Leann Rimes to put Twitter turmoil in past
New album expected in spring for country music star.
LeAnn Rimes has become tabloid fodder in recent years, but she’s striving to bring the focus back to the music.
Rimes broke into the industry at age 13 with the remake of Bill Mack’s “Blue,” and has had hit after hit since.
The Grammy Award winner from Jackson, Miss., is getting ready to release her next album, “Spitfire,” in the spring, but first she wraps up the year with the “LeAnn Rimes Holiday Concert,” a mini-tour that began in California that will not only feature her greatest hits, but will include songs off “Spitfire,” as well as her favorite holiday tunes.
In an interview with the Los Angeles News Group, Rimes discusses everything from the drama in her personal life, which continues to keep her name in the headlines, to her much-loved new music.
Q: First, you recently got out of rehab for stress and exhaustion, how are you feeling?
A: I’m wonderful, I’m better than I’ve ever been. I mean, I went to take care of myself and I did. I turned 30 and thought it was a great time to kind of evaluate my life and it really was as simple as that. I know people want to make it incredibly complicated, but it was just a decision for myself to want to be a better woman and feel better in these next 30 years of my life. I haven’t been happier in — I can’t remember when.
Q: Recently you and your husband’s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, got into a tiff on Twitter that got people talking. Do you think the music gets lost because of the drama people are always focused on?
A: Yeah, it’s unfortunate and I usually try to keep out of it 90 percent of the time but there’s only so much you can take. Although I didn’t really get into a tiff myself, I was just taking it as a small situation. I said my piece and let it go. Everyone else seemed to — it seemed to be a very one-sided battle. It’s like everybody that doesn’t know the situation likes to join in.
But, yeah, the music does get very lost some- times and that’s why I always try to bring it back to that because that’s what I do, at the end of the day, and I’ve been doing it a long time and I love it and I will never ever let anything else overshadow that.
And you know, that’s our personal, private business. It doesn’t need to be played out in public and I try as hard as I can to refrain 90 percent of the time.
Q: Do you think maybe Twitter isn’t a good idea for celebrities?
A: Yeah, you know, I think it’s a double-edged sword and I think you have to know when to say what, and what to say and what not to say at the same time. I think it’s not for anyone who has a hot head, let’s put it that way.
Q: So what is this concert going to be like?
A: It’s great, we have four pieces on stage but it’s pretty much acoustic. It feels like I’m singing in the living room, which is nice. I feel like I’ve truly broken down that wall between audience and singer on stage, so it’s just about hanging out, having a great time and good music. And we have a good time on stage for sure. I have a great band and an amazing crew.
I’ve been touring for so long and I feel like the last three or four years have been probably the best shows we’ve ever done, and I don’t know if that’s just because I don’t feel like I’m hiding anything.
Q: What are some of the holiday songs you’ll be singing?
A: I recorded a Christmas album when I was 18 so we do “White Christmas,” “Santa Baby” and just some really fun stuff.
I think we’re doing like six or seven songs and we also change it up. I used to stick to a set list all the time, and now it’s kind of about what the crowd is digging so I don’t really try to be too rigid about what we perform.