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Top country star back in Britain
Following her recent appearance at BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park alongside artists such as Status Quo, Elton John and Madness, LeAnn Rimes has announced a short UK tour next year that includes a date at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The 34-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, will perform in Birmingham on February 17, 2017. The tour begins at Bristol Colston Hall the day before and continues at the London Palladium, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, The Sage in Gateshead and Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
At the Hyde Park show LeAnn premiered her new single, How To Kiss A Boy, the follow-up to The Story, the first track taken from forthcoming album, Remnants.
LeAnn says: "The Story is a song that resonates with me as we are all a part of one collective, universal story. I fully embrace the journey I am on and have a deeper understanding of how every piece of my story serves a purpose in my evolution as a woman and an artist. This song is not only a love song but a song of self-acceptance and appreciation for life.''
LeAnn's music career has been a long one. She rose to stardom at the age of 13, enjoying success with the country single, Blue, followed by the album of the same name. At 14, she was named 'Best New Artist', making her the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award.
Two albums were released in 1997, Unchained Melody and You Light Up My Life which featured How Do I Live. Her 1999 self-titled album featured classic country standards such as Willie Nelson's Crazy and Buck Owens' Cryin' Time.
Of her 42 singles, How Do I Live, ranks number four on Billboard's 'Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Songs,' and it holds the record for being the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her top ten hits include Can't Fight The Moonlight which went to number one in 11 countries.
LeAnn made her film acting debut in the film Coyote Ugly (2000) and recorded four songs for the film's soundtrack including Can't Fight The Moonlight. She also played singer Connie Francis on the television drama American Dreams.
It has not all been plain sailing. LeAnn has been involved in a couple of lawsuits, one with her father and former manager concerning royalty payments, and another with her former record label connected with her contract. She has also struggled with her health.
But she's back on track with her new album, her 16th, which sees her signing with the RCA record label. LeAnn says she is delighted to join the 'RCA family'.
''We share the same vision and passion for the future. Being surrounded by fantastic, forward thinking collaborators, I've never felt so comfortable and supported in my artistry. I feel like I found a true home."
LeAnn Rimes 2017 UK tour dates:
Feb 16: Bristol, Colston Hall; Feb 17: Birmingham, Symphony Hall;
Feb 18: London Palladium;
Feb 20: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall;
Feb 21: Gateshead, The Sage;
Feb 22: Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall.