At the tender age of 14 years old, LeAnn Rimes burst onto our radios and TVs with the weepy country-balled "Blue", in 1996. Since then, Rimes has continued to command respect and healthy sales, with a string of hit-albums throughout the '90s and '00s including the debut album "Blue", her first UK Top 20 album, "Sittin' on Top of the World" in 1998 and her last hit album, "Family", in 2007.
Her biggest hits on this side of the pond, "How Do I Live" and "Can't Fight The Moonlight", have been staples for budding entrants to X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, but don't hold that against her - she's only doing her thing and that's singing memorable country-pop and doing very well out of it. With a huge fanbase on a global scale, you can expect her new album to repeat the pattern.
"Lady & Gentleman" is intrinsically a country covers album with a new version of that classic "Blue" debut hit single and a new track called "Give" (watch the video, above), a song specially composed for an American-based charity called Stand Up For Kids (www.standupforkids.org), an organization that helps get homeless children back on their feet with safe accommodation.
Other songs on the album include the classic standards "Sixteen Tons", originally made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Frankie Laine, "Help Me Make It Through The Night" by Kris Kristofferson and "A Good Hearted Woman" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Two Merle Haggard songs also feature alongside standards written by Vince Gill ("When I Call Your Name") and John Conlee's "Rose Colored Glasses".
Hands-up who wants to win a copy of this homage of manly country classics by a sweet-voiced woman? Read on for details...
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The deadline for entries to the Lady & Gentlemen CD competition is close of play on Monday 17th October 2011.
The competition is a prize draw, with the winners chosen at random, and entrants only accepted from the UK and Ireland.