Lianne Rhimes: Guns have more rights than women in America

Lianne Rhimes: Guns have more rights than women in America

When Lianne Rhimes says, “I’m not in the chatty group,” she’s speaking seriously. And it soon became clear to me in my phone conversation with the singer from her home in Los Angeles that she was a different person from the rest of the glamorous pop stars, who would rather delve into big issues than repeat hollow words. Over the past two years, the singer, actress, and megastar has taken the same step as other pop stars: she launched a podcast, but her blog is deeper than most.

On her podcast Wholly Human, Rhimes delves deeper into the human psyche and, often, her personal emotional wounds. “Every episode is a form of psychotherapy,” she says with a laugh, noting that the concept of sharing her heart with strangers may not be as difficult as it seems.

“I’m very curious. I simply wanted to have a space to connect with people and learn by their side on a human level.”

Given that she reached child stardom and ditched the ordinary teenage life, replacing it with celebrity aloofness, Rhimes’ need to connect is understandable. The Mississippi-born, Texas-born singer turned 40 last month, but rose to global fame when she was just 13.

Her influential version of the 1950s country classic “Blue” was a fantastical success, followed by her narrative song “How Do I Live” which also became a hit in 1997. At 14, she was the youngest solo artist to win a Grammy Award. , in the Best New Artist category, and the following year she became the first country singer to win Female Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards. But fame has its toll. She reflects on the subject and says, “I grew up as the ‘little girl with the big voice’. But many aspects of my humanity were neglected.”

Rhimes has always been excited to show other sides of her personality. “Yes, I have a great voice, and yes I am a songwriter and I make art, but I want to share a lot with people,” she says. There is no doubt that she really does share a lot on her 15th album, “God’s Work,” with its penetrating lyrics that convey a deep awareness of the reality of struggle and acceptance. On the other hand, thanks to its “in-depth conversations”, the Whole Human podcast addressed the unquenchable curiosity of Rhimes’ character. Among the guests participating in the podcast so far are life skills coach Marta Beck, motivational speaker Mel Robbins, and writer Bettany Webster.

Rhimes and Webster argued on “Wounding the Mother”, the theory that the relationship with the mother affects all other relationships in a person’s life. It is an episode that Rhimes considers particularly difficult and calls her relationship with her mother “psychologically traumatic.” “It was a very intense and difficult conversation,” Rhimes now says. She gasps as she confesses on the podcast, “I thought I was mirroring my problems with my father to my husband – and I just realized it was not my problems with my father but with my mother.”

Rhimes and her mother bonded when they moved to California in 1997 after her parents divorced. Then, in 2000, Rhimes was embroiled in a lawsuit against her father, Wilbur C. Rhimes, and her former manager, Lyle Walker, alleging that they had stolen nearly $7m (£6.16m) of her revenue over the previous five years. Because Rhimes was underage at the time, her mother, Belinda Rhimes, filed the suit on her behalf.

Although her case is not as severe as that of Britney Spears’s father, there are clear similarities between the two experiences. “There’s no doubt I see a lot of similarities,” says Rhimes, who is only nine months younger than Spears. Not only did the two appear together in the late 1990s pop era, and their unconventional relationship with their parents, but the two shared one struggle in a business where young women often feel they are for sale.

“When she’s in the spotlight, everyone wants to financially benefit from it in the end,” Rhimes says. “She turns into a commodity rather than a human and that breaks my heart. I was in the same position and experienced many similar things. I sympathize with her to the utmost.”

The duo don’t have a close relationship, but Rhimes feels the need to protect her fellow artist anyway. “I just saw news of the interview her ex-husband and his family were going to give her, and the first thought that came to my mind was ‘Leave the poor lady alone! She’s been through enough ordeals!'” she says.

Rhimes does not hesitate to admit that childhood success is terrifying. “Nobody can bring you to fame, especially with the way that I achieved rapid success at a very young age,” she says. “I was never ready for that.” At the height of its success, it delivered 500 reviews in three and a half years. And all this happened before the release of the song [الشهيرة] Can’t Fight the Moonlight.

