Miranda Lambert is a well-known American country music singer and songwriter. Her father ran a private investigation agency and sang for a country rock band called ‘Contraband.’ Young Miranda started singing for the ‘Texas Pride Band’ when she was in high school. She was given an opportunity to audition at Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 16. However, she preferred country music to pop and took to playing the guitar and writing her own songs. She has seven studio albums and one individual album to her credit. A two-time ‘Grammy Award’ winner, she has also won the Cover Girl’s ‘Fresh Face of Country Music Award.’ She is also the first female artist to win two ‘Country Music Association Awards’ for ‘Album of the Year.’ Miranda Lambert holds the record for winning the ‘ACM Award’ for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ for nine consecutive years. She has appeared in a couple of television series, including ‘Law & Order.’ She has also endorsed products like ‘Cotton Inc.’ Her marriage to fellow country singer Blake Shelton lasted four years. Later, she dated Anderson East and Evan Felker. In 2019, she got married to NYPD Officer Brendan McLoughlin. She is often counted among top contemporary country singers.
Childhood & Early Life
Miranda Leigh Lambert was born on 10 November 1983, in Longview, Texas, USA, to Rick and Beverly Lambert. Her father was a cop; he was also part of a local country rock group called ‘Contraband.’ She grew up in Lindale where her mother ran a private investigating agency, which was later partnered by her father. She is of English, Irish, and Native American decent.
Miranda entered her first country music talent show at the age of 10 and started professional singing while still in high school. She made her singing debut with the ‘Texas Pride Band’ and also sang for a house band in Reo Palm Isle, Longview, Texas. She was influenced by legends like Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, who also started their respective career in house bands.
She launched her professional career with her performance at the ‘Johnnie High Country Music Revue’ in Arlington, Texas, after which she was given a recording session at Nashville, Tennessee. However, she said that she was not ready to go into recording at that stage.
Her love for country music, which she grew up listening to in Texas, prompted her to ask her father to teach her to play the guitar. Soon, she also began writing her own songs. By 2002, she had started performing country music at local restaurants. She then became part of the Texas country music scene with full financial support from her parents.
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In 2003, she took part in a talent competition called ‘Nashville Star’ where she finished second runner-up. During her audition, she caught the attention of Tracy Gershon who later got her signed with ‘Sony Records.’
Her debut single ‘Me and Charlie Talking,’ which was a tale on puppy love, was co-written by her father and released through ‘Epic Records’ in 2003. It became the lead song of her debut album ‘Kerosene,’ which was released in 2005. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard ‘Top Country Albums’ chart and was nominated for a ‘Grammy Award.’ It was also certified platinum by RIAA for selling over one million copies.
She toured with Keith Urban, George Strait, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith after the release of her first album. She then worked on her second album titled ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ which released in May 2007. It was adjudged the ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2008 ‘Academy of Country Music Awards.’
Her third album ‘Revolution’ was released in 2009. For the album, she wrote 11 out of the 15 tracks with fellow country singer Blake Shelton. The album’s second single ‘White Liar’ became her first song to reach the top five position on the ‘US Billboard Hot Country Songs’ chart. She performed her new single ‘Dead Flowers’ at the 44th ‘Annual Academy of Country Music Awards’ in April 2009.
In order to promote her album, she toured 22 cities as part of her show titled ‘Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars.’ She also performed at the ‘Bonnaroo Music Festival.’ In 2011, she won a ‘Grammy Award’ under the ‘Best Female Country Vocal Performance’ category for ‘The House That Built Me.’
Her fourth studio album ‘Four the Record’ released in November 2011. The album had five singles that reached number one on the charts. She also did 33 shows as part of her ‘Locked & Reloaded’ tour with Dierks Bentley during this period.
Miranda launched her girl group ‘Pistol Annies’ that released their first single ‘Hell on Heels’ in August 2011. Their album ‘Annie Up’ was released in 2013 and became a hit. Her fifth studio album titled ‘Platinum’ released in 2014. The album received the ‘Best Country Album’ award at the 2015 ‘Grammy Awards.’
In March 2016, she made her first appearance outside USA and Canada when she toured England, Scotland, and Ireland with Dwight Yoakam, Thomas Rhett, and Ashley Monroe. Her sixth album ‘The Weight of These Wings’ released the same year.
She teamed up with her band ‘Pistol Annies’ and released their third studio album ‘Interstate Gospel’ in 2018. It got nominated for ‘Best Country Album’ at the 62nd ‘Grammy Awards,’ a first for ‘Pistol Annies.
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In November 2019, she released her seventh studio album ‘Wildcard,’ which was followed by the ‘Wildcard Tour’ in early 2020.
She made her acting debut with NBC’s legal drama ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in an episode titled ‘Father’s Show.’ She has also been part of a number of endorsements for companies, such as ‘Cotton Inc.’
Lambert has seven studio albums to her credit. These include ‘Kerosene’ (2005), ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (2007), ‘Revolution’ (2009), ‘Platinum’ (2014), ‘The Weight of These Wings’ (2016), and ‘Wildcard’ (2019).
She also has an independent album titled ‘Miranda Lambert’ (2001).
She has made brief appearances in television series, such as ‘Law & Order,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘CMT Cross Country.’
Awards & Achievements
In 2005, she won Cover Girl’s ‘Fresh Face of Country Music Award’ at the 40th ‘Annual Academy of Country Music Awards’ in Las Vegas.
Miranda Lambert has 16 ‘Grammy’ nominations, out of which she has won the coveted award twice.
She is the first female artist to win the ‘Country Music Association Award’ for ‘Album of the Year’ twice.
She also holds the record for winning the ‘ACM Award’ for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ for nine consecutive years from 2010 to 2019.
Personal Life & Legacy
Miranda dated fellow country music singer Blake Shelton for five years. They got married in May 2011 at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. However, they separated four years later and went their separate ways.
Following her divorce, she retained the ownership of her suburban mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. She later purchased a farm house near Primm Springs, Tennessee for $3.4 million.
She went on to date R&B singer Anderson East whom she met at the ‘Green Music Festival’ in September 2015. She broke up with East after two years of dating. She then briefly dated American singer Evan Felker.
In January 2019, Miranda tied the knot with New York City Police Department Officer Brendan McLoughlin in Davidson County, Tennessee.
Although she did not want to act, she appeared in ‘Law & Order’ as she is a fan of the series and wanted to be a part of it.
In 2016, she was put on forced vocal rest by her doctor. Hence, she had to cancel her ‘Keeper of the Flame’ tour in the USA.
She is the founder of ‘Lambert’s Muttnation’ which supports better lives for sheltered animals.
She loves outdoor life. She learnt to use guns from her father and has gone on deer hunting with him.