Braiden Sunshine of Lyme to Open for LeAnn Rimes


On May 19, LeAnn Rimes will perform at the Garde Theater in New London. Braiden Sunshine of Lyme will open for her.

LYME/NEW LONDON – The Garde Arts Center has announced that LeAnn Rimes will perform with opener Braiden Sunshine at the Garde Theater at 325 State Street in New London on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. as part of the story…so far tour.

Tickets range from $39-$85 and are available at  

LeAnn Rimes is an international multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. She has sold more than 48 million units globally, won 2 Grammy® Awards; 12 Billboard Music Awards; 2 World Music Awards; 3 Academy of Country Music Awards; 2 Country Music Association Awards and one Dove Award.

Out of the 63 singles she has released throughout her expansive career, Rimes’s ballad “How Do I Live” holds the record as Billboard’s Hot 100 all-time #1 hit by a female artist and currently ranks #6 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Songs” list.

Passionate about using her voice to help heal the world, Rimes was honored with the Ally of Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign for her over 20 years of support of equal rights, the 2019 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy, and 2009 ACM Humanitarian Award, among other recognitions.

On May 19, Braiden Sunshine form Lyme will open for Leann Rimes at The Garde in New London.

Braiden Sunshine is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Lyme, Conn. Captivated by music early on in life, Sunshine started performing professionally at 8-years-old and by the age of 14 had already performed at over 350 shows with his bands. 

At age 15, Sunshine auditioned for and was a Semi-Finalist on NBC’s ‘The Voice’. Since season 9 of  ‘The Voice’ in 2015, Braiden has been routinely speaking at Middle and High schools for assemblies and workshops. He finds that the most gratifying part of his entire career as a musician is giving back to the community, and helping other kids follow their dreams. 

Whether he’s singing a powerful heartfelt ballad, a soothing and winding story, or a funky blues progression to get down to, you always feel the intention and emotion that Sunshine brings to the table. Recently, Sunshine has been in the studio, preparing to release a few new singles coming early this summer to all major streaming services.

When he is not writing or recording his own music, Sunshine is doing the same with his new band ‘The Soul Factory’, a nine-piece soul and funk band. Sunshine says he is incredibly honored to have the opportunity to open for LeAnn Rimes in his home music scene of New London at the Garde Arts Theater Center,.

Editor’s Note:The Garde Arts Center, founded in 1985, is Southeastern Connecticut’s nonprofit home for the performing arts, cinema, and education.  Its diverse presenting program includes touring Broadway musicals, dance, opera, symphony orchestra, contemporary music, variety acts, school time performances, film, and civic events.

In 2022, the Garde singly received the Outstanding Historic Theater in America award by the League of Historic American Theaters.

Located in the heart of downtown New London, the Garde Arts Center saved, restored, and now operates the historic 1425-seat Moroccan-designed Garde Theater, built in 1926 as a movie place and vaudeville theater.  The Garde owns a city block of adjacent buildings which include the 100-seat Oasis Room, the Garde, Mercer, and Meridian Buildings, and a cottage that houses the Title IX Bookstore.

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