LeAnn Rimes is using the power of music to help remove the stigma of mental illness. Her new album, Chant: The Human and The Holy, is a direct representation of Rime’s battle with depression and anxiety.
The album is a culmination of Rime’s journey to find enlightenment after entering the spotlight at such a young age. Now 38 years old, the country powerhouse has found a more mindful path. After 15 long years of trauma and grief, Chant is an expression of Rimes taking back control of her life.
Immediately following her 30th birthday, Rimes checked herself into a treatment center for depression and anxiety.
In an interview with Fox News, Rimes describes the anxiety she felt as she began the process of healing.
“At first, I didn’t want to face my pain because I thought I would get lost in it,” she said. “But I didn’t.”
Rimes has been candid about the shame she felt about her depression. Saying, “people are so ashamed to talk about it and ask for help. But taking away the shame is so important. I had so much underlying grief, everything accumulated and I had to give in.”
For Rimes, the album has been a “lifetime in the making.” Originally the idea of Chant came to her when she was creating another album, set to drop in late 2021.
LeAnn Rime’s Battle with Mental Illness
The two-time Grammy winner says Chant is a “lifetime in the making.” Her brief stint in the treatment program, followed by self-reflection, contributed to the album’s creation.
“It’s taken my whole journey to allow something like this to be birthed through me,” she said. “I just trusted it and I didn’t question it.”
Rimes says this moment gives her new-found confidence to be herself, something that strengthens the bond between her and her fans.
She continued by saying: “Finding my voice outside of music, I think, is truly one of my deepest lessons on the journey that I’m on at the moment, reveling in my vulnerability too, staying in the present moment without perfection. Trusting whatever comes through is what is needed for myself and knowing that I have a purpose with this part of my voice just as well as my singing or writing.”