Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (born August 28, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue”, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s eponymous leadoff single, “Blue”, became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline’s vocal style. When she released her second studio album in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade.
Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums, one released in the U.S. and the other released internationally, through her record label of 13 years, Curb Records, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990–2000 decade. Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children’s books. Her hit song “How Do I Live” was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine. (by wikipedia)
Lady & Gentlemen is the tenth studio album by American country music recording artist LeAnn Rimes. The album is Rimes’ second cover album (the first being her self-titled album.) The only new songs on the album are the two bonus tracks, “Crazy Women” and “Give”. It was released on September 27, 2011 by Curb Records. Rimes co-produced the album with country singer, Vince Gill, and Darrell Brown, with whom she collaborated on her 2007 album Family. A vinyl record of the album was released on the same day.
Lady & Gentlemen consists of Rimes covering songs by male country artists, including Vince Gill, who helped produce the album, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. Rimes also “revisited” her 1996 debut single, “Blue” on the album, which she picked up the tempo on. The album was released on September 27, 2011 by Curb Records. A vinyl record of the album was released on the same day. Rimes co-produced the album with country singer, Vince Gill, and Darrell Brown, of whom she collaborated with on her 2007 album Family.
Three singles were released from the album. The first single released for the album was a cover of John Anderson’s 1983 single, “Swingin'” on June 8, 2010. The second single, “Crazy Women”, was released on December 10, 2010. A third single, “Give”, was released on June 14, 2011. (by wikipedia)
Country diva LeAnn Rimes has been contending lately with flak from image-conscious types over paparazzi photos of her slimmed-down physique, but her leaner, meaner approach to a batch of classic country songs for her latest collection is mostly good news.
She’s collaborated with country standard bearer Vince Gill in this outing, recasting hits from nearly a dozen male singers to a female perspective. Ultimately, however, it matters little whether it’s a man or woman singing Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” The bittersweet character of a civilized romantic parting that Kristofferson sketched is gender-free.
There is a bit of an emotional shift in her take on Waylon Jennings’ “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” when she changes “daddy” to “mama,” but the more significant differences come from the arrangements she, Gill and her other associates have cooked up. John Anderson’s “Swingin’” becomes a peppy double shuffle, while Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down” is given a haunted “Long Black Veil”-like arrangement.
She revisits her own first hit, “Blue,” picking up the tempo a tad, treating it as a barroom one-step. She rounds out her excursion to old-school country with two new songs, the single “Give” and “Crazy Women,” that bring her back to the contemporary pop-country mainstream. (by Randy Lewis)
LeAnn Rimes (vocals)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians
01. Swingin’ (Anderson/Delmore) 3.02
02. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights (Duncan/Fender/Meaux) 4.07
03. The Only Mama That’ll Walk The Line (Bryant) 2.39
04. I Can’t Be Myself (Haggard) 3.12
05. Sixteen Tons (Travis) 2.43
06. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kristofferson) 3.01
07. Rose Colored Glasses (Conlee/Baber) 3.06
08. A Good Hearted Woman (Jennings/Nelson) 3.41
09. When I Call Your Name (Gill/DuBois) 3.41
10. He Stopped Loving Her Today (Braddock/Putman) 3.51
11. Blue (with The Time Jumpers) (Mack) 2.35
12. The Bottle Let Me Down (Haggard) 3.49
13. Crazy Women (Clark/Dillon/McAnally) 3.26
14. Give (Harrington/Isaacs/Yeary) 4.32