Always mature beyond her age, the 13-year-old girl with the Patsy Cline twang earned two Grammy Awards for Blue, her 1996 major label debut. RIAA-certified multi-platinum, the album has sold 8 million copies and the title track remains one of her signature songs. She followed that impressive bow with a series of best-selling albums and hit singles (23 total for a combined sales of 15 million units) like the chart-topping "How Do I Live," the longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Can't Fight the Moonlight," one of four songs Rimes contributed to the multi-platinum soundtrack album Coyote Ugly. "Can't Fight the Moonlight" spent three weeks on Airplay Monitor's Top 40 Mainstream chart, peaking at #8, and 42 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, peaking at #11. The album spent more than 100 weeks on Billboard's pop and country album charts, peaking at #1 and #10 respectively on Billboard's Top Country Album and Top 200 Album charts. On her new Curb Records release, Twisted Angel, LeAnn Rimes has emerged with a new set of songs-four of which she co-wrote herself, and all of which reflect the growth she has achieved over the last few years. LeAnn Rimes has gone from that "little girl with the big voice" to a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to fight to get it.
Working with producer/songwriters Peter Amato, Desmond Child, and Gregg Pagani, Rimes' new album represents a major stylistic departure for the 19-year-old, who originally broke through in the country and Christian music markets. That trademarked vocal now wraps itself around anthemic arena-rockers (the autobiographical first single "Life Goes On" and "Suddenly"), insightful songs of full hope and optimism ("Sign of Life" and "You Made Me Find Myself"), R&B/funk ("Trouble With Goodbye"), swamp-blues ("Twisted Angel") and even seductive, dance-floor techno ("Tic Toc").
"I had so much to say for this record," says Rimes, who credits attending a writing camp in Miami with ten fellow songwriters for helping focus the material. "All the songs have a relationship to my life because I had input into all of them, even the ones I didn't specifically write. I went in, spilled my guts and told them, 'This is what I've gone through and this is what I want to sing about.' I was involved in every part of the process, which turned out to be an amazing experience. This is the first time I've been allowed to completely explore and do the things I wanted to do musically." Songs like "Life Goes On," "Wound Up," "Suddenly," "Sign of Life," "No Way Out," "You Made Me Find Myself" and the title track deal directly with Rimes' journey to discover her own identity, both as a person and a performer.