LeAnn Rimes’ career in five phases, and her take on each one
Country star looks back, and looks forward
In a recent interview with LeAnn Rimes, MSN Music broke her nearly 20-year career down into five phases, and asked the singer to talk about each one. Here’s how she described herself, her attitude and the music she was making during each phase.
“I was definitely a spitfire back then,” says Rimes. “The true sense of the word would describe me back then because I’ve always been one of those people if someone told me ‘no,’ I would be like ‘I’m going to show you that I can.’ I performed for [former record executive] Jimmy Bowen at his house when I was 11, right before I got my record deal with Curb, and he told me to come back when I was 18. He didn’t want to deal with a kid. I walked out of there crying for about five minutes, and then I said ‘I’m going to show you.’ Six weeks later I had a record deal. That describes pretty much who I was at that point in my life.”
“It’s really hard starting out so young because everyone wants to pigeonhole you into something, and then they want you to grown and change as a young adult, but [at the same time,] they don’t want you to grow and change. So, it’s a very confusing time, especially when you have people watching you, and judging you. I grew up singing all different types of music and I never knew I had to choose [one], at 13. How do you choose anything at 13? That was very confusing. I was always proud of the music I was making back then, but there definitely wasn’t a consistency that I feel there is now.”
Emancipated Young Woman/Pop Princess
“I love the album ‘Twisted Angel.’ It was an amazing record to make. There was a lot of self-exploration on that, and probably more anger than ever in that part of my life. I was pissed off at everybody. You don’t know who to trust. Between a record label lawsuit [with Curb], and the lawsuit with my dad, it was quite an interesting time to make music. That was a time of really trying to find who I was. I really loved a lot of the music that I made, it was just different from the rest of it.”
Country Star (the “This Woman” and “Family” albums)
“I finally started to explore who I really was at that point. ‘This Woman,’ I loved that record, though it was more kind of a crafted record. Even though it was a great record, it was it was more kind of crafting exactly how to have hits. ‘Family’ ventured a littler bit further from that, where I started to write [songs like] ‘Family,’ and ‘What I Cannot Change’ that started to dig into those really intimate moments as a writer and as a performer. I started to dig away at who I wanted to be as an artist . . . Both of those albums were super important to explore both the commercial side and the artistic side and figure out where I kind of belong, where I feel comfortable in the middle of those somehow.”
Confident Woman (the “Lady And Gentlemen” and ‘Spitfire” albums)
“Darrell Brown, who produced this [‘Spitfire’] record with me, and worked with me on ‘Lady and Gentleman,’ I give him a lot of credit for being someone I can completely trust in this business, and someone who has encouraged me to go there. It’s amazing to have people like that in your life, [and] to have a husband who understands the whole storytelling aspect of it who’s not going ‘Please babe, don’t say that in the song.’ Thank god. I really do have amazing people around me. They’re not ‘yes’ people. They tell me their opinions, though they respect mine at the same time. That’s a great place to be, to be very collaborative in so many ways, in so many aspects of my life. I’m truly, truly happy with the music I’ve made in the last several years.
“It’s funny, someone yesterday was saying how country radio has been so afraid to play me because I’ve had these pop hits and they feel like they kind of lost me at some point,” she adds. “To me, the one that they feel they kind of lost is [the one] making a real country record.”
Read the rest of MSN Music’s interview with Rimes here.
I feel sorry for "stars" Tinsel town and all of their ilk make. It's all fake, it's rubbish. By the time they're through with them, theydesecrate their persons....they decorate them with all the fools gold money can buy, but leave them empty, miserable and desolate. Almost every day there is another tragic story of them in the news.
Her best album was "Blue." Her singing style changed over the years, and not for the better. "Blue" was her voice at her most pure and free and was absolutely the most gorgeous voice at the time. She was my favorite back in 1996-1997.
I have "Twisted Angel." It's horrible.
i lost interest of her music after doing wht shes done in a home weker as well as her husband didnnto his wife im so sorry to fell tht way but i do she ise o be so beautiful full of life now she looks like shes anerexic mybe the stress of her guilt of been somone who left her husband for another and her new beau as he had children with his wife he left a home his wife nd children didnt understand his wife lashing out at rimes over the situation but i agree with his scorn wife i would be as well i believe rimes guilt and stress over it she lost alot of fans over it! i dont believe she was riaised that way! soshes punishing herself to eas her guilt hope she has a good album nd she gets some meat in her body she needs to eat !! but what comes around goes around.i really dont have any respect for her any more as well as angelina jolie either her breast mastectomy made it seem to much over exposed on the media sharon osbourn said she was doing that way before she did oh this is about rimes. my daughters middle name is LeAnn i did like some her music ifeel sorry for her for as what shes going threw but she needs to face her problems and make good music like she use too!!
Love her singing voice and most all her songs. I also think she is a very attractive person who I adore. I wish her continued success in the future.
For many of the posters with negative comments, I am so sorry you feel compelled to act like charter members of the Westboro Baptist Church, you're the ones I hope to see pictured on a milk cartons. The fact that some of you have called Ms. Rhimes skinny indicates to me you are likely one of those obese cows who only exercise the muscles that move food to your pie hole and the ones that flap your jaw...I happen to feel Ms. Rhimes looks amazing and healthy...devoid of wanton waste flapping in the breeze not does she possess any of that curdled cottage cheese so many sport around shamelessly...nor does she appear to have to rub teflon between her thighs to keep the friction from wearing out her clothing...nor does she have to fear harpoons from whalers when she goes to the beach...and she only has one chin! All you who would be critics can go pout in the corner and wet your pants.
a person,s morals. We don,t listen to music or watch movies based on the morals
of the singers and/or actors. We should enjoy the song or movie and forget the
I think the problem people have with her is her attitude and lack of responsibilty for anything. She needs to be sincere and be like I know that is was wrong to be in a relationship with a married man, especially while I was married. I have grown a lot since then and I need to apologize to both my ex, Dean, and Brandi. Then I think her husband (I think his name is Eddie), needs to do the same. They need to be honest and admit that they have learned from their past mistakes. I think she lost a lot of fans, when she and her husband showed a lack of morals.
I also think LeAnn needs to stop flaunting her body around as much as she does. Women don't care to see that all the time. She is alienating fans from liking her. She needs to represent herself as a woman and not as one of the trainwrecks of young women that we have in the celebrity world right now. She is a stepmother and a wife. Its high time she started acting like that to society. Personally, I also think she is a little too skinny. I think she looks unhealthy. She may have an eating disorder or it may be the natural way her body is. I dont know. I, personally, dont like looking at people who look sick all the time.
Another problem, her music is very much pop music. If I wanted to listen to pop music, I would listen to pop music or turn on Taylor Swift. LeAnn needs to realize she is not 19 anymore. If she became more of a Faith Hill or Shania Twain type of pop country, I think she would have more fans. However, her type of pop country is along the lines of Taylor Swift. Her voice is powerful and great, she just needs to find songs that can showcase her talent.
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