LeAnn Rimes seems determined to change her primary colour from Blue to … red and green.
She embraced Christmas music in a big way with a couple of mid-decade holiday recordings, and will soon embark on her sixth annual Christmas tour. But Rimes is really bringing the connection home with It’s Christmas, Eve, an upcoming Hallmark Channel movie in which she has the title role (as Eve, that is, not Christmas), and for which she’s recorded a soundtrack that was released last week.
It’s one of three original compositions she cut for the project, which represents an extra effort to bring something new to the holiday proceedings, as opposed to regifted chestnuts.
With nothing but piano accompaniment for most of the track, It’s Christmas, Eve avoids the treacle of most contemporary holiday music and harks back to the simplicity and hopeful, slightly wary wistfulness of the original Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
Rimes says she wanted to write one of those songs that immediately feels like a classic that most of us grew up listening to.
“It’s a love song of hope, togetherness and a remembrance of what’s most important in life, creating memories with the ones we love. I don’t know if I’ve yet made it through this song without crying. It tugs at my heart,” the 26-year-old singer-actress says.
“The song is beautifully woven throughout the movie until you finally hear it in its entirety. Filming the scene where I sang the song was incredibly emotional for me. When the director yelled ‘cut’ I could see that the whole crew was crying with me.”
The film, in which Rimes plays an interim school superintendent charged with shutting down a school music programme, is her first starring role since she played opposite Burt Reynolds in the 2011 movie Reel Love, although she was recently seen on the big screen in a cameo in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
Earlier this year, she released a Re-Imagined EP consisting of contemporary, largely dance-oriented remakes of her earliest hits, including Blue, How Do I Live and Can’t Fight The Moonlight. – Reuters