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Interview:
LeAnn Rimes Puts More Of Herself Into "Family"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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At just 25, LeAnn Rimes is a 12-year veteran of the music industry who’s sold more than 37 million albums and ranks as the youngest person ever to win a Grammy Award.

But Rimes feels that her new album — the intensely personal “Family,” for which she co-wrote all 12 songs — is hitting a different kind of stride.

“I have grown from being known for just my voice into an artist/songwriter with a point of view,” says Rimes, who’s married to Michigan native Dean Sheremet, who co-wrote six of “Family’s” songs. “Everyone thinks they know me because I have been around for such a long time. They only know what they have read about me.

“I achieved a deeper connection with my fans through ‘Family,’ and I was very candid about my life and my emotions. There is a lot of real life and honesty on this album, and I think people will easily relate.”

“Family,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in October, is Rimes’ first new album in two years — but only in the United States. Another, “Whatever We Wanna,” came out overseas only, though Rimes feels it made a significant impact on its successor.

“I love that album as it was the precursor to ‘Family,’ even though they have completely different sounds,” she says of the more pop-leaning release. “I co-wrote 11 of the 15 songs on it. I don’t know if I would have had the confidence to have written ‘Family’ if I had not written (‘Whatever We Wanna’) first.

“Thank God I have a worldwide fan base who has followed me and allowed me to experiment.”



LeAnn Rimes headlines the WYCD Holiday Show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Sawyer Brown, Tracy Byrd and Jypsi are also on the bill. Tickets are $39.50 and $25, with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network and Beaumont Hospital pediatric services. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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