Arts & Entertainment

Country diva making stop in Pasco

LeAnn Rimes was 11 when she released her first country pop album.

By the time she was 13, she'd won a Grammy, making her the youngest winner ever. She also was the first country artist to win the Grammy's Best New Artist category.

Today, the 26-year-old singer is still at the top of her game with another Grammy nomination this year for best female vocal country performance for her song, How Do I Live.

Rimes will stop in the Tri-Cities on Jan. 31 for a performance at TRAC in Pasco.

Rimes is known for managing to carry her success as a child entertainer into adulthood by blending country with pop and for her uncanny ability to sound like the legendary Patsy Cline.

Rimes also made news when she took over her own management from her father, whom she accused of bilking her of $7 million. She has since reconciled with her dad.

The country diva's music career started at age 2. By the time she was 8, she had appeared on Star Search and a year later released her first album, Everybody's Sweetheart.

Of the 14 albums she's released since 1996, five have gone platinum, one double platinum and one triple platinum.

Her latest single, What I Cannot Change, is climbing toward Billboard's Top 10 play chart.

Admission to the Tri-City concert is $25 to $65. Tickets are available at the Kennewick Ranch & Home store on Columbia Center Boulevard or the TRAC box office.

Christian singer Holly Starr, from Quincy, will open for Rimes in Wenatchee on Jan. 29. That concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee.

For ticket information, call 866-443-8849.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;