Leann Rimes - Host

Born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, Grammy-winning artist LeAnn Rimes released her first indie album at the age of 11. Now 21, she has established an impressive track record in just 10 years.

Her debut major label album, 1996’s Blue, earned the 13-year-old a pair of Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Country Female Vocal. Rimes became the youngest person ever to win the CMA’s Horizon award and Best Country Singer. The multi-platinum Blue has gone on to sell eight million copies worldwide.

Rimes has gone on to release eight more albums, including two compilations of early material, Unchained Melody - The Early Years and You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs, in 1997; Sittin’ on Top of the World in 1998; LeAnn Rimes in 1999; I Need You in 2001; Twisted Angel in 2002; and LeAnn Rimes Greatest Hits (To Be Continued) in 2003. Her most recent release, This Woman, dropped on January 25th, 2005. In all, five of her albums have gone to #1 on the country charts, she has won 12 Billboard Awards, and she has sold 27 million albums.

Rimes recorded a pair of Diane Warren compositions that were featured in film soundtracks. “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” was one of four songs Rimes contributed to the multi-platinum Coyote Ugly soundtrack, a film she also had a role in, as well as “We Can” for the Legally Blonde 2 soundtrack. Rimes’ classic rendition of Warren’s “How Do I Live” is the longest-running single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

After relocating from L.A. to Nashville with her husband, seven dogs and two cats, her first children’s book, Jag, was published, illustrated by award-winning artist Richard Bernal. The second installment in the Jag series, Jag’s New Friend, was released in August 2004.

Last year, Rimes was named international spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, a children’s charity devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals, which garnered her a private meeting with President Bush in the oval office of the White House. Rimes has also established a therapeutic rehabilitation facility, the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym, at her adopted hometown Nashville’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, part of the Children’s Miracle Network.

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