Singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes will perform her classic country hits and songs from her latest release Sept. 18 at North Central College.
Rimes heads to Naperville before the Oct. 5 release of her new album, “Lady and Gentlemen.” Her first studio album in three years will feature covers of classic country tunes. Rimes’ performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $75, $65 and $60; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Since bursting onto the music scene as a teen with her debut album “Blue,” Rimes has enjoyed a multitude of success. “Blue” climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum. Her breakthrough song of the same name immediately sparked comparisons between her and the legendary Patsy Cline.
Rimes became the first country singer to win a Grammy for Best New Artist. Her win at age 14 in 1997 also made her the youngest person ever to win a Grammy, a record that still stands. She also has won three Academy of Country Music awards, one Country Music Award from Country Music Television and an American Music Award.
Born in Mississippi, Rimes began singing at age 2 in Garland, Texas. She performed in local musical theatre performances, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at numerous Dallas Cowboys football games and toured the country with her father, also a country music singer.
Following the success of “Blue,” Rimes crossed over to country-pop music with hits like “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” “I Need You” and “How Do I Live?” Rimes tried her hand at acting, performing the lead role in “Holiday in Your Heart.” The movie, based on a story co-written by Rimes, premiered on ABC and co-starred Broadway performer Bernadette Peters.
Rimes’ performance is the first of five shows from North Central College’s Performing Arts Series. Tickets are on sale now for individual shows, season and series subscribers; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) to subscribe.
This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call 630-637-SHOW (7469).