LeAnn Rimes Has a New Album, a New Reality TV Show and a New Attitude (2014)

Originally published in the Aug. 18, 2014 issue of Country Weekly magazine, featured on the cover of the special NASH section.

Living in the public eye is nothing new for LeAnn Rimes. Since she was 13 years old, she has grown from breakout traditional country singer to international pop star. Nearly 20 years later, LeAnn is expanding to reality television with the VH1 show LeAnn & Eddie.

“I feel like we made a great show that we’re proud of,” LeAnn, 31, tells NASH of the show that premiered in July. LeAnn & Eddie gives the couple their chance at setting a different image for the public after five years of being tabloid fodder following their affair in 2009. They did, however, discuss that particular elephant in the room in the pilot episode, allowing LeAnn to reflect on some of the mistakes she has made along the way.

“I’ve learned a lot in my life,” LeAnn says softly. “I guess I’m someone who keeps fighting and keeps moving forward. You can’t just stop. I’ve learned so much from these things that I’ve gone through and the mistakes I’ve made. It’s the past. I’ve learned a lot about humanity, as I’ve been very humbled by many things. I try to lead my life gracefully, period, but also in the public eye. But I am going to make mistakes.

“It’s different for people to see how we are in our everyday lives,” she continues, alluding to the show, which airs on Thursdays. “It’s such an opposite picture of what’s been painted. It was fun to be able to do it. You see the comedic vibe Eddie and I have. That’s how we are with each other. When we started filming, it came to the forefront, so we just started rolling with it. You get that throughout all of the episodes. We had so much fun filming it. We hope we get to do it again.”

However, LeAnn isn’t allowing the music side of her career to fall by the wayside by any means. In addition to her newly released Dance Like You Don’t Give a . . . Greatest Hits Remixes album, she has several other projects in the works, including her upcoming series of Christmas albums. The first of three six-song EPs, produced by LeAnn and longtime friend Darrell Brown, includes an array of songs for everyone, including “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.” ONE Christmas—Chapter 1 is set for release this season, while Chapter 2 will be available in 2015 and Chapter 3 in 2016.

“I made a Christmas record a long time ago, and this time, I decided I wanted to spread it out over three years so I didn’t have to stop making Christmas music,” explains LeAnn with a laugh. “We had so much fun making this first EP. I tried to play around with it as far as things you don’t typically hear me do. A lot of the vocals sound very live, and it’s just a really cool piece of music. It’s very eclectic. It has a lot of soul, and it sounds really organic.”

In support of ONE Christmas, LeAnn will embark on a multi-city Christmas tour, hitting Chicago and New York, among others. The stripped-down tour is just one more reason for LeAnn to look forward to the holiday season. “It’s such a great time of the year,” LeAnn says, beaming. “Everybody’s in a great mood, so it will be a great time to tour!”

With a busy December ahead, it’s a good thing that LeAnn started her Christmas shopping in July. “I kind of shop for Christmas all year because I take notes of what people say they like,” she says with a smile, blue eyes twinkling. “I’m one of those people who will remember something you said months back and find it! I love Christmas!

“I’m all about Halloween, too,” she quickly adds. “It’s so much fun. We actually live up on a hill where basically no kid would walk to our house, and you really can’t see it, but I make Eddie decorate the whole thing! We pull out everything that we have. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, I’m pretty much all about the holidays. Anytime I can put some decorations up in the house, I’m all about it. Now I have a good excuse because we have kids around.”

While Eddie’s kids, Mason and Jake (LeAnn calls them her “bonus kids”), keep the couple on their toes, they do look forward to the future and the possibility of adding to their family—a topic covered throughout LeAnn & Eddie.

“We’re in a place where we talk about it a lot,” says LeAnn. “There’s so much to think about when bringing a child of your own into this world. We also have two little boys to think about. I’ve been working my whole life, and I want to be a hands-on mom. We consider it often, and we’re all about it. Eddie’s a great dad, and I want to be able to share that with him. We aren’t putting too much pressure on the situation, though. If it’s supposed to happen, it will.”

In the meantime, the family of four has enough on their plates (including the upcoming holidays) to keep them focused. “We kind of feel a little bit more settled as a family now because it is hard to blend kids into a family and make everybody comfortable,” admits LeAnn. “It’s a natural progression, and I feel like things are really, really good right now.”

And now, the whole world can see it. 

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