3/15/2006 Houston-- LeAnn Rimes has performed at the Houston Rodeo four times out of the past six years. When she made her debut on the old Astrodome state she was still a child prodigy. Monday's performance showed her maturity as a singer. While she may have appeared in the past, this was the debut for wife and goodwill ambassador LeAnn Rimes as a woman of county music who has founded her own sound.
Opening the show with more pop-oriented and less known songs like Big Deal and Commitment, LeAnn Rimes confidently followed it with three songs from her newest album, This Woman. The nearly acoustic "Something's Gotta Give" gave way to the melancholy of "Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sense", two songs that deal with relationship obstacles with the maturity she has earned, not the puppy love histrionics of a child crush.
Midway through the show, Rimes performed her three early career big singles, "Blue" , "How Do I Live", and "Can't Fight the Moonlight" from the movie "Coyote Ugly". Her pleasant voice and her emotions put into every song gave the audience plenty to cheer. As majestic as her performance, her exit was just as spectacular with fireworks and Rimes sitting in the back of a convertible with a standing ovation by the crowd.