Miranda Lambert

  • Country singer/songwriter born in 1983 in Longview Texas.
  • As a teenager, she started singing with a band called The Texas Pride Band. When she was 16, she appeared on the Johnnie High Country Music Revue, and soon after she went to Nashville to record some demos. However, she left Nashville without making the demos, because she felt the music she was presented with was too pop. She went back to Texas and asked her father to teach her how to play guitar, so she could write her own songs.
  • By 2002, she was playing at venues in Texas, and in 2003, she performed in a Nashville talent show, where she placed third. A record executive liked her, and Lambert was signed to a label.
  • In 2004, she released a single, Me and Charlie Talking, which peaked at #27 on the country chart. It was a great intro for her debut album from 2005, Kerosene, which was an immediate hit, reaching #1 on the Country chart and #18 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It ultimately sold over 1 million copies, with 4 singles landing on the country chart, including the title track Kerosene, which was her first top 20 hit, and which sold over 1 million copies as a single.
  • Her next album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was released in 2007. It too reached #1 on the country chart. Its highest charting single was Gunpowder & Lead, her first top 10 hit.
  • Her biggest selling album was 2009’s Revolution. By now, her songs were charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, showing her crossover success. Critics universally lauded the album. Lambert had 2 singles reach #1 on the country chart from this album – The House That Built Me and Heart Like Mine. At the CMA Awards the following year, Lambert set a record with 9 award nominations, winning Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. The single The House That Built Me also won a Grammy award for Lambert.
  • Her next album, Four The Record, was released in 2011. She again quickly hit #1 on the country chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The song Over You hit #1, while Mama’s Broken Heart sold 2 million copies, and peaked at #2.
  • Also in 2011, Lambert started an all-woman country band, The Pistol Annies, along with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. They’ve release 2 albums that have been very popular with country music fans.
  • She released 2 more solo albums – Platinum in 2014 and The Weight of These Wings in 2016. Platinum was her first album to hit #1 on both the country chart and the Billboard 200 album chart. Her biggest hit from these records was Somethin’ Bad, recorded with Carrie Underwood. Both albums were considered among the best country albums of the year, with Platinum receiving a Grammy award and Weight of These Wings winning album of the year from the Academy of Country Music.
  • In 2019, she released her album Wildcard. The album won the 2021 Grammy award for Best Country Album. The single Bluebird from the album reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart. In 2018, she was the featured artist on Jason Aldean’s single Drowns the Whiskey, which also topped the Country Airplay chart.
  • In 2018, the Academy of Country Music selected her as Female Vocalist of the Year for the 9th consecutive year, surpassing Reba McEntire for this honor. Alas, she was finally knocked from the top spot in 2019 by Kacey Musgraves.
  • Lambert was married to country music superstar Blake Shelton in 2011. They were divorced in 2015. She remarried in 2019 to a New York City cop.
  • One could easily argue that Miranda Lambert is the biggest force in country music today – female or male. She has stuck with the classic country music style that she started with over 10 years ago. Kinda refreshing to see a country music person stay with the genre. Here is a performance of Tin Man, which she wrote just after her divorce. She won Song of the Year for this song at the ACM awards in 2018.

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