Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Rimes emerged with her first single, "Blue", when she was just thirteen years of age. She is most recognized for her crossover hit "How Do I Live" which, according to the Billboard charts, is one of the most successful songs in American music history. While country singer Trisha Yearwood's version of the song won a Grammy in 1998, Rimes' version outsold Yearwood's by 30 million and is considered to be the more popular song. Rimes' other notable songs include "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (from the movie Coyote Ugly) and American Idol favorite, "I Need You".
She has won an American Music Award, two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.
Rimes was chosen to sing the theme song "Light the Fire Within" for the February 8, 2002 Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
On February 23, 2002, she married Dean Sheremet, a dancer she met while recording Twisted Angel. They currently live in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2005, LeAnn was selected to become the new host of the USA Network reality tv series Nashville Star. She was also selected to sing "Remember When," the official song for Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration.
On Saturday, September 3, 2005, Rimes performed a concert, on a three hour special on Larry King Live, as a benefit for those affected in the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. As a Mississippian, she said that Hurricane Katrina "hit close to home". Just days before the hurricane, she had performed in Biloxi, Mississippi.