Sept 16 - Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall<br /> Sept 18 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:12:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/147951LeAnn Rimes - Flowers from Soil<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/03/images/assets/medium.88SIjM77eLmPF97zxW6MiK7ORCfVemuBYQweoK8cfvg.png" /><br /><p>For the part four years, a tabloid-skewed version of LeAnn Rimes life has played out online and in public. With her new album, <em>Spitfire</em>, the twice-married, 30-year-old singer tries to set the record straight.</p> <p>Check out the full write up in CMA Close Up by Brian Mansfield below:</p> <p><a href="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/LR_CMACloseUp_AprMay2013%20(1).pdf">CMA Close Up Page 1</a></p> <p><a href="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/LR_CMACloseUp_AprMay2013%20(2).pdf">CMA Close Up Page 2</a></p> <p><a href="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/LR_CMACloseUp_AprMay2013%20(3).pdf">CMA Close Up Page 3</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:00:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/147941LeAnn Rimes UK Tour Dates!<p>LeAnn Rimes is making a trip across the pond to perform a handful of shows in the UK in Sept. Check out the dates below:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/events">Sept 14 - Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall<br /> Sept 15 - Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall<br /> Sept 16 - Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall<br /> Sept 18 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo</a><br /> <br /> There will be an artist pre-sale from 9AM GMT Wednesday 24 April. <a href="http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/leann-rimes/?pre=lrartist">Click here</a> to get your tickets!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:47:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/147531LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire 5/5<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/14/07/images/assets/medium.LzGB2N3NrgQXsYmFj89itYPh0xP_OWATg5PrWanzRKQ.jpg" /><br /><p>LeAnn Rimes is best known in the UK for her hits How Do I Live and t Fight The Moonlight, but over the last couple of years the other side of the Atlantic have overshadowed her musical success with a heavy presence in the tabloids for her extra-marital affair.<br /> <br /> Having soared to success at the tender age of 13, Rimes married her first husband - former backing dancer Dean Shermet - at the equally tender age of 20.<br /> <br /> Far from a whirlwind affair, Rimes and Shermets floundered after 7 years when Rimes was found to be having an affair with her Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian - who at the time was still married to Brandi Granville.<br /> <br /> Though Rimes is now officially Mrs Cibrian, her husbands fame hungry ex has ensured that Rimes name has been well truly dragged through the mud. Having stayed tight lipped on the subject of her betrayal, Rimes uses her latest release to finally tell her side of the story.<br /> <br /> Declaring the record her coming-of-age release, is without doubt Rimes most mature and most impressive release to date. A brutally honest affair, Rimes veers away from criticism, instead focussing on the confused emotions within which she was so thoroughly embroiled.<br /> <br /> Far from overtly sentimental, is a strikingly open affair, with Rimes openly shouldering the blame and uttering apology, while simultaneously professing love.<br /> <br /> A far cry from 2002s Twisted Angel, which was hailed as the former child stars first coming of age, feels effortless.<br /> <br /> Where the testing Tic Toc felt as if Rimes had a point to prove about her sexual prowess, What Have I Done demonstrates a realisation that sexuality is far from the centre of her universe.<br /> <br /> Equally notable is the spell binding , which deals cuttingly with her affair.<br /> <br /> As the other lady in Cibrians life, Rimes pointedly refers to her new loves former love without an air of malice. While the subject matter may be testing for the listener, the delivery is tender and moving.<br /> <br /> is far from a light hearted listen, but that is not a bad thing. While a lot of Rimes earlier work displayed her vocal prowess, the delivery often overshadowed an attempt to be accepted into the mainstream.<br /> <br /> By being propelled into the tabloids for truly personal reasons, Rimes has been forced to respond with the truth - a move which provokes an honest, open release that offers real insight into a undeniable force of unforgettable musical prowess.<br /> <br /> is a sensational release that will hopefully re-shape and relaunch Rimes as the superstar she deserves to be.</p> <p>Check out the original article by Jeremy Williams via <a href="http://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/LeAnn-Rimes--Spitfire">Yorkshire News</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:01:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/145151Pearl Native LeAnn Rimes is a “Spitfire” in New Album<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/12/13/images/assets/medium.ZV8-ONBUy23uKjYQ5HAYrCllQ_eefVO5l4mVrFHuQ6o.jpg" /><br /><p>Pearl native LeAnn Rimes Tweeted links to three new videos from her latest album this week, and the title track, which has an old country, folksy feel, is great. I know that youre a dirty little liar. Im not gonna get stuck in your muck and mire. You make me want to spit fire, are the lyrics.