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LeAnn Rimes Biography

Birth Name:
Margaret LeAnn Rimes
Birth Place:
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Won her first talent contest at the age of 5
  • Recorded her first album at 7, her second at age 11
  • The title song of this disc, Blue, is what brought her to national attention
  • Her vocals are often likened to Patsy Cline
  • At 16, sued her record label (for their release of an album of studio outtakes that she deemed "substandard") and her father (for taking more than $7 million of her earnings)
  • Ended her estrangement from her father before her 2002 wedding
  • Her 1997 version of the song "How Do I Live" spent a record-setting 69 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
  • Made her big-screen acting debut in Coyote Ugly (2000)
  • She also contributed four songs to the film's soundtrack
  • Has written several books, including the novel Holiday in Your Heart (1997), the children's books Jag (2003) and Jag's New Friend (2004), and the inspirational What I Cannot Change (2009)
  • Supports the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, MusiCares, the No H8 Campaign and Stand Up for Kids