The superstar has officially dropped her 19th studio album, god's work, which comes at an important year in her life. Rimes recently turned 40 years old and is officially celebrating 26 years in the music industry.
"god's work is really an album that takes a look at the way we live in this duality of life. The title was reclaiming the word 'God' for myself. I like to say you can insert 'love.' It's love's work, it's creation's work. For me, this album was very powerful to create," Rimes tells Out.
After a tumultuous two years for everyone, Rimes took her raw emotions and brought them into the studio.
"It took me on a ride of unearthing so many different complex emotions," Rimes explains. "There's a lot of joy on this record. There's a lot of hope and there's a lot of grief. There's a lot of anger and rage. It really allowed me to tap into these emotions that were, especially for a woman in this world, not appropriate and not pretty. I really wanted to draw from that and give words to some of the things that we were feeling as human beings."
The album not only served as a creative outlet, but also offered Rimes the opportunity to deeply relate and connect with her fans around the world.
"I feel like part of my gift is I help people feel. I help myself feel at the same time. I get really emotional about it because it is something that connects us all... these feelings, this shared experience. When people listen to this record, I'm hoping it opens up all those parts that they may be hiding or they may be suppressing."
The singer has always used her voice to advocate for minorities, particularly women and the LGBTQ+ community.
"I have had so many incredible fans from the LGBTQ+ community and I feel their love. I hope they feel mine," she says. "I know what it's like to feel left out, to feel like you don't belong, to feel like you have to hide yourself in order to be loved, and I'm so over it. I hope everybody else is too. We are all so deeply connected."
Rimes brings her vocal abilities to the forefront on god's work, with the powerful ballad "spaceship" serving as the first track.
"We open this record with a song called 'spaceship,' which is like the ultimate cry. I break it down at the beginning, then I build you back up. It's in my DNA to make you cry right off the bat. We start you off with a heartbreak and then we build you back up."
Speaking of coming up, the now 40-year-old singer is reflecting on her impressive career going all the way to 1997 when she won two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at just 14 years old.
"I do feel like my greatest accomplishment has been surviving this whole craziness and not only surviving, but feeling like I'm thriving now in my life. Back in the day, winning Grammys at 14, I just thought this was normal. To think of what I was doing at that age is mind-blowing. I have a great appreciation for that little girl. She survived a lot."
god's work is available now on all platforms. To check out the full interview with LeAnn Rimes, watch the video below.