<br /> <br /> Its really one the best songs Ive heard from Rimes in a long time. For a while, it seemed she was stuck singing crossover songs that werent really identifiable as country music, but theres no mistaking this one. Her voice is so much better suited for pure country, and with these three, she doesnt use popular vocal acrobatic tricks like Christina Aguilera and others who get caught up in proving their own range so much, they seem to forget about the actual quality of the song they are trying to perform, something Ive seen Rimes do in the past.<br /> <br /> Im sure and some of the other songs on the album, on some level, are about the stars personal life. Brandi Glanville, a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who also happens to be the ex-wife of LeAnns husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, hasnt been shy about talking about her personal issues with Rimes on the reality show. So if this album is a form of payback, its a good one.<br /> <br /> In Rimes sings: I know youre not mine, only borrowed. You already belonged to her, and she said so. But Im starting to believe it aint all true, because when were lying side by side, I get the whole truth.<br /> <br /> All three videos show Rimes recording the songs in a studio, a great way to successfully showcase herself as a true vocal artist. These songs seem much more personal for Rimes, including the confessional What Have I Done, a song in which she questions breaking the heart of the only man who has ever loved her.<br /> <br /> I dont know if Rimes wrote or co-wrote the songs. I hope so, because that would be really impressive. But even the selection makes me wonder if this is her first real attempt at interjecting her own personal experiences in her music. If so, Id say she did a fine job.<br /> <br /> Check out Rimes latest videos:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ge_NiWX6tzg?feature=player_embedded" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gnb3DC89Fsg?feature=player_embedded" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ool74BRREms?feature=player_embedded" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Check out the original article by The Clarion Ledger <a href="http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msstyle/2013/04/11/pear-native-leann-rimes-is-a-spitfire-in-new-album/">here.</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:18:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/144081LeAnn Rimes: My Body and Me<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/12/images/assets/medium.6ZQ7j04AfZTJFsWNJLLYgQJQYYSlILBU94-lNrjS4yI.jpg" /><br /><p>Shes faced weight loss and love affair scandals, but LeAnn Rimes is back on fighting form.<br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes certainly doesnt make being a size 6 sound easy. First theres the hour-long morning workout of boxing or Pilates four times a week, which she describes as .And then theres the low-fat, low-carb daily diet of Greek yoghurt, fruit, eggs, spinach, fish and salads although she does treat herself to the occasional piece of cake.<br /> <br /> ll have two or three bites and be satisfied, she says. (Well have the rest, thank you very much.)<br /> <br /> But for someone who two years ago defended her ever-shrinking body by tweeting: Those are called abs not bones, love, in reaction to a particularly concerned post from one of her Twitter followers, it appears the 30-year-old country singer has now gained some , as she puts it.<br /> <br /> My mom was like: Oh, you have a little bit of fat back in your face. Im like: Thanks, Mom! says Texas-raised LeAnn, her slightly rounder face breaking into a warm smile. But I dont think Ive ever gone to an extreme with working out or my eating.<br /> <br /> LeAnns body isnt the only thing shes had to defend over the past few years. She married dancer Dean Sheremet, 32, in 2002, but found herself falling in love with the very hunky (and very married) actor Eddie Cibrian, 39, during the filming of their US TV movie Northern Lights in 2009. Their six-week affair led to the eventual break-up of both their marriages, and the pair married two years later. Left with two stepsons and Eddies furious ex, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, 40, to deal with, LeAnn who burst on to the music scene at the age of 13 and went on to have international hits with How Do I Live and Cant Fight The Moonlight found her girl-next-door reputation at stake.<br /> <br /> The pressure eventually became too great and, last August, she voluntarily checked into rehab for a 30-day treatment programme for anxiety and stress.<br /> <br /> Today, back to full health, LeAnn is preparing to answer her critics with the release of Spitfire, her 11th studio album and most open to date.<br /> <br /> This album allowed me to talk honestly about difficult subjects, says LeAnn. Nothing was off limits. Until now, I feel like Ive had a piece of tape over my mouth. Not any more<br /> <br /> <strong>How has your eating and exercise regime changed over the years?