LeAnn Rimes opens up about the challenges of hitting it big as a teen and bullying
Some singers fall in love with performing after watching a school play or concert, while others are bit by the entertainment bug seeing a superstar perform live or on TV.
For Grammy-winning country songstress LeAnn Rimes, her journey started before she could talk.
“My dad has tapes of me singing when I was 18 months old,” Rimes said in a recent phone interview. “You could understand what I was saying when I was singing, but when I started speaking I could barely speak words.”
By the time Rimes was 5 years old, she was performing on stages and knew singing was her destiny. Her ability to deeply tap into songs about adult emotions came naturally.
“That part of singing has always been in me,” she said. “I think part of my gift is being able to walk out and connect with the music. Now that I’m older, it’s a completely different connection.”
Rimes will bring her rich voice — often compared to singing legend Patsy Cline — to Galway Downs in Temecula Valley Wine Country on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Looking back, Rimes said performing on big stages at such a young age seemed perfectly normal at the time, but now appears awkward.
“I have two stepsons that are 10 and 14 years old and it’s like, ‘Wow! That was not normal,’” she laughed.
Her first album, 1996’s “Blue,” and the title song took the country music world by storm when Rimes was only 13. Following the success of her debut, the ballad “How Do I Live” rose to the top of the charts where it remained for months.
Another chart-topper, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” from the movie “Coyote Ugly,” further cemented her success.
Growing up in the spotlight wasn’t always an easy task for Rimes.
“Starting out so young, my mom was always trying […]