GRAMMY-winning artist LeAnn Rimes was recently the featured guest for Up Close & Personal With LeAnn Rimes, a GRAMMY Professional Development Event, produced by The Recording Academy New York Chapter. Following the event, Rimes participated in an installment of The Academy's 5 Questions With … series to discuss the video for her new single, "Give," the concept behind her new album, Lady & Gentlemen, advice for young artists, and the importance of Recording Academy membership, among other topics.
"When I look for outside songs I look for songs that affect me deeply," said Rimes regarding "Give," a song that brings to light the issue of childhood homelessness. "'Give' has a message to it that really needed to be heard all over the world. I think people forget [that] what we're here to do as human beings on this Earth is give back to one another."
Born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Miss., Rimes rose to fame in 1996 with her debut single "Blue." The song made the Top 10 on Billboard's Country Singles chart, and the album of the same name shot to No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The set also garnered Rimes her two GRAMMY Awards to date in 1996 for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. At age 13 Rimes became one of the youngest artists to receive a GRAMMY Award.
Rimes followed with 1997's You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs and Unchained Melody: The Early Years, both of which topped the Billboard 200. The former featured the hit "How Do I Live," which earned Rimes a GRAMMY nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Rimes went on to release several more Top 10 albums, including her 1999 self-titled album, I Need You (2001), This Woman (2005), and Family (2007). She garnered three consecutive GRAMMY nominations for Best Female Country Vocal Performance from 2006–2008 for "Something's Gotta Give," "Nothin' Better To Do" and "What I Cannot Change," respectively.
Her most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 2010 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Swingin,'" a track from Lady & Gentlemen. Released Sept. 27, the album which features 14 love songs originally recorded by male artists, sung from a woman's perspective. "I had more fun working on this record than anything I've ever made," wrote Rimes on her website. Rimes is currently on tour throughout the United States.
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