06/21/2005 AT 09:00 AM EDT
LeAnn Rimes is back on the road after her summer tour and a CMA Music Festival appearance had to be put on hold so she could recover from an injury to one of her vocal cords and an unspecified dental procedure.
"I look at it in a positive way – I got some good vocal rest," the singer, 22, tells the Associated Press from her tour bus as it was heading for Saturday night's concert in Santa Fe, N.M.
In April, Rimes – whose latest album, This Woman was released in January – was ordered not to speak for two weeks after a coughing fit during a bout with bronchitis burst a blood vessel in one of her vocal cords. Last month, she was told she needed immediate dental surgery.
"When your passion's almost stripped from you, at least for a couple of weeks, you realize how much you do love what you do. I guess I have a little more drive now than I ever have," Rimes said.
Scheduled stops on her tour include Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Atlanta.