Saturday, February 18, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Lee Ann Womack

Artist:Lee Ann Womack
Song:I Hope You Dance
Album:Greatest Hits

I Hope You Dance is the signature song and only number one country music hit for Lee Ann Womack. It also crossed over to pop. Her career seems to have stalled. She hasn't released an album since 2008. She was born Aug. 19, 1966 in Jacksonville, TX. Her father was a DJ. Her original plan was to get into the business end of country music. While attending Belmont University in Nashville, she was an A & R intern at MCA Records. She got married. She had a daughter in 1991. The marriage broke up. Lee Ann signed a publishing deal in 1995. And after a couple of her songs were recorded by others, she auditioned for MCA Records and signed a record deal. She released her debut CD in 1997 and The Fool was a top five country hit. There was some concern that folks would confuse her with LeAnn Rimes but it wasn't a problem. Her 1998 CD Some Things I Know had two top five hits. But then she hit it big with her 2000 CD I Hope You Dance. Not only did it top the country chart but it reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. She had also married producer Frank Liddell and had her second daughter. Of course country music purists criticized the song for being too pop. I Hope You Dance was written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. Sanders is a veteran Nashville songwriter. This is his biggest hit and he also won a Best Song Grammy. Tia Sillers usually performs with her blues musician husband Mark Selby. The vocal group Sons Of The Desert perform the harmony vocals. Lee Ann Womack's subsequent albums haven't done as well. You can get all her hits on this budget comp. Her most recent CD Call Me Crazy was released in 2008. Apparently there were plans for new music in 2010 but nothing has been released. Her song Liars Lie appeared in the 2010 film Country Strong. This indicates that she may be having record company issues but there is no news to report. I think she's a very good singer but she's 45 now. Time's a-wastin'. Here's the video for I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. And her daughters appear in the video.

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