Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is best known as a solo artist, and is a member of the Pistol Annies (alongside Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley). Lambert has been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards.
Lambert's debut album "Kerosene" (2005) was certified Platinum in the United States and produced the singles "Me and Charlie Talking", "Bring Me Down", "Kerosene", and "New Strings". All four singles reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Her second album, "Crazy ExGirlfriend", was released in early 2007. Three of its singles ("Famous in a Small Town", "Gunpowder & Lead", and "More Like Her") peaked within the top 20 on the country songs chart, with "Gunpowder & Lead" becoming her first top 10 entry in July 2008. Her third album, "Revolution", was released in September 2009. Two of its songs – "The House That Built Me" and "Heart Like Mine" – topped the Hot Country Songs chart.
2011's "Four the Record", included the singles "Baggage Claim", "Over You", "Fastest Girl in Town", "Mama's Broken Heart", and "All Kinds of Kinds". Lambert released her fifth album, "Platinum", in 2014. The record won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and the album's lead single "Automatic" reached top 5 on the Country charts. Her sixth studio album, "The Weight of These Wings", was released on November 18, 2016, and subsequently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | August 24, 2017
Miranda Lambert Teams Up With Nonprofits to Build Pet Adoption Center
in Her Hometown of Lindale, Texas
Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has partnered with Rescue Rebuild—an organization that works to rebuild, repair, and renovate animal shelters - to construct an adoption center and two dog parks in her hometown of Lindale, Texas.
The two organizations are raising funds to complete renovations to an older building donated by the City of Lindale. The new facility will include updated amenities, a meet-and-greet area for potential adopters to meet pets and two dog parks.
In addition, the City of Lindale will donate two acres of land and be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the dog parks.
“MuttNation has grown from a dream of ours into an organization that assists thousands of rescue facilities and pets,” said Miranda. “This collaboration serves as an exciting way to give back to the town where my passion for rescue pets all began.”
Construction on the adoption center and dog parks is set to begin this fall. MuttNation will match all donations dollar for dollar for the project.
by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | April 4, 2017
Miranda Lambert Pours Her Heart Into “The Weight of These Wings”—“It’s Basically Like My Diary Won Album of the Year”
Miranda Lambert may have broken a longstanding record Sunday night (April 2) when she took home the ACM Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, but it was her Album of the Year win for The Weight of These Wings that had her talking about her personal life.
After divorcing Blake Shelton in 2015, Miranda poured her heart into songs for the whole world to hear on her double-disc album.
“I really used my stories. It’s basically like my diary won Album of the Year,” Miranda said backstage after her win. “That’s what it was. My dad had the title "The Weight of These Wings" for a song and we never wrote it. So I asked permission from him to use it because I thought it was beautiful and very fitting - it was very special.”
The “Vice” singer surpassed Reba McEntire by winning her eighth Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, which is her eighth consecutive win in the category. While Miranda continues to dominate the
category, she enjoys being a voice for women in the industry, and when it’s time for the next lady to take her place, they’ll be no hard feelings from the Texas native.
“It’s a record. I think it’s eight. I can’t believe I can even say that to be honest,” Miranda said. “I’m really so thrilled that I can still help lead the charge for women in this business on any level of this business - singer/songwriters, anybody behind the scenes, managers - whatever it is, I just am so thrilled that i can keep pushing forward and keep making way for other women to do the same thing. I’ll be happy as a clam when it’s somebody else’s turn, I really will. I’m just really humbled by it.” [Photo by Jason Simanek]
by Jim Casey | July 6, 2016
Miranda Lambert Shuts Down Her Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast in Oklahoma
After splitting from Husband Blake Shelton in July 2015, Miranda Lambert put her adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Okla., in her rear view and set up shop in a $3.4 million estate in south of Nashville.
In May 2016, Miranda announced the closing of her Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomongo, and it was later revealed that ex-hubby Blake purchased the property.
Now it appears that Miranda has also moved on from her Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast in Tishomongo .
According to the website, the B&B is «under new Management».
Could Blake be the new owner of the B&B as well? It's not out of question. A recent Facebook post appears to show Blake and girlfriend Gwen Stefani standing with a group on the balcony of the Ladysmith.
Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Miranda Leigh Lambert was born November 10, 1983, in Longview, Texas, and was raised in Lindale, Texas. She was named after her great-grandmother, Lucy Miranda. Her father, Rick Lambert, was a police officer who played in a country-rock group called Contraband in the 1970s. He later became a private investigator in partnership with Miranda's mother, Beverly. She has English, Irish and Native American ancestry.
Her parents met while Bev was attending camp at Southern Methodist University and Rick was an on-campus undercover narcotics officer, and they got together a few years later. Rick is a former Dallas police officer who played in a country-rock group called Contraband in the 1970s. Rick and Bev later became private detectives and even worked on the high profile case of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. At the age of 6, Miranda began helping with some of the cases. After the oil crisis killed the economy in Texas, her family lost everything.
After the downturn, things got better and her parents began a faith-based ministry and offered their home as a shelter for the victims of domestic violence and their children. Miranda has said that this experience fueled her music and that her song "Gunpowder & Lead" is a reflection of that. While still in high school, Lambert made her professional singing debut with "The Texas Pride Band". She also fronted the house band at the Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas, a long-running venue that had presented legends such as Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, and the place where Brooks & Dunn started out as the house band.
2000-2003: Career beginnings; Nashville Star
At 16, Lambert appeared on the Johnnie High Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, the same talent show that had helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes. Lambert then acquired a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, but left the studio after she became frustrated with the "pop" type of music presented to her.
She went back to Texas in 2000 and asked her dad to teach her how to play guitar, so she could write her own songs.
In 2002, Dusty Meador hired Lambert to perform at Tye Phelps' country music restaurant and venue Love and War in Texas. Lambert continued to perform around the Texas Music Scene opening for Cooder Graw, Kevin Fowler, and Jack Ingram. In 2003, she auditioned for the talent competition Nashville Star, where she earned a third-place finish behind Buddy Jewell and John Arthur Martinez. During her 9-week stay on Nashville Star, Lambert caught the attention of the show's judge and Sony Music executive, Tracy Gershon, who later convinced the label to sign her.
2004-2008: «Kerosene» and «Crazy Ex- Girlfriend»
On September 15, 2003, she signed with Epic Records. Her debut single, "Me and Charlie Talking", co-written by her father and Heather Little, was released in summer of 2004 as the lead single to her debut album, titled "Kerosene".
The album comprised 12 songs, 11 of which she wrote or co-wrote. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, and eventually gained a Platinum certification by the RIAA for shipments of over one million copies, selling more than 930,000 copies up to July 2008. Overall, the album produced four Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts, including the title track which was a Top 20 hit.
Lambert's second album, "Crazy ExGirlfriend", was released on May 9, 2007. She wrote eight of the album's 11 tracks, including its four singles. Much of the track "Gunpowder & Lead", the album's third single and her highestcharting single, was written while she was taking a concealed handgun class in her home town.
Fady Joudah of The New Yorker said the album proved "she has talent and charisma on a par with Dolly Parton, another blond beauty who was once underestimated." In 2005, at the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Lambert won the Cover Girl "Fresh Face of Country Music Award". She was also nominated for the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 2005; in 2007, Lambert also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her single "Kerosene". She also won the Top New Female Vocalist award at the 2007 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. At the 2008 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, "Crazy ExGirlfriend" won Album of the Year.
Lambert released her third album, "Revolution", on September 29, 2009. She co-wrote 11 of the album's 15 tracks; the album also includes co-writes from Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton.
"Revolution" received significant critical praise on its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".
Rolling Stone magazine praised the album saying, "Lambert remains country's most refreshing act, and not just because she makes firearms seem like a matter-of-fact female accessory." Entertainment Weekly said, "She's found stylistic shades of songwriters twice her age..." and the album is "...a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year." Boston Globe commented that “Revolution’’ is the sound of Miranda Lambert coming into her own." Slant magazine praised the album saying, "Miranda Lambert expands on her fascinating, fully realized artistic persona ..."
