From ‘How Do I Live’ to Coyote Ugly, the country-pop legend reflects on her legendary career (so far) and her special connection to the LGBTQIA+ community.
WORDS BY SAM DAMSHENAS With iconic singles such as ‘Blue’, ‘How Do I Live’ and ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’, LeAnn Rimes’ hybrid country-pop sound helped define the musical landscape of the 90s and 00s.
While the Grammy winner always boasted LGBTQIA+ fans in the crowd, she won an army of queer followers with the release of the latter track, a Diane Warren-written pop banger that memorably led the soundtrack of cult musical dramedy Coyote Ugly.
Despite her roots in country, a predominantly white and cis-het genre, LeAnn tells GAY TIMES that she never hesitated to voice her support for the community. “Absolutely not,” she says. “There were so many friends of mine in country music that were gay and not out.