The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six.
She was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, and was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5.
The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style.
When she released her second studio album in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade.
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached No.