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In 1996, LeAnn Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single "Blue," which immediately captured the attention of country fans across America. It wasn't just the fact that her rich, powerful vocals were remarkably similar to Patsy Cline's -- it was the fact that Rimes was only 13 years old. Like Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee before her, she had a hit with her debut single and was barely a teenager at the time. It was quite an auspicious way to begin a career. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, but raised in Garland, Texas, Rimes (born August 28, 1982) began singing as a child, performing at local talent contests. At the age of 11, she released her first album on an independent record label called Nor Va Jak. That same year, Bill Mack, a Dallas disc jockey and record promoter, met Rimes, and impressed by her talents, he took her under his wing and began cultivating a plan to break her into the mainstream. The cornerstone of Mack's plan was a song called "Blue," which he had written in the '60s. Mack claimed that he had written the tune for Cline, but she had died before she was able to record the song. Throughout 1995, Rimes' career continued to gain momentum, as she performed more than 100 concerts and appeared on television shows across Texas. After Mack arranged a recording contract for Rimes with Curb Records, the label sent out a release with the single of "Blue" that claimed the DJ had been waiting over 30 years to find the right vocalist to sing it. The story was an exaggeration: "Blue" had been recorded by no less than three different artists, including Bill Mack and Kenny Roberts, who both released versions on Starday in the '60s, and in 1993, Kathryn Pitt released the record as a single in her native Australia. Nevertheless, the story was repeated throughout the country and mainstream music press, adding to the growing myth that Rimes was the successor to Cline's tradition. "Blue" and its accompanying album of the same name became major hits in the summer of 1996. Blue debuted at number three on the pop charts, selling over 123,000 copies within its first week of release -- the largest figure to date in the history of the SoundScan tracking system. Rimes was nominated for the Country Music Association Horizon award and the CMA Best Country Singer, becoming the youngest singer in the history of the CMA awards to receive a nomination; she won neither award. After two quickie 1997 releases -- Unchained Melody: The Early Years and You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs -- she issued her second proper LP, Sittin' on Top of the World, in 1998. Her self-titled third album followed a year later and I Need You appeared in early 2001. The next year, Rimes emerged with a sexy flair for the pop-oriented Twisted Angel, but returned to contemporary country in 2005 with This Woman. Her 2006 effort, Whatever We Wanna, found her going back to pop and was released exclusively in Europe. In 2007, she kicked off the Evan Almighty soundtrack with the gospel rave-up "Ready for a Miracle," appeared on Hal Ketchum's single "In Front of the Alamo," and began promoting her next album, Family, with the single "Nothing Better to Do." Rimes spent 2008 on tour with Kenny Chesney, then returned in 2011 with the Vince Gill- and Darrell Brown-produced Lady & Gentlemen, a collection of classic country tunes reinterpreted from a female perspective. Over the next few years, Rimes continued to work on Spitfire, the album that would conclude her contract with Curb. It was originally promised for 2012 but was pushed back to 2013, eventually surfacing on digital services in May and then released physically in June. Spitfire debuted (and peaked) at 36 on the Billboard charts and spawned no hits. In 2014, she announced that she would release a series of seasonal holiday EPs over the next three years, beginning with 2014's One Christmas. Within a year, the holiday EP project turned into a standard full-length holiday LP, with Today Is Christmas appearing in the fall of 2015. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
LeAnn Rimes

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    How to Kiss a Boy

    2 songs

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    The Story (Remixes)

    12 songs

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    Today Is Christmas

    11 songs

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    Dance Like You Don't Give A....Greatest Remixes

    13 songs

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    Spitfire

    10 songs

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    Spitfire

    5 songs

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    One Christmas: Chapter One

    6 songs

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    Give (Remixes)

    7 songs

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    What I Cannot Change (Extended Mixes EP)

    7 songs

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    What I Cannot Change (Radio Mixes EP)

    19 songs

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    Crazy World

    1 song

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    The Story

    1 song

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    Today Is Christmas (Holiday Theme for NBC's TODAY)

    1 song

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    Celebrate Me Home

    1 song

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    I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

    1 song

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    Gasoline and Matches (feat. Rob Thomas & Jeff Beck)

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    Borrowed (Single)

    1 song

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    What Have I Done (Single)

    1 song

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    Give (Single)

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    Santa Baby (Single)

    1 song

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    Swingin' (Single)

    20 songs

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    All-Time Greatest Hits

    10 songs

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    God Bless America

    14 songs

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    Lady & Gentlemen

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Top Songs by
LeAnn Rimes

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    Popularity
  2.   I Need You
  3.   Blue
  4.   Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  5.   All I Want for Christmas
  6.   How Do I Live
  7.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  8.   Holly Jolly Christmas/Frosty the Snowman
  9.   One Way Ticket (Because I Can)
  10.   Silent Night Holy Night
  11.   Blue Christmas
  12.   Can't Fight the Moonlight
  13.   Nothin' Better To Do
  14.   Probably Wouldn't Be This Way
  15.   Big Deal
  16.   We Need a Little Christmas
  17.   I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  18.   Hard Candy Christmas
  19.   Celebrate Me Home
  20.   Joy: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/Angels We Have Heard on High/Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  21.   A Little Drummer Boy
  22.   Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense
  23.   When You Love Someone Like That
  24.   Today Is Christmas
  25.   O Holy Night
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Stations & Shows Featuring
LeAnn Rimes

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    Miranda Lambert: DNA

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    35 Queens of Country

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    Q102 Christmas Hits

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    New Holiday Hits

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    Mickey Guyton: I Am The DJ

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    Cincinnati Country Christmas

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    Shania Twain: DNA

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Mix 94.9's Christmas Mixer

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    Reba McEntire: I Am The DJ

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    Ladies of Country

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    '90s Country

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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    Country 4th Of July

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Carrie Underwood: DNA

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    Country Love

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Soft Hits

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