LeAnn Rimes Gives Encouraging Health Update, Plots Return To The Road

After suffering a vocal cord injury that forced her to cancel several concerts at the end of 2022, LeAnn Rimes…


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January 11, 2023

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After suffering a vocal cord injury that forced her to cancel several concerts at the end of 2022, LeAnn Rimes is officially on the “mend” and will soon return to the road on the story… so far tour.

The “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” singer took to social media on Tuesday, January 10, to share the “exciting news” with fans.

LeAnn Rimes; Photo by Norman Seeff
LeAnn Rimes; Photo by Norman Seeff

“I am officially on the mend and have been given the all clear to perform for you again… so to celebrate, I’ve just added some brand-new shows to ‘the story… so far tour,’” Rimes explained alongside a video that featured live footage. “The new dates will be on sale later this month, but as always, I wanted to make sure that you loves have exclusive access to the best tickets.”

Pre-sale tickets were available for those with access to LeAnn Rimes official fan club. 

“Be sure to let me know where i’ll be seeing you,” she added. “I’m already counting down the days until we are reunited!!”

On December 20, 2022, shared an update regarding her health. 

“My complete vocal rest may be slowly coming to an end but my new-found love for my text to talk app might hang around a little longer,” she wrote on social media. “Sending you the biggest hugs for the holidays and all of the healing vibes to anyone that is feeling under the weather right now. this virus was no joke 💔” 

She then offered a “PSA,” if you’re squeamish, keep scrolling 😉” in reference to a video she shared from her doctor’s office.  

The news comes after Rimes was forced to cancel most of her holiday tour in early December of 2022. At the time, the hitmaker shared a statement with fans on social media detailing that while she was battling an illness, doctors found a troubling issue with her vocal cords and she was put on mandatory vocal rest.

“While sick with the flu, my doctor discovered a bleed on my vocal cord, cause by the violent cough that came along with being sick,” Rimes explained. ”I am getting better, but I am unable to talk or sing… doctor’s orders! I am devastated to have to do this as there was nothing more that I was looking forward to than celebrating the holidays with you. Please check your emails for rescheduled information and I will see you very soon.”

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The two-time GRAMMY-award winner will return to the road on January 27 for a concert at Events Center Pala Casino in Pala, California.

Rimes will kick off her much-anticipated The Story… So Far Tour on April 6 in Portland, Maine and continues through September of 2023. 

Upcoming Concerts

January 27 – Pala, CA, Pala Casino – Events Center Pala Casino

February 18 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall

The Story… So Far Tour

April 6 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

April 7 – Groton, MA – Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center

April 8 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

April 14 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino

May 5 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate Performing Arts Center

May 6 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Performance Center

May 7 – Van Wert, OH – Niswonger PAC of NW Ohio

July 1 – Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Caliente Casino

July 15 – Whitefish, Montana – Under the Big Sky Festival

September 29 – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

The Story… So Far Tour will feature a set list that includes LeAnn Rimes’ greatest hits as well as new tunes that appear on her latest album, God’s Work.

God’s Work is Rimes’ 19th studio album and includes 12 tracks. The project also features an eclectic group of accomplished artists including Mickey Guyton, Ziggy Marley, Aloe Blacc, Ben Harper, Ledisi, Sheila E., and more.

“It really does take a village, a community and I am so lucky that these sweet souls helped me to create this record. You won’t find any better than this group of people! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are all “god’s work,” Rimes captioned an Instagram post.

LeAnn Rimes; Photo Provided
LeAnn Rimes; Photo Provided

Nearly three years in the making, the 12-track record puts the singer-songwriter’s breathtaking vocals on full display and includes a mix of ethereal, rhythmic, and brutally honest songs that take each listener on their own unique journey.

“After nearly three years of creating this record, I couldn’t be more excited to release god’s work-out into the world. This project is more genre-bending than anything I’ve ever done before, and I have the amazing group of featured artists to thank in part for that,” Rimes explained of the project. “god’s work will break your heart and heal it all within the same breath. My hope for this record is that everyone connects with the music in their own unique way, discovering something new about themselves and the complexities of life in the process. This album is a reclamation of god for myself and the lowercase ‘g’ really represents the duality of this record and where humanity meets spirit.”

LeAnn Rimes recently brought her song, “Spaceship” to life with a music video that features footage from an RV trip across the state of California. The clip was captured by Rimes’ husband, Eddie Cibrian.

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“The vulnerability that’s seen in the video really speaks to my own emotional connection with the song and the intention in which it was written,” Rimes shared. “When we were writing and working on the track, we were still in the midst of COVID and the feelings of isolation and despair were everywhere around us. While reflecting, I realized that there’s a lot of hope that comes from letting it all out and expressing these harder emotions. I think the song gives everyone permission to take time and really just have a moment of having it out with God, so we can move past it and get back to living life.”

“We were on our way back from Mammoth when I said we should stop in Alabama Hills to scout a possible location. Once we got there and found a spot, the sun was setting and there was something magical at that exact moment. We knew we needed to capture something then. It was intimate, emotional and powerful. We only did four takes, which were a mix of sunset and sunrise to capture both sets of light. It all came together beautifully,” said Cibrian.

LeAnn Rimes album, God’s Work, is available now HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.