Although LeAnn Rimes came to prominence as the 13-year-old singer of the stone-country hit "Blue," she has routinely kept one foot in the pop genre in the 20 years since her breakthrough smash "How Do I Live," in 1997. Rimes' latest single "Love Is Love Is Love – the title is stylized "LovE Is LovE Is LovE" as a play on her first name – is a funky dance-floor filler built around the idea that Rimes says in the song's first verse is her "unoriginal epiphany."
Penned by Rimes with frequent collaborator, Grammy-winning songwriter Darrell Brown ("You'll Think of Me," Keith Urban), Lindy Robbins (Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper") and Toby Gad (Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy"), "Love Is Love Is Love" borrows its title from a memorable line in the sonnet written by Tony-winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and recited in tribute to the victims of the 2016 massacre at an Orlando nightclub that left 50 dead. The song is, at its heart, a plea for tolerance and understanding, with Rimes suggesting to "hate the hate but love the hater, they'll come around sooner or later."
"These last few albums, I've found a new connection with music as a songwriter," Rimes tell Rolling Stone Country. "I'm much more vulnerable and able to connect with the humanity of myself and everyone else… as an artist, as a woman, as a songwriter. There's so much growth that's happening."
Noting her sizable gay fan base, Rimes reveals that her next musical venture could be one tailor-made for dance clubs, where even a number of her country hits have found new life.
"I had a dance record a couple of years ago with all my dance mixes on it," says Rimes. "I've always actually wanted to create a record from the ground up as a dance record. So, I think we're going to embark on that. I just had my, I think, second or third Number One on the dance chart, so it's definitely a playground where I'd like to explore and play in and see what happens."
Remnants is available now.