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Country star looks inward for more personal album

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — LeAnn Rimes is gearing up for a writing session like no other.

The country singer is prepping a new album – which will be her last for Curb Records – about her life.

“I’ve finished most of the writing, and the songs are more personal,” she said in an email. “I’ve been through so much in the past couple years, I just needed to get it off my chest.”

LeAnn Rimes
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29
WHERE: Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road in Mescalero
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Rimes has been in the public eye since the tender age of 11. At 13, she shot to stardom with her debut single, “Blue,” and has managed to sustain her career. But lately her public profile has been more about her personal life rather than her music. Tabloids often report on the singer having an eating disorder or being “too thin,” but Rimes takes it all in stride.

“It does hamper my life but it’s a part of it,” she said. “And the comments about me being too thin is crazy. I’m 29 now, and there is no way I can look like I did when I started. I was a child then.”

Putting all of her personal life aside, Rimes is looking forward to new music.

“I’ve written songs about my divorce and finding love again,” she said. “It’s really more personal.”

She is touring in support of her latest album, “Lady & Gentlemen.”

Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammys, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. She remains the youngest winner of the Grammy for Best New Artist and the first country recording artist to win that award.

She’s placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went No. 1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“I’ve had a great career,” she said. “It’s also taken a lot of hard work and devotion to make it all work.”

Aside from recording music, Rimes has made a jump into acting and writing books. She’s written the children’s books “Jag” and “Jag’s New Friend” as well as the novels “Holiday in Your Heart” and “What I Cannot Change.”

After her upcoming album is released, Rimes will have completed her record deal with Curb Records and looks forward to continuing to making music.

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