LeAnn Rimes

Everything Is Inspiration

Part 1 of 3

LeAnn Rimes. Healthy Living Magazine

LeAnn Rimes. Healthy Living Magazine

It seems like LeAnn Rimes' pure country soprano, reminiscent of Patsy Cline, has been around forever but that's only because she was a star so young. In 1997, Rimes was 14 when she became the youngest person to win Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Blue." She talked To HL of how she survived child star disease, overcame the real one, what is the meaning of commitment, a definition of a man, the race issue amidst growing up in the South and much more.

HealthyLivinG: Who is your role model and why?

LeAnn Rimes: Gosh, that's hard. I guess there are so many different ones, for different things, I would say. My very, very dear friend, Darrell Brown - a co-producer of my last couple of records. He's been one of my best friends for 13 years, and just a solid human being. I think that he would probably be one of the best people I have ever known in my life. The way he handles life, and how happy he is...

HealthyLivinG: What are the things that you don't like to do but you have to do for your career?

LeAnn Rimes: I hate the business side. Of songs, there are definitely some major ups and downs. Since I was a kid, and getting a record label, working with my father. Definitely the business side of things is not one of my favorite things in the world to do. But being able to create... I love that part of my job. Being able to go and play live, and that feeling that you get from a live show in a crowd is unlike any other. Then, just to be able to create music, I really enjoy that part of it. So it's a balance. I have to be involved in all the different stuff. But I have good people around me that I can shield myself a little bit from it.

HealthyLivinG: What is a project or an accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career?

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LeAnn Rimes: I signed my record deal when I was 11. I'll be 33 tomorrow. So to be in this business, still in the game, I think that that's probably one of my biggest accomplishments. It's something I'm totally proud of, just to be able to make music, and get over that hump of childhood stardom and still be somewhat intact. I actually finished my record deal a year and a half ago, and I'm now working on the next part of my life, my music career. I'm very blessed to have that. Still keeping my head above water and feeling in my heart that I haven't gotten to my best stuff yet is very exciting.

LeAnn Rimes. Healthy Living Magazine

LeAnn Rimes. Healthy Living Magazine

HealthyLivinG: What you just said reminded me of Michael Jackson and how misunderstood he was. Starting your career at such a young age, do you relate to him? You likely understand him more than most people do.

LeAnn Rimes: Yeah. It's funny, you'll hear people start talking crap about someone like him. But we all have our moments. I understand, I think, like you said, a lot more than most when it comes to the challenges that we faced growing up the way we did. He's one of my favorite artists of all time. He's a genius. But his struggle was definitely judged tooo harshly by people. There are some things that even the closest people to me have no idea why I might need those and want those things. It's so odd for them. But for me that's normal. That's how I grew up. All of those influences definitely shaped the way we become as adults. Because of how isolated growing up as a child star feels, you feel like parts of you are really grown up because you've had to take on a very adult role so young, and then there are all of these other parts of you that are still very child-like, and trying to integrate those and become a full person. There are things that only a handful of people that have grown up like that will ever understand. But I definitely do have sympathy for them.

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