</strong><br /> I grew up on pork chops and fried food and when I was 20, I wanted to start eating healthily. I was always on stage running around and would get out of breath. I wanted to build my stamina, so started lifting weights and circuit training. These days, if I just want to go for a 30-minute hike, Ill do that instead of hitting the gym. I occasionally have pizza or fried chicken, but I try to keep my carbs to a minimum.<br /> <br /> <strong>Did you make an effort to gain weight after people seemed so concerned in 2011?</strong><br /> I never tried to lose weight and I never tried to gain it. It depends on how stressed I am. I was eating a ton and couldnt put on weight!<br /> <br /> <strong>Were Eddie or your family ever concerned?</strong><br /> No. But being from the South, my mom and godmother are always happier when I have a little meat on my bones.<br /> <br /> <strong>Are you happy with how you look?</strong><br /> Im secure with my body. Trust me, there are moments when Ive stood in the mirror and gone: Oh my God, Im getting cellulite! but then I stand in a different light and Im like: Oh, its not so bad now. I have my moments, like every woman.<br /> <br /> <strong>How do you feel when you look at pictures of yourself as a curvier teenager?</strong><br /> I was a kid. It was baby fat. As soon as I understood fitness, I started to take care of my body.<br /> <br /> <strong>Youve recently become a stepmother to Jake, five, and Mason, nine. Whats that been like?</strong><br /> They have been very accepting. Its taken a while to feel like its not just Eddie and the two boys and then me. But I do feel thats happening, and the love that I have for them is tremendous.<br /> <br /> <strong>What do they call you?</strong><br /> Lee. Sometimes theyll blurt out: , but I just go with whatever they call me. As long as its nice and respectful, I couldnt care less.<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you and Eddie want to have your own kids?</strong><br /> Absolutely. Theres still a lot of adjustments to make. It could be five months from now or in two years.<br /> <br /> <strong>Eddies ex-wife, Brandi, has been pretty vocal about her feelings for you. Whats your relationship like now?</strong><br /> Thats where you write insert face reaction here.<br /> <br /> <strong>Eek That doesnt sound good.</strong><br /> Its been really difficult. You have to stand up for yourself and be your own person, but at the same time you have to protect these children and their hearts. And thats a very tough balance.<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you have any regrets?</strong><br /> I dont like that word. Do I wish I handled it differently? Absolutely. No one wants to hurt anyone or put themselves through hurt. I think the only other thing we couldve done would have been to get out of our marriages before anything happened. It was tough, and it all happened very fast. I felt so ashamed and guilty.<br /> <br /> <strong>Are you in touch with Dean?</strong><br /> Were very cordial when we see each other, but its not an easy thing just yet.<br /> <br /> <strong>Did all this contribute to you seeking treatment for anxiety and stress?</strong><br /> I just wanted to figure out how to take care of myself. I learned that theres such beauty in imperfections, which is quite amazing. So much music comes from that place.<br /> <br /> <strong>How so?</strong><br /> Ive always wanted to sing my life. Communicating my feelings can be hard. Through music, mine truly come out. When I speak, they get lost. When I sing, they dont.<br /> <br /> <strong>Songs on your new album, such as What Have I Done? and Borrowed, address the affair. Do you fear that honesty might affect your career comeback?</strong><br /> I think a lot of people want you to be human, but youre not allowed to make mistakes. Im going to make mistakes thats just life. We all want hits, but I truly want to make music Im proud of.<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you feel pressure to reinvent yourself and keep up with the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna?</strong><br /> I cant live my life wondering if people are going to like me or not. Ive always just depended on my voice. Its my gift. And now I feel like I have a lot of things to share and stories to tell. Theres humanity about my music that is hard to find these days.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://fabulousmag.co.uk/2013/04/07/leann-rimes-my-body-and-me/">Click here</a> for the original article by Sara Lieberman for Fabulousmag.co.uk</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sun, 07 Apr 2013 12:12:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/142851Big Interview: LeAnn Rimes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/12/images/assets/medium.E8l7DSorl_jBU0Br_PgXmOIVckTfrSCAq-wSL1LBXck.jpg" /><br /><p>Singing sensation LeAnn Rimes hits The O2 stage for the first time this weekend for C2C: Country to Country. She tells us about new material and her plans to celebrate St Patricks Day in the capital.<br /> <br /> <strong>How do you feel about coming to London as one of the headliners this weekend?