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A CountryMusic singer known for breaking out when she was only 13, but also surviving into adulthood as a country-pop star.

Margaret [=LeAnn=] Rimes began singing as a child and through the assistance of songwriter and DJ Bill Mack, signed to Curb Records as a teenager. Rimes's debut single "Blue" was a smash hit, leading to the release of her debut album. Also coming from the album was her only #1 country hit to date, "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)".

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Margaret [=LeAnn=] Rimes (born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American
CountryMusic singer and actress known for breaking out when she was only 13, but also surviving into adulthood as a country-pop star.

Margaret [=LeAnn=] Rimes began singing as a child and through the assistance of songwriter and DJ Bill Mack, signed to Curb Records as a teenager. Rimes's debut single "Blue" was a smash hit, leading to the release of her debut album. Also coming from the album was her only #1 country hit to date, "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)".



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Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'' (''Series/Jesus1999''), and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly'', as well as "Light the Fire Within", the theme song of the 2002 Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames at Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood, marred only by a couple minor incidents (a lawsuit against her father and producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, label issues typical of Curb Records artists, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian among them). A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

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Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. [[note]]She recorded it for the Creator/NicolasCage movie ''Film/ConAir'', but the Walt Disney company thought her version was too poppy, and that a teenage girl singing a song so mature wasn't believable. For the 'official' film track, they went with a version recorded by Music/TrishaYearwood, who was in her late 20s at the time.[[/note]]

Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'' (''Series/Jesus1999''), and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly'', as well as "Light the Fire Within", the theme song of the 2002 Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames at Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood, marred only by a couple minor incidents (a lawsuit against her father and producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, label issues typical of Curb Records artists, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian among them). A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.


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* MoralGuardians: Her father Wilbur was one early in her career; while it was somewhat understandable given that he was trying to keep a 12 (13 when she hit it big) year old girl safe in the music industry, he didn't do a very good job. He tried to talk [=LeAnn=] out of recording "Blue" because it was "too old" for her. But another song on the same album, "My Baby" has ''far'' more provacative lyrics, which Wilbur seemingly didn't have a problem with.


Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'', and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly''. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood, marred only by a couple minor incidents (a lawsuit against her father and producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, label issues typical of Curb Records artists, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian among them). A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

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Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'', Epic-Mini-Series'' (''Series/Jesus1999''), and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly''.''Film/CoyoteUgly'', as well as "Light the Fire Within", the theme song of the 2002 Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames at Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood, marred only by a couple minor incidents (a lawsuit against her father and producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, label issues typical of Curb Records artists, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian among them). A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

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* LeavingTheNestSong: "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" is a twist on the trope. The narrator is leaving behind an old relationship and starting over again by buying a "one way ticket on a westbound train" and making plans for all of the things she's going to do now that she's emotionally and physically free.


Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'', and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly''. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood. A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

Due to the contrast of her age and powerful voice, Rimes was often compared to Music/TanyaTucker and Brenda Lee, two other country ladies who began in their teens. Unlike most former child stars, she has also been relatively unharmed by controversy, other than a single lawsuit filed against her father and then-producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes is also a major philanthropist.

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Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'', and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly''. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood.adulthood, marred only by a couple minor incidents (a lawsuit against her father and producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, label issues typical of Curb Records artists, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian among them). A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

Due to the contrast of her age and powerful voice, Rimes was often compared to Music/TanyaTucker and Brenda Lee, two other country ladies who began in their teens. Unlike most former child stars, she has also been relatively unharmed by controversy, other than a single lawsuit filed against her father and then-producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes is also a major philanthropist.
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* ChristmasSongs: ''What a Wonderful World''World''. She also recorded the original song "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" as a bonus track for special versions of ''Blue'' sold at Target stores during the 1996 Christmas season.


Due to the contrast of her age and powerful voice, Rimes was often compared to Music/TanyaTucker and Brenda Lee, two other country ladies who began in their teens. Unlike most former child stars, she has also been relatively unharmed by controversy, other than a single lawsuit filed against her father and then-producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes is also a major philanthropist,

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Due to the contrast of her age and powerful voice, Rimes was often compared to Music/TanyaTucker and Brenda Lee, two other country ladies who began in their teens. Unlike most former child stars, she has also been relatively unharmed by controversy, other than a single lawsuit filed against her father and then-producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes is also a major philanthropist,
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* WanderlustSong: "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" is about wanting to take a "one-way ticket" to

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* WanderlustSong: "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" is about wanting to take a "one-way ticket" toto anywhere to cure her wanderlust.

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A CountryMusic singer known for breaking out when she was only 13, but also surviving into adulthood as a country-pop star.

Margaret [=LeAnn=] Rimes began singing as a child and through the assistance of songwriter and DJ Bill Mack, signed to Curb Records as a teenager. Rimes's debut single "Blue" was a smash hit, leading to the release of her debut album. Also coming from the album was her only #1 country hit to date, "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)".

Her biggest hit came in 1997 with "How Do I Live", a Diane Warren-penned ballad that was never even put on an album, yet remained one of the biggest selling singles of any genre. Interspersed with her hot country albums were a series of compilations, and soundtrack cuts to spare: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', "I Need You" from ''Jesus: Music from and Inspired by the Epic-Mini-Series'', and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from ''Film/CoyoteUgly''. She moved entirely to pop with minimal success on ''Twisted Angel'', but by 2004, she returned to her country roots with the more mature ''This Woman''. This album and followup ''Family'' both produced a few country hits, such as "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense", "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way", and "Something's Gotta Give". 2011 brought ''Lady & Gentlemen'', a concept album featuring her singing female-driven renditions of male-oriented country songs. While her subsequent albums have been prone to delays and low-charting singles, she has continued to record well into her adulthood. A 20-year contract with Curb ended in 2016, leading her to move to Creator/RCARecords in 2017.

Due to the contrast of her age and powerful voice, Rimes was often compared to Music/TanyaTucker and Brenda Lee, two other country ladies who began in their teens. Unlike most former child stars, she has also been relatively unharmed by controversy, other than a single lawsuit filed against her father and then-producer, Wilbur C. Rimes, and an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. Rimes is also a major philanthropist,

!Albums:
*''Blue'' (1996)
*''Unchained Melody: The Early Years'' (1997)
*''You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs'' (1997)
*''Sittin' on Top of the World'' (1998)
*''[=LeAnn=] Rimes'' (1999)
*''I Need You'' (2001)
*''Twisted Angel'' (2002)
*''What a Wonderful World'' (2004)
*''This Woman'' (2005)
*''Whatever We Wanna'' (2006)
*''Family'' (2007)
*''Lady & Gentlemen'' (2011)
*''Spitfire'' (2013)
*''Remnants'' (2016)

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* ChildPopStar: Early in her career.
* ChristmasSongs: ''What a Wonderful World''
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Done on her ''Lady & Gentlemen'' album, which has her singing female-oriented covers of songs that originally took a male perspective.
* DespairEventHorizon: The subject of "How Do I Live", in which the narrator questions how she'll be able to move on without her lover.
* FormerChildStar: A rare successful one.
* GodIsLoveSongs: "I Need You" came from a mini-series about Jesus, but the lyrics are open-ended enough that it's hard to tell that the title even refers to "needing" Jesus in one's life.
* TalkingToTheDead: "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way" sounds like a breakup song at first, but the WhamLine "When they see me 'round here talking to this stone" in the second verse makes it clear that this is the actual subject of the song.
* WanderlustSong: "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" is about wanting to take a "one-way ticket" to

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