How LeAnn Rimes Used Anxiety and ‘Uncomfortable Feelings’ to Fuel Inspiration Behind Most Recent Album

by Madison Miller

Like a select group from the entertainment world, LeAnn Rimes had to juggle gaining massive stardom and growing up all at the same time.

She first gained popularity when she was only 13 after releasing her version of the Bill Mack song, “Blue.” She is actually the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker. During the peak point of her youth, Rimes performed at 500 different shows in just three-and-a-half years. She had two Grammys by the time she was 14.

Mental Health And Her New Album

Growing up in the spotlight was stressful, uncomfortable, and, in many ways, isolating for the young country singer. She has been opening up in the last year about the struggles that come with growing up in the public eye. She was 30 when she first admitted she wanted help. And she said it was one of the best decisions she made during her life.

“For most celebrities, we’ve kind of put celebrities on a pedestal and we’ve ripped humanity from them,” Rimes said in an interview on the “Tamron Hall Show” in 2020.

In 2012, Rimes had checked herself into a facility to get professional help with the depression and anxiety she had been battling for decades. Despite millions of fans, Rimes didn’t feel like she had anyone to really connect with and felt unable to express every part of herself.

“I definitely felt alone growing up in this business. There wasn’t really anyone like me,” Rimes added.

LeAnn Rimes has been less active in the entertainment world in recent years. She was on the reality singing show “The Masked Singer” as the “Sun” persona. She also completed an album that is close to her heart called “CHANT: The Human & the Holy.” The album explores a piece of the singer’s strategy for mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Rimes has daily mantras and inspirational chants she does. These were then turned into a 12-track album and released in November.

“I’ve never been alone really until being in treatment for anxiety and depression … it felt like someone plugged me into the wall socket and left me on and I needed to figure out how to unravel from that … I was so fractured that I didn’t realize I was worthy of this kind of help and of a happy life,” Rimes said.

LeAnn Rimes Is A Mental Health Advocate

Since 2012, Rimes has been working on growing and becoming the best version of herself. She has also been incredibly open about the stigmas and stereotypes that go along with mental health. May is actually Mental Health Awareness Month as well.

“At first I didn’t want to face my pain, because I thought I would get lost in it. But I didn’t. People are so ashamed to talk about it and ask for help. But taking away the shame is so important,” Rimes told “People” in 2020.

Her parent’s divorce, a lawsuit with her father, and a divorce from Dean Sheremet were all private matters made public that impacted her life. Besides her album of chants, Rimes also has her own podcast called “Wholly Human” out now. It is an introduction to the singer’s path toward wellness and her tools for mental health.

“On this podcast, I want to talk about all of it — the wholeness of who we are, the human and the holy. It’s been an interesting journey for me. It’s a new journey to be utilizing my voice in this way, and the first episode is all about fear. I talk about exactly how I’m feeling. I wanted this to be a place where my humanity could land and where I could connect with people on a human level. Nothing’s left out. It’s not super polished, and it’s going to be messy,” Rimes told “People.”

She is calling it the spoken version of her blog, “Soul of EverLe.”