</strong><br /> <br /> I have had an incredible fanbase there for years now and Im excited to come and play.<br /> <br /> Its thrilling for country music to be so mainstream now. In the US, its almost like our new pop music these days. Our top 40 stations here are mostly urban performers but country music is becoming more mainstream - it appeals to a younger set of fans and its wide ranging, from aged eight to 80.<br /> <br /> Its songs of real life, thats what its all about, and it has spilled over to Europe and the rest of the world.<br /> <br /> <strong>Will it be exciting to share the stage with fellow country music superstars like Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood?</strong><br /> <br /> I have done a lot of festivals like this. I have performed with Tim and we all know of each other from previous American shows.<br /> <br /> At The O2 we are all performing as individual acts but there might be some friends joining me, so we will see.<br /> <br /> <strong>What can the audience expect from your set-list, on the Sunday afternoon?</strong><br /> <br /> It will be a mix of some of the hits and also a lot of the music from the new record too.<br /> <br /> Im excited to play that - we have had a lot of pockets over the last several years when we havent got to play here, so we will do songs we dont do on normal shows.<br /> <br /> <strong>Any plans to explore the area during your trip?</strong><br /> <br /> My husband is coming with me. Hes never been to London and we have never experienced it together, so it will be a mini-vacation too.<br /> <br /> When Im done with work, we will be exploring the city.<br /> <br /> Im looking forward to spending St Patricks Day there. I have experienced pubs in London, but never on St Patricks Day, so thats where I will be after the show.<br /> <br /> <strong>Your new album Spitfire is released here on April 1. How is it set apart from your previous work?</strong><br /> <br /> Its dealing with new topics. I have grown into a woman and I have had a lot of things thrown at me in the last four years, so its real.<br /> <br /> Im not the only one who has experienced these situations so I have written a lot of other peoples stories too. There was nothing off-limits.<br /> <br /> Im so proud of this record, more so than anything I have ever made.<br /> <br /> <strong>What else is going on with your music career?</strong><br /> <br /> There has been a big change in my life right now.<br /> <br /> I have been at the same record label since I was 11 but thats all ended.<br /> <br /> Nothing is set in stone, but its exciting to have all of these opportunities at 30 years old, after years in this business.<br /> <br /> Its a whole new world, but Im still being creative and doing fun stuff and writing a lot of music.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wharf.co.uk/2013/03/interview-leann-rimes.html">Click here</a> for the original interview by Beth Allcock for wharf.co.uk</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:16:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/136491LeAnn Rimes: This Week I'm...<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/09/12/images/assets/medium.NlXaSYX1nLjXUj7J-znWeoJAgSCMbUE_4XmkJ9VMrMo.jpg" /><br /><p>Singer LeAnn Rimes shares the cultural highlights of her week.<br /> <br /> <strong>Reading The Catcher in the Rye.</strong> A friend of mine recommended it because apparently its who I am. Ive only read a few pages so I havent exactly worked out what they mean but Im looking forward to it. Its all a bit cryptic.<br /> <br /> <strong>Listening to Jack Whites album Blunderbuss.</strong> The track Freedom at 21has my favourite grooves of any song, along with Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.<br /> <br /> <strong>Keeping fit by boxing.</strong> Its part of my everyday training regime. I also just love to hit things, I guess!<br /> <br /> <strong>Cooking peppers stuffed with ground turkey, chillies, corn and rice.</strong> I made it for the first time recently and it has definitely been approved; my husband asked for three helpings.<br /> <br /> <strong>Watching Ray LaMontagne in concert.</strong> I dont go to a concert unless I really love the artist and Ray is someone I just keep going back to. I last saw him in March last year but Im constantly looking to see when hes next performing.</p> <p>Check out the original article on Telegraph.co.uk <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/9913467/LeAnn-Rimes-this-week-Im....html">here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:58:00 -0700http://leannrimesworld.com/news/135111LeAnn Rimes talks about marriage, children and tabloid rumours with Hello! Online<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/10/09/images/assets/medium.IA1LLjHM4fu7qmaKul5TjcwZx81i0VptGnXH04s6wWY.png" /><br /><p>While LeAnn Rimes has been a smash hit professional singer since the age of eleven, more recently she has been in the headlines for her turbulent personal life.</p> <p>While married to actor Dan Sheremet she had an affair with CSI actor Eddie Cibrian who was then married to Brandi Glanville. Both couples divorced and LeAnn became Mrs Cibrian in 2009. There has been an ongoing row between LeAnn and Brandi ever since.