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LeAnn Rimes and KSO offer 'Symphonic Christmas'

Dec. 6, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A recording artist at age 11 and now a 21-year-old seasoned veteran, LeAnn Rimes has already garnered some of the highest awards of the music business. Rimes sings many of her top hits and some Christmas favorites, accompanied by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium.

The Mississippi-born, Texas-raised, Grammy-winning Rimes has a list of accomplishments that belies her youth. She broke through with the hit song "Blue" in 1996 and went on to headline several international tours and make countless TV appearances. She has appeared in the hit movie Coyote Ugly, authored two children's books with her husband, Dean Sheremet, and is the spokesperson for Children's Miracle Network.

Since the debut of "Blue," Rimes has released seven additional albums. Blue earned her a pair of Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Country Female Vocal. She also became the youngest person ever to win the Country Music Association's Horizon Award and Best Country Singer. "Blue" sold eight million copies worldwide. Hits that followed include "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and "How Do I Live," the longest-running single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In all, five of her albums have gone to No.1 on the country charts, and she has won the Billboard Award 12 times.

Rimes has just released her first new album of Christmas material, "What a Wonderful World." The album is a collection of eight traditional Christmas classics and three original compositions, co-written by Rimes. On Jan. 25, 2005, she will release the decidedly country album, "This Woman." The first single from the album, "Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sense" is already a Top l5 record.

Tickets for "LeAnn Rimes Symphonic Christmas with the KSO" range from $35 to $45 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo.

LeAnn Rimes and the KSO at Miller Auditorium is sponsored by the Kalleward Group, WIN 98.5 FM and Coca-Cola.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie, 269 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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