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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
e-mail: FryerMarilynT@jccmi.edu
October 29, 2010
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An Evening with LeAnn Rimes to take stage Nov. 20

Jackson Community College’s Potter Center will welcome country music sensation LeAnn Rimes to the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Also performing will be special guest, Hunter Hayes.

In 1996, LeAnn Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single, "Blue," which immediately captured the attention of country fans across America. It wasn’t just the fact that her rich, powerful vocals were remarkably similar to Patsy Cline -- it was the fact that Rimes was only 13 years old.

In 1996, Rimes signed with Curb Records and recorded the album “Blue,” which debuted at number three on the pop charts, selling over 123,000 copies within its first week of release. The album's title song “Blue” earned Rimes a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Rimes also captured the 1996 Best New Artist Grammy. This feat had never before achieved by a country musician.

Rimes followed “Blue's” success with two 1997 albums: “Unchained Melody” and “You Light Up My Life.” Featuring the Grammy-nominated song ‘How Do I Live,” “You Light Up My Life” became the first album in music history to simultaneously debut at number one on the pop, country, and contemporary Christian Billboard charts.

In 1997, Rimes starred in the television movie, “Holiday in Your Heart,” which was based on her book of the same title. The following year, she issued the LP “Sittin' on top of the World,” which yielded the singles "Commitment" and "Looking Through Your Eyes." Her 1999 self-titled album featured classic country standards such as Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and Buck Owens' "Cryin' Time." Another highlight of that year was when Rimes traveled to Europe to present a special Thanksgiving Day concert to Pope John Paul II.

Rimes made her motion picture acting debut in the film “Coyote Ugly” (2000) and recorded four songs for the film's soundtrack: “Can't Fight the Moonlight,” “Please Remember,” “The Right Kind of Wrong,” and “But I Do Love You.” She also played singer Connie Francis on the television drama “American Dreams.” She starred in the 2009 television movie “Northern Lights” on Lifetime.

Also performing is 18-year-old Hunter Hayes, is a young up-and-coming singer and entertainer, Hunter Hayes. This 18-year-old can sing and play with the best, and does. He has been writing and recording since his first studio project at age 4 in 1995. He now plays more than 12 instruments and produces his own music and performances. A passionate live performer, he connects with audiences of all ages on stage and off and has shared the stage with country music heroes Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney and more.

As a young child, Hayes appeared on major television networks including CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC, wowing audiences with his incredible musical gift. Hunter Hayes has even appeared with a U.S. president and Congress and has appeared in numerous movies, including “The Apostle” with Robert Duvall, “All the King’s Men” with Sean Penn, and “My Dog Skip” with Frankie Muniz.

Tickets are $58, $53 and $48 and may be purchased at the Potter Center Box Office, call 517.796.8600, or online at www.jccmi.edu.

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