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Leann Rimes

Margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the only child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six. She was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, and was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes began her career in musical theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol, and almost landing the lead part in the Broadway production of Annie. After appearing on the network television competition show Star Search, where she clearly charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion, Rimes decided to go into country music. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which gained the attention of national talent scouts.

By age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven. She released three albums between 1991 and 1996.

Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter Bill Mack. Mack was impressed by Rimes's vocal ability, and over the following three years, he made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream level. The center of Mack's plan to bring her success was his composition, "Blue", which Mack claimed he intended to be recorded and made into a hit record by Patsy Cline, but she had been killed in a plane crash before ever recording the composition. In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her independent album, All That.

 

LeAnn was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
While making a guest appearance on Days of Our Lives, LeAnn also filmed a public service announcement about teenage runaways for NBC's The More You Know.
LeAnn has covered 3 famous artists: Dolly Parton (the song I Will Always Love You), the Beatles (the song Yesterday), and Prince (the song Purple Rain).
Her 1999 album LeAnn Rimes contained her own unique interpretations of 11 of country music's best known standards, including "Crazy" and "Me and Bobby McGee".
LeAnn donated her artist fee and royalties from her hit single "I Need You" to create a wing at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Tennessee called the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym.
LeAnn co-wrote the book Holiday in Your Heart with Tom Carter in early 1997.
LeAnn says her most priced possession is a ruby and diamond ring that was given to her by her godparents.
LeAnn learned how to yodel at an early age.
At the age of 5, LeAnn won her first singing contest singing the song "Getting to Know You".
LeAnn and her family moved to Garland, Texas when she was 7 years old.
According to LeAnn, her parents have been her strongest and best influence in life.
LeAnn says her musical influences include Patsy Cline, Barbara Steisand, and Reba McEntire.
In 2004, LeAnn revealed that for years she had suffered from the skin disorder eczema.
LeAnn's hit single "Blue", was originally supposed to be recorded by Patsy Cline. However, upon Patsy's death, the song literally sat in the recording studio's vault.
In 1997, LeAnn made her acting debut in starring in the ABC movie Holiday in Your Heart alongside one of her idols, Bernadette Peters.
In 2000, LeAnn made her motion picture debut in the film Coyote Ugly.
After spending many years living in Los Angeles, LeAnn and her husband Dean now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
LeAnn lived for many years in Garland, Texas at an apartment complex called Pecan Knoll.
In May 2000, filed a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur, and his partner and LeAnn's co-manager alleging that they stole more than $7 million of her earnings. The two have since settled the matter out of court.

 

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