SALT LAKE CITY —As a teen, LeAnn Rimes amazed the world with her 1996 debut album and single “Blue.” Now the Grammy Award winner will share the holiday spirit with her “Today is Christmas” performance on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Abravanel Hall.
This is not the singer's first visit to the Beehive State. Last year, Rimes performed her annual “Today is Christmas” tour at the DeJoria Center in Kamas, and in 2015 Rimes performed in Sandy.
“Every time I come to Utah and Salt Lake City I want to get in a truck and go exploring the beautiful wilderness of this majestic place. It is a very special world,” Rimes said in an email to Deseret News.
Rimes will bring her mix of pop and country as she performs next week with the Utah Symphony.
“You can expect a very intimate setting,” Rimes said of the upcoming concert. “It is actually similar to how I would do a show if it were in my living room; very intimate and personal. There is something for everyone on this tour.”
Rimes will sing some of her favorite Christmas songs as well as renditions of her hits and songs from her new album “Remnants.” The singer’s 16th album was released earlier this year.
“The ideas (for the songs) come from everywhere, from conversations I’ve had, from experiences, to what is going on in the world. There is inspiration in everything,” Rimes said.
According to a news release, Rimes began singing and dancing at local variety shows at the age of 5, and recorded her first album at the age of 11. At the age of 13, Rimes became one of the youngest artists to receive a Grammy Award, according to grammy.com. Her hit “How Do I Live,” was featured in the movie “Con Air.” She also appeared in the film “Coyote Ugly,” in which she provided singing vocals for Piper Perabo’s music performances, according to vh1.com.
But of all her accomplishments, it is the simple things that mean the most to her, sharing love with family and friends. Being able to use her voice to spread love and kindness to others is something that Rimes cherishes.
In 2007 she was honored with a Humanitarian Award by the International Entertainment Buyers Association, according to CMT.com. She also shared her voice with Children’s Miracle Network, the Coalition to Salute American Heroes and many animal rights organizations.
Rimes recently posted on her Twitter account that she partnered with the Red Cross, Salvation Amy and Tree Classics to bring holiday cheer to those affected by natural disasters.
“It is times like during these natural disasters that reminds us what is truly important,” Rimes said. “We have so much going on in the world right now that is causing division among us, and we need to join together. We need to extend our hands in love, maybe it is financially, maybe it is with acts of service, maybe it’s through your thoughts and prayers. We all need to do what we can to help.”
If you go
What: LeAnn Rimes with the Utah Symphony
When: Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
How much: $45-$249, for VIP packages