The song that appeared in the movie “Coyote Ugly” – in which she also played her character in reality – was a huge hit, but after its release, Rhimes was ready to step away and relax. She recalls that time, “I’ve never promoted that song. I’ve never been on TV by the time the song topped the charts in 11 countries. It’s been eight months and I’m saying ‘I’m done with this, I can’t do more of it.'” ‘”.

This all happened in conjunction with Reims’ involvement in the lawsuit against her father and the production company. An album containing a collection of Rymes’ earlier songs, I Need You, was released in January 2001 to help her fulfill her contractual obligations, but she quickly disowned it. She was eventually able to become independent and work alone in 2002. The album, “Twisted Angel,” became Rymes’ first release away from her father’s business management firm, and the first not to be his producer. Rhimes has taken the title of executive producer for herself.

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During the same year, Rhimes married professional dancer Dean Sheremet. The album “The Perverted Angel” was followed by four albums released during the first decade of the 21st century until Rhimes topped the headlines of scandal newspapers again, nearly a decade after her judicial battle, with the news of her having a romantic relationship with Eddie Cibrian, her co-star in the television movie. Northern Lights in 2009. In 2014, the couple, who married in 2011, appeared on VH1 as part of their reality show.

Rhimes commented on this by saying, “Our news spread a lot in the newspapers, and our way of controlling our story was ourselves. Either you collapse under the pressure this matter puts on you, or you try to deal with the matter with a sense of humor and I think that was our way of making fun of everything.”

However, it is unlikely that Rhimes will return to the stride of reality TV stardom. “Do we get the ball back? Never!”

In 2019, Rhimes released an even stranger collab, lent her powerful vocals to “See You In Hell”, an extravagant rock-progressive anthem released on Taylor Hawkins and the Cotail’s Got the Money. Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders in 2019. Later this month she will perform at a concert in Los Angeles in honor of the much-loved drummer. [تايلور هوكينز], who was a member of the Foo Fighters, before he passed away earlier this year. Rhimes may be one of the strangest names at the party, but she was actually a close friend of Hawkins. They are neighbors in Los Angeles and found a common denominator in both growing up in Texas.

“I saw him almost daily, either riding his bike or walking with his wife,” Rhimes says. “Our children went to the same school.” After Hawkins watched Rhimes’ performance at a school event, he reached out to her and brought up the topic of cooperation. “He said, ‘Oh my God, we have to work together.'” To be honest, he was one of the kindest, most generous people you’d ever meet in your life, and one of the most humble. He was filled with joy.

Since winning the 2020 season of The Masked Singer, in which she starred as the lovable Sun, Rhimes has been fully focused on her creative projects. Besides the podcast, she worked on her album “Work of God” which was released six years after the 2016 album “Remnants”. “It probably took as long as I needed in my life to release an album,” Rhimes says of her latest album. “I wasn’t stuck in my pen, but I wasn’t inspired,” she explains. Either way, because of the hardships of COVID-19, Rhimes has been able to gain a new perspective. “As a creative profession, I let life and the course of events influence me.”

It is believed that one of the songs in particular, “Wild”, is a feminist cry – co-sung by country star Mickey Jetton, and played by the legendary Sheila E on the drums – relating to the recent setback in women’s reproductive rights. A long time”. “When people listen to the song here in America, they think I wrote it about it,” she says [حكم المحكمة العليا بإلغاء حق الإجهاض]. But I deny it, although there is no doubt that it applies to this situation!”

Although the song was recorded long before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the right to abortion is still a very important issue for Rhimes. “This isn’t a new story,” she says. “It’s been happening since the dawn of history, when we as women were prevented from being entirely the ladies of our selves in this world. At this point, here in America, guns have more rights than women.” “I hope this album will make people think and wonder. Do I really believe everything I’m told? How can I express myself in a more loving and empathetic way? I hope to leave something of that thinking in the world, through this kind of album.”

The album “Work of God” was released on September 16

Posted in The Independent on September 17, 2022

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