As LeAnn Rimes finds herself smack dab in the middle of her fifth annual “Today is Christmas Tour,” the vocalist has been sharing a number of pics of her time onstage in front of her loyal fans.
“Nashville, you were good for the soul,” LeAnn wrote on an Instagram pic after her performance at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
“There’s a different kind of joy that comes along with holiday music and even performing holiday music,” LeAnn explained in a recent interview with the Herald-Tribune. “When people come out to the shows, it’s just a different energy. People are really joyous and there’s a cool family vibe that kind of happens at the shows. A lot of these songs everyone knows, so it becomes a big sing-along. It’s a joy that it brings me — obviously I enjoy my life all year long, but there’s something about the holidays that takes you back to your childhood.”
She also has shared a number of a bit more revealing pics from backstage, giving fans a true behind-the-scenes look at life while out on tour.
And while not every star would have the courage to share a pic of themselves clad in just a towel, LeAnn is one of those that has never shied away of being transparent and truthful in every way. In a recent video interview with Inc. magazine, LeAnn opened up about her often stormy relationship with her mom, for example.
“My mom and I have had an interesting relationship,” the former child star said in the interview about her heart-wrenching song, “Mother.” “She kind of lost me to the world when I was 13, so she didn’t have all of my childhood, and it’s made for this weird rub where I’ve kind of kept her on the outside. I would let her in but keep her at arm’s length.” She added, “Having two stepsons … has definitely changed my perception of motherhood in a lot of ways.”
Writing another own experience, she says, “Is like taking a page out of the parts of my journal I don’t want anyone to ever see. But I think those make the greatest songs. They’re just so real.”
It also makes sense for the artist who is not scared to tackle just about any subject.
“My love for the LGBTQ community and support for them has been going on since I was a kid,” she told the Herald-Tribune. “My uncle passed away from AIDS when I was 11 and living in the south. My dad was the only one that actually went to the funeral. So it was very eye-opening to see how a man who was gay and died of AIDS was treated. It just really stuck with me and it weighed heavy on my heart for many years. In the country community, not a lot of people talk about their support for the LGBTQ community, but for me, it was never even a question in my mind. It was always something I was going to be vocal about because I felt I could give my uncle a voice that he never had. And the LGBTQ community has been incredibly supportive of me always, so we definitely have a love relationship going on there.”
And 2018 holds much more for the star.
“I have new music,” LeAnn says about plans for the new year. “I just actually started writing yesterday, working on new music for a new record next year. I have a lot of things up in the air that I can’t completely talk about right now, but all great things, so much coming up next year that I’m really excited about.”