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article imageReview: LeAnn Rimes mesmerizes The Paramount with magnificent vocals Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 30, 2016 in Music
Huntington - On June 29, Grammy-winning country star LeAnn Rimes performed at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island with Shotgun Wedding as her opening act.
Rimes began her eclectic set with a powerhouse version of "Commitment," as she was backed by two acoustic guitars, instantly luring her fans into her musical world. "Thank you so much," Rimes said. "How's it going everyone?"
The songstress went on to praise The Paramount for being an "awesome" venue. "I love to play at this place. It feels like ya'll are in my living room."
She picked up the pace with the sassy Nothin' Better To Do," and after a sip of water, she shared that she has been in the music industry for 20 years. She went on to deliver a superb rendition of the liberating "One Way Ticket," which was her first chart-topping single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
"Thank you for 20 years," she told her fans, and went on to dedicate her signature song, the ballad "How Do I Live" to a fan in the audience named Michael. It was followed by a soaring version of her Grammy-winning "Blue," which showcased the clarity and versatility of her voice.
She listed Patsy Cline, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand as three of her greatest female musical inspirations in life, and she tipped her hat to the late Cline with a medley of her hits that included "Leavin' on Your Mind," "Walkin' After Midnight," "Crazy" and "Sweet Dreams," all of which garnered a warm reception from the crowd.
Rimes noted that at the age of 10 or 11 years old, she got into the music of Janis Joplin, and paid tribute to both Joplin and veteran singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson (who penned the classic tune) by belting out "Me and Bobby McGee."
She continued with a breathtaking rendition of the love ballad "I Need You," which was sheer perfection, as she proved to be one true song stylist with her moving acoustic interpretation.
Rimes acknowledged that she is excited about her life at the moment, where she is appreciative of everything and noted that she is starting a new chapter. She inked a record deal in the United Kingdom and she remarked, "Music is in my blood and part of my spirit." She covered Brandi Carlile's signature tune "The Story," which she began a cappella, and she maintained tremendous control over her crystalline vocals.
She claimed "Family" as one of her personal favorite songs that she has written due to its vulnerability and its autobiographical nature. It was an upbeat, spitfire performance, where the audience was clapping along towards the end.
After the infectious "Something's Gotta Give," she treated the Long Island crowd to a neat version of "Can't Fight the Moonlight," prior to closing with a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man," which she incorporated as a sing-along, with The Paramount fans singing "I think it's going to be a long, long time." In return, Rimes complimented them for being "fantastic."
She returned for an encore, where a male fan greeted her with a bouquet of roses, and she delivered a heartfelt version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," for which she earned a standing ovation, before she was even done singing. Rimes blew the audience a kiss and wished everybody a good night as she expressed her gratitude.
The Verdict
Overall, LeAnn Rimes was a dream tonight at The Paramount. Her mellifluous vocals were expressive and captivating, and simply too good to be mortal. She was able to make a strong connection with her listenign audience, and they loved her in return. Whoever has yet to see Rimes perform live ought to add a ticket to her shows on their bucket list. One will certainly not be disappointed. She earned 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on country darling LeAnn Rimes and her upcoming tour dates, check out her official website.
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