When she first hit the music scene at the age of 13, LeAnn Rimes was dubbed "the little girl with the big voice," and critics compared her to country music legend Patsy Cline as she carried away two Grammy awards for her 1996 debut album, Blue.
The album, which went multi-platinum, has sold 8 million copies and the title track remains one of her signature songs.
Seven years later, Rimes is a woman whose career is in full swing, thanks to crossover appeal that has helped her vault up not just the country charts, but also the pop music charts.
Her debut was followed by a series of best-selling albums and 23 hit singles, including the chart-topping "How Do I Live," and "Can't Fight the Moonlight," one of four songs contributed to the multi-platinum soundtrack for Coyote Ugly.
On Twisted Angel, her new release from Curb Records, Rimes is coming out with a new set of songs, including four that she co-wrote.
The new album represents a change of style for the 20-year-old singer, who originally broke through in the country and Christian music markets. She is all rock 'n' roll in songs like "Life Goes On" and "Suddenly," and she delves into R&B funk in "Trouble With Goodbye," blues in "Twisted Angel" and dance-floor techno in "Tic Toc."
She is also doing another soundtrack. Rimes contributed the lead single to the Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde soundtrack. In a statement, she said, "We blondes have to stick together," in a nod to the soon-to-open movie's star, Reese Witherspoon.
Due July 1 via Curb Records, the soundtrack will offer Rimes' recording of a new song, "We Can," written by Diane Warren.
Rimes will head out on a North American tour starting July 10 in Albuquerque, N.M.