Leann Rimes to put Twit­ter tur­moil in past

New al­bum ex­pected in spring for coun­try mu­sic star.

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - By stephanie cary Tor­rance (calif.) daily breeze Leann Rimes and Ed­die Cib­rian di­vorced their spouses to marry each other. as­so­ci­ated PRESS / Katy Winn

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.

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