LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes in concert
Background information
Birth name Margaret LeAnn Rimes
Born August 28, 1982
Origin Pearl, Mississippi, USA
Genre Country pop, Adult contemporary, Dance
Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress
Voice type Mezzo-soprano
Years active 1991 – present
Label Asylum-Curb
Associated acts Elton John, Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Bon Jovi, Marc Broussard
Website Official Website

Margaret LeAnn Rimes, known simply as LeAnn Rimes, is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known for her work in country music. She is best known for her rich vocals similar to legendary country music singer Patsy Cline, and her rise to fame at the age of 13, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996. Her debut album, Blue, reached #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified "multi-platinum" in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album's lead single of the same name became a Top 10 hit. With immediate success, Rimes attained widespread national acclaim for her similarities to Cline's vocal style. When Rimes released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light up My Life: Inspirational Songs, Rimes went more towards country pop material, which would set the trend for a string of albums that would be released into the next decade. LeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to win a Grammy, and the first country singer to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Since her debut, Rimes has won many major industry awards, which include two Grammys, three ACMs, one CMA, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. In addition, Rimes has also released ten studio albums and four compilation albums through her record label of 13 years, Asylum-Curb, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

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