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Born in Jackson, Mississippi USA on this day August 28, 1982 as Margaret LeAnn Rimes.  LeAnn started singing before the age of two, and before the age of 11, released her first album “Everybody’s Sweetheart” in 1991.  In 1992 she released the album “From My Heart to Yours” and in 1994, the Album “All That.”  None having much success in the Country music world.  During 1995, LeAnn performed more than 100 concerts and appeared on television shows across Texas.  In 1995 disc jockey Bill Mack helped LeAnn to release a demo song “Blue,” a song he had originally intended for Country legend Patsy Cline.  He also set up a recording contract for a record label named Curb Records.  The song “Blue” had been recorded by a few different singers before LeAnn made it her own with the release of the album titled “Blue” in 1996.  The album “Blue” sold 8 million copies, 123,000 copies within its first weekend and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, “Blue” was so successful, it was certified sixtuplet platinum by the RIAA.  The single “Blue” also hit the Country Top 10, as well as  Billboard Hot 100 Top 30 at No. 26.  LeAnn was only 13 years old and became one of the youngest Country music singers ever to rise to fame.  One of two other songs from the album “Blue” reached the No. 1 spot on the Country charts in late 1996, “One Way Ticket” which is still LeAnn’s only number one Country hit to date, the other song off of the “Blue” album is “Hurt Me.”  The single “The Light in Your Eyes” from the album “Blue” was released in mid 1997 and was a Top 5 Country hit, peaking at No. 5 and earned Rimes a nomination for the Country Music Association Horizon award and the CMA Best Country Singer, she won neither award.  She did win two Grammy awards, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue,” becoming the youngest female Country singer to ever win those awards.  LeAnn continued to see success with a re-release of an earlier album renamed “Unchained Melody: The Early Years” in 1997 which hit No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the “Top Country Albums” list.  Later that same year debuting at No. 1 simultaneously on the, Top Country Albums, the Billboard 200, and Christian Albums charts was the album “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs.” LeAnn made her third Platinum album in 1998 with the release of “Sittin’ on Top of the World.”  In 1999 Rimes released the album “LeAnn Rimes” that was also certified Platinum, with the single “Big Deal,” that hit No. 6 on the Billboard Country charts.  the album “I Need You” was focused on the Pop market with much success.  Rimes continued to release hit singles, and some sound tracts to movies between 2000 and 2002, while Playing herself in the movie “Coyote Ugly.” She also got married to one lucky man Dean Sheremet in February of 2002. LeAnn was chosen to sing “Light the Fire Within” at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  A very busy young lady, I would say.   In 2003 She released her “Greatest Hits” album which also went Platinum.  In 2005 she released “This Woman”, in 2006 another Pop album was released “Whatever We Wanna” and Rimes also has made recordings with other big name artists as well as making more appearances in television and the movies.  LeAnn is a True American and is singing line-up for two of the five Freedom concerts in 2007, promoted and arranged by Sean Hannity and WABC.  Thanks to johnm917 for a really good video.

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