</p> <p>LeAnn recorded her first album when she was eight years old. She shot to fame when she signed her first record deal aged 12. She has gone on to have a string of hits including How Do I Live and Cant Fight The Moonlight.</p> <p>She chatted exclusively to HELLO! Online about spitting fire on her new album and writing music to help her deal with her personal troubles ahead of her performance at Londons C2C festival on 17 March.</p> <p><strong>Have things in your personal life calmed down?</strong></p> <p>"Theyve been calm as far as our marriage and our home. I cant speak for the rest of it. Were happy and Im happy with Eddie. We have a really blissful home life. Weve just bought a new house in LA and were moving. Having a sanctuary for ourselves is super important."</p> <p><strong>Whats the new album Spitfire about?</strong></p> <p>"I think the title says it all. I really feel like Im spitting fire on this album. For the last few years I feel like Ive had piece of tape over my mouth so it all came out through my music. Theres nothing hidden on this album. Its the truth and its in no particular order.</p> <p>"Its about the emotional rollercoaster of life and I know Im not the only one who has experienced this. Its so brutally honest and thats always hard for me to sing about. I think it has really opened up a door for me in the way that I approach music and writing from here on in. Im pretty much an open book when it comes to writing music these days."</p> <p><strong>Does writing about the troubles in your personal life help you deal with what has gone on?</strong></p> <p>"Yes. It does but it doesnt make it any easier. Its amazing to have that outlet. For me its very cathartic. But at the same time, it can be hard to be that brutally honest with yourself."</p> <p><strong>You recently said you wouldnt want your children to be in the industry. Is that because you started out so young yourself?</strong></p> <p>"Obviously if they had a true talent I would help nurture that but its not something that I would urge them to go into immediately as a child. I think it is important for kids to be kids. I only had that for a very short period of time. I recorded my first album when I was eight and signed my first record deal when I was 11. I think with children the focus should be on nurturing the talent and not kicking it off so quickly."</p> <p><strong>As regards the pressure of being in the public eye, is that something that affects you more or less as youve got older?</strong></p> <p>"It probably affects me more as Ive gotten older. The tabloids are much bigger than they were when I was a kid. The hard part for me is constantly being lied about and that their perception can be so different compared to the reality of what I live. I constantly want to fight back about it but sometimes I dont.</p> <p>"There are certain things I respond to and other things I dont. But Ive also learned to let it roll off my back but Im very protective about things like my husband, my marriage and my stepson. To have people throw your life around so haphazardly to make money out of it is sad and pathetic. Its a reality we have to deal with as best we can and protect our private lives."</p> <p><strong>Youre approaching 20 years in the industry. What advice would you give to someone starting out?</strong></p> <p>"Please yourself. You cant please everybody. Especially these days when there is a whole world watching and you have to remember that as much as they build you up they can throw you down again and its about how you come back up when youre down. And some people cant.</p> <p>"If you do and youre a fighter who is talented and able to reinvent yourself, I think thats when you really learn who you are in this business. Keep your sense of self, dont get caught up in what people want you to be."</p> <p><strong>Would you like to have your own children?</strong></p> <p>"Yes definitely. Its something weve talked about and we still do, daily. Eddies boys are five and nine and we have them 50 per cent of the time so we have our hands full. We run a million different places with them like yesterday Id had a show in Vancouver the night before and Id flown home and went straight from the airport to a baseball game from a junket so its definitely a reality check. Its like two separate worlds for me of my job and then coming home. Its very grounding."</p> <p><strong>Youre looking very well. Whats your secret?</strong></p> <p>"Im very ADD when it comes to working out. I have to keep it interesting for myself or it just gets quite monotonous. I love to box. I lift weights. Ive been doing a lot of Pilates and yoga and I hike. I really mix it up to keep my body guessing and interested and focused. Ive also changed my mind set so that I work out for myself and I feel good when I do it and Im happier. I cook a lot at home and I eat a balanced diet. I dont deprive myself of anything but I dont eat a lot of junk food."</p> <p><strong>Are you looking forward to being in London for the C2C festival?</strong></p> <p>"I am. I love London. Ive been lots of times but itll be good to be back. I love the shopping. I love going to Harrods, thats one of my favourite places, I always end up there. And Topshop, I know its crazy but we Americans honestly think its the best thing ever. Ill be loading up on things because its so inexpensive and the stuff is awesome so Im really looking forward to going there."