LEE ANN'S STAR CONTINUES TO RISE

Lee Ann Womack -- The woman who TIME says "doesn't just sing, but sings with wildfire intensity" will perform "I Hope You Dance" on "The View" Feb. 6th -- and also on CBS's "The Early Show."

"Just when I think 'I Hope You Dance' can't take me to any other places, Womack says happily, "it opens even more doors," Womack says happily. "This year, it's taken me to Washington, DC for both the 4th of July and the inauguration, to Oslo, Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, Miami for the halftime show at the Orange Bowl and to so many places to sing for the fans. Now, not only has it helped bring me some amazing Grammy nominations, but it's finding a whole new audience because this song actually seems to be having a second life."

Womack, whose Grammy nominations include Country Album of the Year, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Country Song and Song of the Year, has watched 2001 get off to an even better start than 2000, her breakout year. The platinum-and-a-half I Hope You Dance was named Country Album of the Year in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The Dallas Morning News and Country Music's Critics' Poll and is continuing its residence at the top of the Country Sales chart. For the woman The New York Times proclaimed "is taking country in new directions," the year is just getting started -- and she can't wait. She will be performing as part of George Strait's Country festival tour for the third year in a row, and will be the primary female on the Strait stadium tour's 2001 dates.

"You can never know what's going to happen, you can only hope -- and that's part of what makes this business exciting," Womack says. "You worry about the music, you do the work you're supposed to and you enjoy what happens. You can't expect this stuff to happen, you just enjoy it when it does!"

On Feb 6, you can see Womack on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

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