Pop and country music artist LeAnn Rimes returns with her 19th studio album god's work. The new record, as the title suggests, finds Rimes returning to her spiritual roots. Rimes was raised Southern Baptist, but she had felt frustrated by the hypocrisy of many Christians. In 2012, it was reported that Rimes had attended Life Change Community Church in California along with reality TV star Kim Kardashian. However, after years of struggling, she is back to "reclaim god."
"I kind of ran from the word God for a long time," Rimes told Forbes. "I was raised Southern Baptist and my frustration was we're brought up with these messages of love, acceptance, community and forgiveness, but no one's living them to the fullest."
She added that her upbringing in the church led her to "question how we're allowing creation to work through us for a better world," adding that she wanted her new music to help bring people together by providing "hope and healing."
"God can mean different things to different people. To me, it inserts the word 'love,' the word 'creation,'" Rimes continued. "I saw somewhere where people were saying it's called god's work, so it's a religious record. It's whatever it is to you."
"Art is so subjective, and we project upon what we hear through our own experience. Whatever it moves in you, whatever you hear, that's what it is."
Stylizing the word god with a lowercase g was international for Rimes as it represents her own evolving journey with the concept of god. "The idea was to really dig into the duality of life, and I needed to be at the place I am in my life now in order to release this record whole-heartedly. It's so empowering that I am finally there."