</p> <p><strong>How does your British audience compare to the one back at home?</strong></p> <p>"They are very eclectic. I remember touring there and seeing a kid with their mum stood next to a guy with tonnes of piercings, someone you think would never end up at my show. So theyre definitely a diverse group of people but thats kind of the style of my music too. I have a lot of great fans and they always seem to be very into not only the just the singles but the whole album so people really dig into the whole body of work not just whats been released."</p> <p><strong>What sound can we expect from your new album Spitfire?</strong></p> <p>"Its definitely country. I really love old style country music and that isnt around anymore. So I took the acoustic elements of that and the sparseness of it. I made it about the lyric and my vocals but also focused on making it modern. So I took modern songs and put a bit of an old-school twist on them but kept them as the music of today."</p> <p>To buy tickets for the C2C festival visit <a href="http://www.theo2.co.uk/C2C" target="_blank">theo2.co.uk/C2C</a></p> <p>To read the full article by Hello! Daily News click <a href="http://www.hellomagazine.com/music/2013030811509/leeann-rimes-interview-c2c-festival/" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:19:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/134621LeAnn Rimes: I Am Not Pregnant!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/02/08/images/assets/medium.-XxilsRbhjppSyVyzkQBnfqkOIEJfUTpa5ZTxzpKkis.jpeg" /><br /><p>The rumor mill really wants LeAnn Rimesand Eddie Cibrian to have a baby.<br /> <br /> Even after the 30-year-old country singers rep confirmed to E! News last month that LeAnn was not expecting, speculation still continued. On Tuesday, LeAnn took to Twitter to set the record straight.<br /> <br /> When one user bluntly asked, "@leannrimes are u pregnant," the blond beauty replied just as directly, writing, "no I am not."<br /> <br /> Notedagain! Besides, LeAnns pretty busy these days. Tuesday night she had a listening party for Spitfire (her new album out April 9)plus shes a very involved "bonus mom" to hubby Eddie and his ex-wife Brandi Glanvilles sons, Mason and Jake.<br /> <br /> That said, if and when LeAnn does decide to have a baby, we know shell make a great mama!</p> <p>Check out the article by Rebecca Macatee for Eonline.com <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/394815/leann-rimes-i-am-not-pregnant">here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:13:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/133971Country Sensation LeAnn Rimes Talks About Appearing at the O2 in Greenwich<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/13/04/images/assets/medium.nEdgwzx4UGvE6FljzPh1In_FN36C1pIHyRxQ_qi4gyw.jpg" /><br /><p>US Country star LeAnn Rimes speaks to Tina Campbell about performing at the London 02 and what advice she would give to her younger self.<br /> <br /> With record sales of more than 37 million, two Grammy Awards by 14-years-old, and hits including How Do I Live and Cant Fight The Moonlight, LeAnn Rimes is already a veteran in the world of country music aged only 30.<br /> <br /> She will join Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, plus more of the worlds leading country music artistsat the London O2 in Greenwich as the venue stages its first ever UK country music festival, C2C: Country To Country, next weekend (from Mar 16 to March 17).<br /> <br /> The Mississippi-born star said: m looking forward to playing, it should be fun. In the UK I have such great fans; everybody is super into their music there.<br /> <br /> As Greenwich prepares to be transformed into a mini Nashville for the weekend, is she surprised that this is the first time that such a festival will take place?<br /> <br /> She explained: Country music has really opened up into more of a mainstream genre than it ever has been. I know in the UK it has been more like, older school country music, so its exciting to see it crossing over and that people are really embracing it.<br /> <br /> The blonde country sensation will perform at the O2 next Sunday and her album Spitfire will be released the day after, marking her first musical release in five years.<br /> <br /> She told me: ve been working on this now for 4 years and co-wrote nine out of the thirteen songs. Im very proud of this album, its an emotional roller-coaster ride: every emotion as a human being is on this record. Its about my life over the past few years.<br /> <br /> Those years have included a much publicised affair with her now-husband, CSI actor Eddie Cibrian, and an on-going feud via the tabloids with his ex-wife and reality TV star, Brandi Glanville.<br /> <br /> The delicate subject of Rimes and Cibrians affair is drawn on in the albums lead single, .<br /> <br /> LeAnn said: I was afraid to tackle the subject and to write it because I knew I would have to be so brutally honest in the song.<br /> <br /> There were a lot of tears, it was very cathartic to write something like that. Its so honest that its what made the record what it is and I realised theres no topic off limits: I had nothing to hide, nothing to lose by telling the truth.