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Lee Ann Womack

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Lee Ann Womack (born August 19, 1966, in Jacksonville, Texas) is a country music artist who may best be known for her 2000 crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance”.

Her 1997 self-titled debut album brought her onto the country music scene as a herald of a more neotraditional country music sound, in a genre that had begun to sound more pop-oriented with the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill and Shania Twain topping the charts. The hits from that first album were “Never Again, Again”, “The Fool” and “You’ve Got To Talk To Me.”

Her second album, 1998’s Some Things I Know, set the tone for what the pop oriented direction of country music sought to encapsulate in the late 1990s. It brought us “A Little Past Little Rock”, “(Now You See Me) Now You Don’t” and “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later”, while her third and possibly most successful album to date, 2000’s I Hope You Dance, featured, along with the award-winning aforementioned title cut (to which Sons of the Desert supplied the backing vocals) also featured the hits “Why They Call It Falling” and “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger” as well as covers of the 1980 Rodney Crowell hit “Ashes By Now”, and the Don Williams’ 1981 classic, “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good.”

Womack’s fourth album, Something Worth Leaving Behind, released in 2002, was seen by many as an attempt by her to cross over to the very pop-sound of which she was the antithesis five years earlier. The title cut and “Forever Everyday” were the only two singles released. Both went into the top 40 country chart.

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