LeAnn Rimes: "Change" She Believes In


LeAnn Rimes pictured at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2009. B) Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Feb. 20, 2009 — Earlier this month, LeAnn Rimes was up for a Grammy in the country field for the album version of her song "What I Cannot Change." Now a remixed version of that same song has ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard dance chart, making her the first artist ever to top the country and dance lists.

"It’s so odd," she says. "You never know when you make a song where it’s gonna go. We do a lot of different remixes for my songs, and ‘What I Cannot Change’ just happened to catch on."

It’s an extreme example of the kinds of things that have happened to LeAnn ever since her national debut. "Blue" became a Top 10 country hit in 1996, and the following year, she launched one of the longest-running hits ever on the pop charts with "How Do I Live." She’s vacillated between both charts several times and has taken on more of a Janis Joplin air as she’s grown up. Not surprisingly, LeAnn appreciates the unpredictability of it all.

"It’s cool," she says. "The span of my music over so many different genres has been truly incredible, so I’m not complaining."

She’s also worked her way through several entertainment genres, writing books and acting in both TV and film. Her next acting gig comes March 21 when she stars in the TV movie ""Nora Roberts' Northern Lights" on Lifetime.