<br /> <br /> I think people can relate to it more than most want to admit. Most were taken aback, but the honesty on this album is at no-ones expense, other than mine.<br /> <br /> s not like I went out to attack anyone: Im just telling the truth about how I felt and there was nothing pretty about that moment.<br /> <br /> Signing to her record label nearly 20 years ago, she has seen first-hand the changes in the music industry.<br /> <br /> She told me: It is much harder to get into. I feel that Im the last to after almost 20 years, have a career like I do. I have ridden the roller-coaster ride of life, the ups and downs of fame and success.<br /> <br /> I think fame is more prominent these days than talent which is very sad to me. People chase after fame more so than the love of music.<br /> <br /> Tabloids are bigger than they have ever been, that wasnt around when I was a kid. Its a whole new animal than when I started.<br /> <br /> If she could go back in time she says she would offer some advice to her younger self.<br /> <br /> She said: One big thing for me is to take in the moment. I experienced all of these incredible things as a kid and never really took in what walking on to stage to receive a Grammy meant I was 14.<br /> <br /> I dont think I had the life experience to know and to really cherish it. These days even the smallest of successes, Im truly trying to enjoy and appreciate every bit of it.<br /> <br /> Summing up her motto in life, she said: Let it go. Ive had this gift ever since I was a kid and I have always tried to be perfect.<br /> <br /> There is such beauty in the imperfection of things and in the chaos that Im trying to let it be more and try not to control life. Thats where happiness comes.<br /> <br /> Spitfire is out on March 18. LeAnn Rimes is performing at the Country to Country music festival on Sunday March 17 at The O2 London.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://c2c-countrytocountry.com">c2c-countrytocountry.com</a><br /> <br /> LeAnn Rimes spoke to Meridian Radio presenter Tina Campbell during her Craveonmusic show, broadcast from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.</p> <p>Check out the full article by Tina Campbell for Newsshopper.co.uk <a href="http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/leisure/latest/10270887.Country_sensation_LeAnn_Rimes_talks_about_appearing_at_the_O2_in_Greenwich/">here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:31:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/133891LeAnn Rimes Accepts the Past in Emotional ‘Borrowed’ Video<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/05/00/images/assets/medium.182op3PFCnMGQyyJh4fVNC6DtMoPow-HwBSwWvXPoQ0.png" /><br /><p>For many months, LeAnn Rimes has endured public scrutiny over her private life mostly due to having an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian, who is now her husband. Rimes has warned her fans that her upcoming album, is an honest portrayal of her life experiences in recent years. That said, its no surprise that the music video for the albums first single, evokes some strong emotions.<br /> <br /> The video starts out in a pretty traditional format: Rimes is in a recording studio, belting out the sad lyrics to the song. While backup vocalists and musicians look on, the country singer gets lost in the memories that inspired her to write the song.<br /> <br /> The emotionally-charged ballad details Rimes emotions during her affair with Cibrian. When the country star met her current husband, they were both married to other people. While Rimes ex-husband has been relatively quiet about the affair, Cibrians ex, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, has made very public comments about her distaste for Rimes.<br /> <br /> When the hitamaker appeared on The Tonight Show last month, she explained that affairs are never cut and dry especially when theyre public.<br /> <br /> I actually carried that lyric, I know youre not mine, only borrowed, around with me for about eight months, Rimes admitted. I was afraid that if I wrote it, I would have to write it so honestly that I would offend, more so than I already had, everyone. I knew also that theres a lot of humanity in the truth that this is how I felt, because a lot people, I think, wanted to put words in my mouth as to how I felt. This is the truth, this is how I felt, and theres no beauty in it.<br /> <br /> Although is a sad song theres no doubt about that the video is actually somewhat moving. The residual pain from the affair is present on the 30-year-old singers face, and even the session musicians and vocalists who contribute to the song look rather somber. Hopefully Rimes can use the video as some kind of catharsis for her past mistakes and move on to a happier future.</p> <p><a href="http://tasteofcountry.com/leann-rimes-borrowed-video/">Click here for the full article by Megan Pacella for tasteofcountry.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:17:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/121171Did You Miss LeAnn On Jay Leno? Watch It Here!