LeAnn Rimes says she’s been in the pipeline for three years that her new album is “kind of a bender than anything I’ve done before” and says part of it is due to the many different artists who joined her. The 12-track record features Ziggy Marley, Mickey Gayton, Alo Black, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph, Sheila E, and others.
Rimes, co-produced with longtime collaborator Daryl Brown, says they actually started the record in 2019, then continued to work on it during the pandemic.
“In early 2019 we wrote ‘God’s Work’ and ‘Throw My Arms Around the Word,'” she says, ‘and scored mid-year, then thought we’d take some time to regroup since I was on tour and start writing again in 2020. We did and then life happened, so we started making a record with everyone on the couch in their own sweat.
She says she is excited about the “eclectic group” that appeared on the album.
“We were writing, and we kind of started to pick the movie like we were in a movie. And if you look at Ziggy and Ben and Ledisi and Mickey and Sheila, I feel like we all have the same hearts and minds and we’re spreading similar messages in the world. So, it feels like a community of people And the album really talks about that.”
For Rimes, who has been on a journey of recovery and personal growth over the past decade, the songs touch on a variety of topics, as well as some of the feelings and concerns people have experienced during COVID.
“I wanted to touch on the collective experience we were going through and some of the complexities associated with that,” she says. “I have to dig into sadness, anger, anger, and hope, just the myriad feelings we all go through in this human experience.”
But the album is also full of hope and love, and the need for people to come together.
“My hope for this record is that everyone will connect with music in their own unique way, discovering something new about themselves, and the complexities of life in the process.”
describe God’s work As God’s fix for herself she says, “The lowercase ‘g’ represents the duality of this record and where humanity meets soul.”
“I kind of ran away from God’s word for a long time,” she says. “I grew up Southern Baptist and was frustrated because we grew up on these messages of love, acceptance, community, and tolerance, but no one lives them to the fullest. It really makes us wonder how we allow creation to work through us for a better world.”
At a time when people are deeply divided, she hopes to encourage hope and healing through her music.
“God can mean different things to different people. For me, he introduces the word ‘love’ into the world, and the word ‘create’. I saw somewhere where people were saying that it is called God’s work, so it is a religious record. Everything is yours. Art is very subjective, and we project what we hear through our own experience. Whatever moves inside you, whatever you hear, that’s what it is.”
her 19The tenth The album comes just as Rimes hits #25The tenth Memory of her extensive career. It all started when the little girl with a strong voice released her first album blue In the late nineties. She went on to win her first GRAMMY award at the age of 14 and still holds the record for the youngest solo artist ever to win the coveted award.
She celebrated her anniversaries by spending a lot of spring and summer on tour, and played some of her greatest hits, along with songs from God’s work. She was passionate about them and resonated well with the audience.
“Even when people don’t know the music, they seem to call it and really confuse it. When we played ‘God’s Work’ it’s as if we turned the whole audience into a chorus and in the end they were all singing ‘We Are God’s Work’ and then applauding. I think it’s Enable “.
Rimes remains highly dedicated to empowering herself and others. She’s three seasons on the perfect “Whole Human” mental health and perfection podcast that features some of the many experts who have helped her on her personal path to wellness.
You have come a long way.
“I like to say I’m thriving; you know? For a long time, I think I’ve been just coming in, but I’m thriving. And I think we all go through that in life, right? It’s just been played out in public. But I’m thriving and I’m more curious than ever and let So by leading my life. I can’t remain stagnant. And I think that’s why you see me pushing the envelope with so many of my creations.”
As she celebrates the release of the new album, she just announced her Christmas tour. You’ll travel to select cities to listen to on holidays.
“It is so much fun to connect with people at that time of year because everyone’s heart is open. It is a festive time where people spend time with their families and friends and I think we all appreciate that now more than ever.”
With everything that has happened this year, Rimes has also flagged her 40The tenth birthday (in August). Reflecting on all you have accomplished and looking to the future, life is very good for LeAnn Rimes.
“Yeah, life is good. I mean we all have our days, but I have to say I’m pretty strong. Someone said they feel like I’m centered right now. I feel more present in this moment than ever before.”