Grammy-winning country star LeAnn Rimes shared her musical talents with Augusta tonight at the first concert in the Symphony Orchestra Augusta's POPS! At The Bell series.
Following several musical selections by the Symphony Orchestra Augusta and an intermission, Rimes took the stage to perform some of her greatest hits to an almost sold-out crowd at The Bell Auditorium. Hit songs performed included Can't Fight the Moonlight, I Need You and Blue.
Rimes commanded the room with her powerful, soulful voice, and fans of all ages whistled, cheered and snapped pictures of the music star with their cell phones. One young fan in the balcony yelled out, "I love you, LeAnn!"
"We've done small symphony tours before, but it doesn't happen often so I'm honored to be playing with all these guys," Rimes said about the Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
Rimes also debuted some of her new music, including a new single, Crazy Women, which she told the crowd will be released next month. Augusta is one of many stops on Rimes' nationwide concert tour, and the singer said she will soon release two albums, one of her own music and another with classic country songs.
Born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, Rimes told the crowd she considers herself a Southerner, though she now lives in Los Angeles.
The first country music artist to ever receive the Grammy award for Best New Artist, Rimes is known for her rich vocals, which are similar to those of country star Patsy Cline. Rimes has sold more than 37 million records featuring favorite songs such as How Do I Live, Blue and Can't Fight the Moonlight.
The 28-year-old has won two Grammy awards, an American Music Award, three Academy of Country Music honors and 12 Billboard awards, according to her biography on Curb Records' Web site.
Before Rimes' performance, Shizuo Z Kuwahara, the music director and conductor for the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, put the crowd in a Halloween mood by leading his orchestra in four "spooky" selections.
The songs were El Amore Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance, Symphonie Fantastique (March to Scaffold), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and music from Phantom of the Opera.