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Spotlight On LeAnn Rimes at the Edgewater Casino E Center in Laughlin, NV
Story & Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

LeAnn Rimes performed at the Edgewater Casino E Center in Laughlin, NV on October 1, 2011.

It was a sold out show.

Throughout her show, Rimes mixed in many of her hits, and most of the songs from her new album titled Lady & Gentlemen, which Rimes co-produced with country music legend Vince Gill and longtime co-writer Darrell Brown.  The songs from the new album were many Rimes grew up on.

Rimes opened the show with Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night".  In her set Rimes sang  John Anderson's "Swingin'", Waylon and Willie's 'Good Hearted Woman', Merle Haggard's 'The Bottle Let Me Down,' and then a remake of "Blue".  Rimes also sang her big hits "How Do I Live", "Can't Fight The Moonlight", and "I Need You" and a bunch of her other hits.  One of my most favorites songs of the night was called "Give".  It is a very emotional and powerful song.  Rimes said she worked with homeless children when she was making the video for this song.  She said she now works with an organization that helps homeless children called StandUp for Kids.  Rimes said working with these children has really changed her life.  Rimes said you can learn more about this wonderful organization on their website: www.standupforkids.org

Rimes entertained the crowd with many stories and also went back and forth between plugged in with the band and then doing songs acoustic.  For her encore she came back out and sang "Summertime" to a standing ovation.  Wow!  What a great performance of that song!   Her voice is so beautiful and she can really belt it out.

Rimes was fantastic and she really connected with her fans.  She even held a meet and greet backstage to meet her fans and posed for photos with them.  She was so kind.

I would suggest to go see her in concert.  You will be glad you did.

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Ross Villaverde, LeAnn Rimes, Glenda Paradee
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More about the new album:  Rimes just released her first new album in four years, Lady and Gentlemen, on Curb Records on Tuesday (Sept. 27). She served as an executive producer on the project with Vince Gill and Darrell Brown. Drawing on her favorite classic country songs sung by men, the album includes material popularized by John Anderson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennight and George Jones, among many more. She also updated her debut single, "Blue," and added "Crazy Women" and "Give" as bonus tracks. "This album was born out of the memories of when I first fell in love with country music. ... In reflecting, I realized that almost all of my favorite country songs from back then were sung by men," Rimes said. "I am honored to take a step back in time and sing these songs from a woman's perspective and hopefully help reintroduce them to a new audience."

More On LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982) is an American country/pop singer. She is known for her rich vocals and her rise to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Patsy Cline-intended single "Bule" when Rimes was only age 13, resulting in her becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996. Her debut album, Blue, reached #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multiplatinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album's eponymous leadoff single, "blue," which was originally intended to be recorded by Patsy Cline in the early 1960s, became a Top 10 hit. With immediate success, Rimes attained widespread national acclaim for her similarity to Cline's vocal style. When Rimes released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light up My Life: Inspirational Songs, Rimes went more towards country pop material, which would set the trend for a string of albums that would be released into the next decade.

Since her debut, Rimes has won many major industry awards, which include two Grammys, three ACMs, one CMA, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. In addition, Rimes has also released ten studio albums and four compilation albums through her record label of 13 years, Asylum-Curb, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Born Margaret LeAnn Rimes (in Pearl, Mississippi), she is the only child of Belinda Butler Rimes and Wilbur Rimes. The family relocated to Garland, Texas when she was six years old. She was singing by the age of two, was enrolled into vocal and dance training, and by the age of five was performing at local talent shows. One of her best friends, Jordan Villarreal, supported her when she sang. Rimes initially began her career in musical theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol, and almost landed the lead part in the Broadway production of Annie. However, after appearing on the network television competition show ' and clearly charming host Ed McMahon in addition to the more important fact of being a one-week champion on ' Star Search, Rimes decided to pursue a career incountry music. Following her national television appearance, Rimes made a number of appearances on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which garnered the attention of national talent scouts.

By the age of nine, LeAnn was already an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening ceremonies of the Dallas Cowboys football games. In order to bring his daughter more national attention, he began recording her under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven. She released three albums under the label between 1992 and 1996.

Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter,  Bill Mack. Mack was impressed by Rimes' vocal ability, and over the following three years, he also made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream level. The center of Mack's plan to bring her success was his self-penned composition, "Blue," which he had written in the early 1960s. Mack claimed that the song was intended to be recorded and made a hit record by Patsy Cline, but she had been killed in a plane crash before ever recording the composition. By 1995, Mack was able to gain Rimes a contract with Curb Records, after record executives heard Rimes sing "Blue."

LeAnn Rimes website is: www.leannrimesworld.com

Thanks for the Music LeAnn!

More about The Edgewater Casino E Center:

The Edgewater Casino E Center is having two more country music concerts soon.  Clint Black on November 26, 2011, and Travis Tritt on December 2, 2011.  The new venue is a great place for concerts.

For more information about the Edgewater Casino and E Center events, please check out their website: www.edgewater-casino.com  or call (702) 298-2453 or (800) 677-4837.

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