Country music artist LeAnn Rimes returns to the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, La. on Friday, July 15. Tickets are $45-$60 each and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, March 11 at all Ticketmaster outlets. Photo by Tommy Mann Jr.

By Tommy Mann Jr. – For The Record

The Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles has been open for more than one year now, and the first music artist which opened its concert facility is returning.

LeAnn Rimes will perform inside the Grand Event Center of the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, La. on Friday, July 15. Tickets are $45-$60 for ages 21 and older and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, March 11 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the HEB Plus on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, online at www.ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Rimes, 33, exploded onto the country music scene in 1996 with her debut single, “Blue,” from the album of the same name. The song debuted at number three on the pop charts and the album sold more than 120,000 copies in its first week of release, all while Rimes was just 13-years old.

Since that time, Rimes has won two Grammy Awards, including the first ever “Best New Artist” accolade ever won by a country artist. She has won a dozen Billboard Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music honors and an American Music Award, while selling nearly 40 million albums around the world.

Along with “Blue,” Rimes is best known for hit songs such as “I Need You,”

Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” “How Do I Live Without You,” and “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way.”

Rimes most recent studio album was “Spitfire,” which was released in April of 2013. The album peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and number 9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

According to her official website, www.leannrimesworld.com, Rimes states that 2016 will see the release of new music and new tour, where fans can “request songs” for the tour dates and where “no two shows will be the same this year.”