The Unmasked Singer’s New Awakening: LeAnn Rimes’ God’s Work | Music | Entertainment
Well, we’ve all had nights like that. However, very few people have lived a life like LeAnn’s.
A star at 13, she won two Grammys, judged on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and her 1997 hit How Do I Live was the best-selling country single of all time – until her fan Taylor Swift overtook her .
Now just 40, LeAnn also won the 2020 American series of The Masked Singer, dueting with Elton, and had a brutal Claymation battle with Wu Tung Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch.
The singer channels her inner ee cummings on her 17th studio album, dropping all caps on a title likely to perplex conservative Christians, though her message is witty throughout.
She is also the most musically diverse. Throw My Arms Around the World is punchy with an almost Middle Eastern vibe.
The Only, gospel-tinged Americana with an upbeat pop-reggae vibe, features guest stars Ziggy Marley, soul sensation Ledisi and Ben Harper.
It’s a song about loneliness and humanity’s need to pull itself together, concluding, “The only way to do that is to hold hands.”
Other guests include Mickey Guyton, Sheila E and Robert Randolph whose guitar blazes on the powerful and moving title track.
LeAnn’s warm contralto is always sensational, especially on the opening ballad Spaceship, the tender How Much Can A Heart Hold, and the ecstatic Awakening which, of course, has a spiritual dimension.
The album’s ongoing message is hope, with tracks like Something Better’s Coming and There Will Be A Better Day.
As LeAnn reminds us, “It’s hard enough to survive.”