LeAnn Rimes Arena Theatre

4/16/2018
Larry Burdgick
Multi-platinum, award-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes burst onto the scene and enthralled country music fans with her debut single,”Blue,” when she was just thirteen years old, the youngest star since Tanya Tucker. Such was her star quality that with that hit, she became the youngest artist to win a Grammy, and the very first country recording artist to win the Grammy for “Best New Artist.”

Her rich, emotive voice, even at that age, was reminiscent of Patsy Cline, and industry talk of her being the successor of Patsy’s legacy was no accident. The song “Blue” had been given to her to record by its author, Dallas DJ and promoter Bill Mack. He had written the song years before for Patsy Cline, but she had not recorded it before her untimely death.

Subsequent albums such as “Unchained Melody: The Early Years” – a compilation of previously recorded material - and “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs,” continued her success. Different recordings have transitioned between country and pop and back to country, and her powerful, distinctive voice has given each authenticity. 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 “Can’t 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. Recordings include Christmas albums and duets with many of country’s greatest stars.

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