<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=n30855" frameborder="0"></iframe><p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:52:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/117781LeAnn To Appear On X Factor w/ Carly Rose Sonenclar<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">LeAnn will be performing a duet with finalist, Carly Rose Sonenclar, on Wednesdays episode of THE X FACTOR. The shows airs at 8 PM on FOX.</span></p> <p>Read more about X Factor at <a href="http://www.thexfactorusa.com/" target="_blank">XFactorUsa.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:52:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/117541LeAnn's New Single 'Borrowed' On Sale Now!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/03/05/images/assets/medium.zTo8tR1oiFHdoxwVOMTm6Dxoc_nwuC_IMAFvoY41KLU.jpg" /><br /><p>The second single off of LeAnns upcoming album, , is available now! Make sure you grab a copy today! Buy on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/borrowed-single/id579759536" target="_blank">iTunes</a> now!!</p> <p>We have also posted an acoustic version of for all Spitfore Social Club members in the "<a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/media">Media</a>" section. </p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:28:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/117451LeAnn Debuts New Single on "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Tomorrow<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/11/13/images/assets/medium.6WXMAqbqTYy9RUIJpsYmyapEFQU5jT6H2w9d2E1ZxG8.jpg" /><br /><p>Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes will perform her new single, , for the first time on late night television Tuesday, December 18th on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The same day, LeAnns new song will be available for download on iTunes. Rimes new album, SPITFIRE, is due out in spring 2013.</p> <p>The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs on NBC at 11:30 PM ET.</p> <p>In other LeAnn Rimes news, Curb Records has made the track What Have I Done, from the forthcoming SPITFIRE album, available now on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-have-i-done-single/id570818442" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.<br /> </p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/117071LeAnn's Celebrity Style Guide<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/leann_rimes/media/00/08/images/assets/medium.glXNVgsrsZ6idd8YotHyNMaLzx0t5l51AEPUH_KFiW8.jpg" /><br /><p>Im excited to announce that todays editor is LeAnn Rimes. Her fabulous fashion sense and stunning voice get her noticed wherever she goes, and today she shares her Christmas list. What do you get the girl who has everything? Try a luxury essential: a beautiful set of bakeware, the perfect running socks, a legendary wallet or a firming, plumbing, fresh-face-giving masque. Or go for something that sparkles: a crystal-crusted bracelet, a diamond-studded earring, a flirty gold necklace, or a sparkly tank. Whats LeAnns biggest Christmas wish? "Peace and quiet! Thats very fashionable, right?! :)" This is why I love her so much! Read on for all her picks...</p> <p>Read more at <a href="http://www.celebritystyleguide.com/#ixzz2FFpkko2Y" target="_blank">CelebrityStyleGuide.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:54:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/116871Watch LeAnn's E! Exclusive Interview!<p>LeAnn Rimes is grateful for so many thingsbut she has had her share of struggles.</p> <p>And she still wishes that she had done a few things differently when she met husband Eddie Cibrian on the set of the Lifetime movie Northern Lights in 2009, when both of them were married to other people.</p> <p>"I dont like the word regret," she says in a sit-down with Giuliana Rancic for E! Special: LeAnn Rimes, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. "I wish I handled it differently because I wish I could have been better for me, for Brandi [Glanville, Cibrians ex-wife], for Dean [Sheremet, her ex-husband], for Eddie, for everyone else.</p> <p>Read the whole story and watch clips of the interview by going to <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/369380/leann-rimes-opens-up-all-i-wish-is-that-everyone-we-hurt-that-i-hurt-can-be-happy" target="_blank">Eonline.com</a>. </p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:34:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/115761Tonight's Wish: Albuquerque, NM<p>So, I want to tell you about a thoughtful 27-year-old woman from Albuquerque who posted a wish asking for financial help for her mother who recently had to quit her job to take care of her 7-year-old brother who has Down Syndrome. The daughter is worried that her mother may lose her car, which she needs to transport her brother to doctors appointments, and would like to help her mother with the car payments.. I am hoping that there are some local heroes who can help her. If you want to help this family, you can text to donate at HERO 80088, for a $5 donation. </p> <p>Visit <a href="http://wishuponahero.com" target="_blank">Wish Upon A Hero</a> to view this wish and many others!</p> <p>From <a href="http://leannrimesworld.com/">leannrimesworld.com</a></p>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:49:00 -0800http://leannrimesworld.com/news/115731