LeAnn Rimes Holds Benefit Concert for Tornado Victims
By Antoinette Bueno
NewlywedsLeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are doing some good. On the heels of their honeymoon in Mexico, the couple put together an acoustic concert to benefit recent tornado victims.
"We wanted to reach out to the victims. ... A lot of these small towns, people don't have houses with shelters," LeAnn says in an interview with the Florida-Times Union. "They're living in what they can afford. It's terrifying. Where do they go? It's heartbreaking."
LeAnn herself is no stranger to the destruction tornadoes can cause, having lived through three tornadoes, one when she was just 7 years old in Garland, Texas.
"My grandmother pulled me into a closet, and I literally saw the roof pick up, turn sideways and sit back down catty-corner back on the house," she remembers. "Every window in the front of the house was blown out, and the pillow I was sleeping on had a huge shard of glass through it. Ever since I've been terrified of tornadoes."
She shares that her intimate acoustic set will only feature her and a two-piece band.
"It's really stripped down, but it's so much fun," she says. "People want to hear my voice
– that's the reason why they come. It's me and a guitar and beautiful percussion, like we're in your living room. It takes on a new vibe for sure, but it's a great vibe."
"An Evening with LeAnn Rimes" presented by Jonathan Jaxson takes place this Sunday at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Florida, and will be co-hosted by her husband Eddie. It includes a silent auction of memorabilia from Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Kim Kardashian, Reba McEntire and the cast of "Glee." Tickets are $65 and $100. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit her blog dedicated exclusively to the benefit.