LeAnn Rimes displayed talent from a very early age and went on to become one of America’s most successful recording artists.
Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian was born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi. From an early age her parents encouraged her natural singing and dancing ability and she won her first talent competition at 5.
When she was 6, the family moved to Garland, Texas, where she would sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Dallas Cowboys games and the National Cutting Horse Championships in Fort Worth -her parents even sold recordings of her performance at the shows.
She won ‘Star Search’ (1983) in 1990 aged 7 in the junior vocalist category and by 11 she had recorded her first album, ‘All That’ (1993) produced by her father at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, on independent record label, Nor Va Jak. Later that year, Rimes met Bill Mack, a DJ and record promoter from Dallas, he was impressed by the young singer and wanted to help her break into the mainstream. His plan was for her to sing ‘Blue’, a song he had written in the 1960’s…
…At 13 she burst onto the music scene with her debut single ‘Blue’ (1996) a song that appealed to the legions of country fans across America. Despite her young age, her rich and powerful vocals led people to compare her to Patsy Cline. Her album ‘Blue’ (1996) sold eight million copies and she became an instant star and performed concerts across Texas and made guest appearances on TV shows.
The 14-year-old Rimes was voted Best New Artist of 1997 at the Grammy Awards, to date she’s the youngest person to achieve this, and she also won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocalist. In addition, that year, Rimes wrote her autobiography and played herself in the made-for-television film of the book, ‘Holiday in Your Heart’ (1997).
Following two quick album releases, ‘You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs’ (1997) and ‘Unchained Melody: The Early Years’ (1997) Rimes released what many considered her second authentic album, ‘Sittin’ On Top of the World’ (1998) followed by her self-titled album, ‘LeAnn Rimes’ (1999) which was another major success.
In May 2000, Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur, his partner and Rimes’ co-manager, claiming that they stole in excess of $7 million of her earnings. The lawsuit had a negative effect on her career but Rimes bounced back. She and her father eventually made up.
In 2001, at age 19, she dated actor Andrew Keegan and released ‘I Need You’ (2001) and ‘God Bless America’ (2001). Whilst recording her next album ‘Twisted Angel’ (2002) Rimes met dancer Dean Sheremet. The couple announced their engagement on 14th December 2001 at Elton John’s Aids Foundation 'The Concert'. They were married on 23 February 2002 in Dallas, with Rimes’ grandfather walking her down the aisle.
Turning 21, Rimes released ‘Greatest Hits’ (2003) followed by ‘The Best Of’ (2004) and ‘What a Wonderful World’ (2004). ‘This Woman’ (2005) received mixed reviews but proved to be her best-selling album in over five years and was nominated for ‘Best Country Vocal Performance’ for the single ‘Something’s Gotta Give’.
In 2006 Rimes released ‘Whatever We Wanna’ featuring 10 co-written tracks. In her following album, ‘Family’, Rimes co-wrote every song on the album -except for one, which was written by her then husband, Dean Sheremet. There are tracks honouring her country roots and songs influenced by pop/rock music, Rimes even recorded a duet with Bon Jovi entitled 'Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore'.
As well as her prolific and commercially successful recording career, Rimes has dipped her toe into the world of acting and has appeared in several movies. Apart from ‘Holiday in your Heart’ she made a cameo appearance as herself in the film ‘Coyote Ugly’ a couple of years later. She provided the voice of Kelly Deegan in the 2006 television movie, ‘Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes’ and in 2009 took a part in 'Northern Lights', a movie based on a Nora Roberts novel, where Rimes met actor Eddie Cibrian.
The pair embarked on an affair while Rimes was still married to Sheremet, Cibrian, too, was married and the affair ended his 8-year marriage. In December 2010, Rimes and Cibrian's engagement was announced and the pair married in a private ceremony at their home in California in April 2011.
In 2011 Rimes released ‘Lady and Gentleman', a series of covers of classis country songs originally recorded by men, which was warmly received by press and public alike. Her latest album, Spitfire, was released in 2013 selling 10,798 copies in its first week and debuting at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Rimes regularly involves herself with worthy causes. She’s the official voice of the Children’s Miracle Network which is dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals. Rimes performed to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort and sung ‘The Rose’ with the Gay Men’s Chorus in remembrance of the many gay teenagers that have committed suicide.
She’s also a spokesperson of Sheer Cover, a make-up marketed at suffers of psoriasis. Rimes, a sufferer, has spoken publicly about how the condition has affected her and has worked with charities to raise awareness of the disease.
Rimes has packed an amazing amount of achievements into her life. To date she has received an American Music Award, two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and twelve Billboard Music Awards. By the age of 24, Rimes has sold in excess of 37 million albums making her one of the industries superstars.