[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Leann Rimes[/lastfm] had yet to reach 14 years old when she released her first (and biggest selling) album, Blue.
Leann Rimes was a month short of her 14th birthday when Curb Records released the precocious teenager’s debut album in 1996. But she was a music veteran even at such a young age, having been discovered by promoter Bill Mack when she was just 11.
The legend goes that Mack had written the album’s title cut for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Patsy Cline[/lastfm] but, with her passing, never saw it recorded. Mack claimed he was waiting for just the right singer to pick up Cline’s mantle and his discovery, young Leann Rimes, was the one.
Truth is, the record had been done by a few others in the interim but the story, and Rimes’ prodigious talent, won over the public.
The album sold 100,000 copies during its first week of release, won Rimes two GRAMMYs, hit #3 on the pop chart, and has sold more than 6 million copies since.
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