Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982, in Jackson, Mississippi) is a popular American country and pop music singer.
Rimes emerged with her first single, “Blue,” when she was just thirteen years old in 1996. She is most recognized for her crossover hit “How Do I Live” which, according to the Billboard charts, is one of the most successful songs in American music history, spending 69 weeks on the Hot 100 chart, which currently stands as the second longest run in the chart’s history (behind Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”). While country singer Trisha Yearwood’s version of the song won a Grammy in 1998, Rimes’ version outsold Yearwood’s by millions of copies. Rimes’ other notable songs include “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” and “You’re the right kind of wrong” (from the movie Coyote Ugly) and American Idol favorite “I Need You.”
She has won an American Music Award, two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.
Rimes was chosen to sing the theme song “Light the Fire Within” for the February 8, 2002, Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
On February 23, 2002, she married Dean Sheremet, a dancer whom she met while recording Twisted Angel. They currently live in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2005, LeAnn was selected to become the new host of the USA Network reality tv series Nashville Star, a position she held for only one season. She also was selected to sing “Remember When,” the official song for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration.