LeAnn Rimes is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the country rock band Ashley Judd and the Teds. She later released two successful solo albums, which spawned several Billboard Hot 100 chart hits. In 2017, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Early Life And Career
LeAnn Rimes was born on December 3, 1972, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of a rock music executive and an editor. Her father is of Scottish and English descent. Rimes attended the University of Tennessee where she played tennis for the women’s tennis team. She then moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. In 1995, she released her self-titled debut album which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album was produced by former Bush frontman George W. Bush’s son Jeb Bush. Two years later, she released her follow-up album which fared better on the charts and spawned several charting singles. In 2001, she made her feature film debut with the romantic comedy-drama film One Hundred Miles to Graceland which received positive reviews and earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
That same year, she starred in the box office hit The Hurricane Heist with Denzel Washington and Katrina Bowden. That same year, she also released her fourth album which was met with critical acclaim and spawned several charting singles including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “One More Time”. In 2003, she starred in the romantic drama film The Notebook opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey. The movie received positive reviews and made over $200 million worldwide. In 2004, she starred in the erotic thriller film Deep Blue Sea opposite Tom Hanks and Jenna Jameson.
Ashley Judd And The Teds
LeAnn Rimes was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 14, 1972. Judd and her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent much of her early childhood living with her mother and stepfather. She started singing and playing the piano at the age of six. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee, she auditioned for a high school musical and won the role of Gilda in the school’s production of “The Sound of Music”. Her first record deal came from Universal Records in 1992. In 1995, she released her self-titled debut album, which sold over one million copies. The album spawned the singles “My Sweet Lord” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
In 1997, she released her second album, which became successful. The album spawned the singles “Manila Wedding” and “If I Fell”. It also yielded the hit single “I Just Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
In 2000, she starred in the movie First Time Around. The film was a box office success and led to her receiving several nominations for awards including an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In 2001, she starred in the romantic comedy Mean Girls. The film was a critical success and led to her being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
In 2002, she starred in the independent film A Cinderella Story. The film garnered mixed reviews but still managed to make $41 million on
LeAnn Rimes’ two successful solo albums
LeAnn Rimes’ two successful solo albums were both released in the early 2000s. The first album, Ashley Judd and the Teds, was a popular country album that achieved moderate success on the Billboard charts. The second album, LeAnn Rimes, was a much more successful effort and spent more time on the Billboard 200 chart. It had several successful singles including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “I’m Gonna Tell You a Secret”.
The induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame
LeAnn Rimes was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on January 14, 2017. The induction was made official by the Nashville-based National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She was given the award for her work in country music.
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