Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 when her debut album "Blue" topped the country chart and sold 6 times platinum in 1996. She was the youngest chart-topper since
That year, Rimes won Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Female Country Performance for "Blue." That made her the youngest recipient of a Grammy, and was also the first country recording artist to win Best New Artist.
Her disc "You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart in 1997 and sold 4 million copies. Her next four albums all sold gold or platinum and charted in the Top 3.
She had a dozen Top 10 country songs, including the chart-topping "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)." She also had a No. 2 hit with a cover of The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody."
In all, she has had nine Top 10 albums, the latest being her 2013 release "Spitfire," which peaked at No. 9. The title track from her latest album hit No. 25 on the Dance chart.
The new disc is the first chapter of three Christmas albums Rimes plans to release over consecutive holiday seasons, the tour announcement said. "One Christmas -- Chapter 2" will be released in 2015 and the final album in 2016.
"I love everything about the holidays," Rimes, now 31, said in a release. "And want to share the magic and joy of the season with my fans. I look forward to playing some of my favorite Christmas classics for music lovers in an intimate, cozy setting."
In all, Rimes has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, the latest in 2008 for Album of the Year for "These Days." In 1996 she won the
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