US country pop singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes arrives on Tyneside as part of her whistle-stop UK tour.

Since the age of 13, LeAnn Rimes has sold in excess of 44 million records worldwide, as well as picking up a whole raft of high profile accolades including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. This is quite an impressive resume of achievements, to say the least.

LeAnn’s arrival in the North East is one of the several stops on her current UK tour in support of her 13th studio album Remnants. This record is also LeAnn’s first album to be released on RCA UK. The anticipation for tonight’s show is high, with all tickets for the concert having been long since sold out. 

As LeAnn Rimes takes to the stage in front of the capacity crowd at the Sage Gateshead, it takes no time at all for her to delve into her latest offering, opening the show with a pair of numbers from the record in the shape of “Love Line” and the title track “Remnants”.

Rimes takes the audience right back to the start of her career, and one of the first singles she released as a teenager –  “One Way Ticket”, which in turn is segued with a cover of Tracey Chapman’s “Fast Car”.

Although LeAnn’s set tonight largely centres around her new album, there is still plenty of room throughout the show for many of her greatest hits including an enchanting rendition of “I Need You” and a slightly reworked take on the timeless classic “How Do I Live”. The latter of which includes an astonishing display of vocal acrobatics. During this and throughout the course of the evening, LeAnn’s mesmerising singing voice fills the room of the acoustically perfect hall one here at the Sage Gateshead. Song after song is greeted with rapturuous applause from the Tyneside audience.

There is an almost gospel-esque quality to LeAnn’s new material particularly during the likes of the incredibly funky “Love Is Love” and the slower more soulful “Do It Wrong With Me”.

Rimes has a long standing relationship with the UK and in particular many of our treasured singer songwriters. Throughout the course of her career she has performed and recorded with the likes of Elton John, Ronan Keating and David Gray, to name but a few. Pulling up a pew at the front of the stange and accompanied by just an acoustic guitar, Rimes performs a beautiful medley of some of these duets including “Last Thing On My Mind” and “Written In The Stars”.

LeAnn’s powerful take on Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” is one of the many stand out moments of the show. Throughout the course of the song she effortlessly hits those sustained high notes, there is no holding back LeAnn tonight.

By the end of the night the entire room is on their feet and a party atmosphere ensues as Rimes breaks into her huge sounding country hit “Life Goes On” before bringing her main set is brought to a fitting close with the classic “Can’t Fight The Moonlight”, during which the crowd hang on every word.

Returning to the stage for a duly deserved encore and again accompanied only by an acoustic guitar Rimes discusses how ‘last year we lost an amazing poet and a prolific songwriter’, before performing a spellbinding rendition of what she describes as ‘one of the greatest songs ever written’ “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.

Tonight LeAnn Rimes took the Sage Gateshead to church, quite literally.

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Event Date: 21-FEB-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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