Lambert debuted her new single, "Dead Flowers", at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009. It was released on May 4, 2009, and was a minor Top 40 hit on the charts. The album's second single, "White Liar", was released on August 17, 2009, and debuted at No. 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In February 2010, "White Liar" became Lambert's first Top Five hit, reaching a peak of No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "The House That Built Me," the album's third single, was released on March 8, 2010 and became a No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It stayed there for four weeks, and received platinum certification from the RIAA on July 8, 2010. "Only Prettier" followed as the album's fourth single in July 2010 and its accompanying music video went viral. The music video for "Only Prettier" featured cameo appearances by fellow country artists Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. In December 2010, "Only Prettier" reached a peak of number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Lambert her seventh Top 20 hit. "Heart Like Mine" was released in January 2011 as the fifth and final single from "Revolution". It became Lambert's second Number One hit on the country charts for the chart dated May 28, 2011.
In promotion of "Revolution", Lambert launched a headlining tour; Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars in March 2010, with stops in 22 cities and a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
On September 1, 2010, it was announced that Lambert had received a record-setting 9 CMA award nominations.
She performed at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 10, 2010. She won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and her "Revolution" won Album of the Year. Lambert and Sheryl Crow performed "Coal Miner's Daughter" as a tribute to country legend Loretta Lynn, who also entered the stage to join them and finished the song with Crow and Lambert as backup. Later that night, Lynn presented the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA award to Lambert. On February 13, 2011, Lambert won a Grammy Award in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for "The House That Built Me."
2011-2013: «Four the Record» and the Pistol Annies
On April 4, 2011, during the taping of the Academy of Country Music's 'Girls' Night Out' television special in Las Vegas, Lambert debuted her new project, girl group Pistol Annies. The group consists of Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. They released their single, "Hell on Heels", in May 2011,  and released their debut album, "Hell on Heels", on August 23, 2011, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country chart. Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker said the trio "is good enough to recall those transcendent moments of vocal harmony the Dixie Chicks used to hit every few months." Lambert's fourth studio album, "Four the Record", was released on November 1, 2011; her first album for RCA Nashville, after Sony Music Nashville announced a corporate restructuring. "Four the Record" produced five singles: "Baggage Claim", "Over You", "Fastest Girl in Town", "Mama's Broken Heart", and "All Kinds of Kinds". "Over You", which Lambert and Shelton cowrote, reached number 1 in early 2012. On February 8, 2012, Lambert made her acting debut on NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in an episode titled "Father's Shadow".
Lambert later told CMT News she was a big fan of the show: "I never wanted to act. I still don't. I don't want to be an actress. I just wanted to be on that show mainly so I could be a groupie [for their autographs]."
Late in 2012, Lambert appeared on Shelton's Christmas album "Cheers, It's Christmas", to which she contributed guest vocals on a version of "Jingle Bell Rock". The soundtrack was released on October 2, 2012. On October 23, 2012, Lambert and Dierks Bentley announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked & Reloaded Tour, beginning on January 17, 2013.
On May 7, 2013, a second Pistol Annies album, "Annie Up", was released. This album produced the group's first country chart entry with "Hush Hush". The Pistol Annies are also one of many acts featured on Blake Shelton's 2013 single "Boys 'Round Here", which went to number 1 on Country Airplay. They had previously accompanied Shelton on a rendition of "Blue Christmas" on "Cheers, It's Christmas".
"Automatic," the lead single from Lambert's fifth studio album, "Platinum", was released on February 5, 2014, to praise from music critics. The album, containing 16 songs, was released on June 3, 2014. The album's second single, "Somethin' Bad", is a duet with Carrie Underwood and was debuted on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18.
The album's third single, "Little Red Wagon", was released to country radio on January 12, 2015. The album's fourth single, "Smokin' and Drinkin'" released to country radio on June 22, 2015.
2016-present: «The Weight of These Wings»
On July 18, 2016, Lambert released "Vice" to country radio and digital outlets. Written by Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, it's the first song released since Lambert's 2014 album, "Platinum". In September, Lambert announced her sixth studio album, "The Weight of These Wings", which was released on November 18, 2016. She was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on Forever Country, a mash-up track of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "On the Road Again" and "I Will Always Love You" which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
In 2009, Lambert and two other singers, became the new faces of Cotton Inc.’s revived “The Touch, The Feel of Cotton” campaign. She has appeared in ads to promote cotton, and the website features a free download of the full version of her song, "Fabric of My Life."
In December 2014, Lambert’s line of shoes and boots were released at DSW. In November 2014, Lambert’s partnership with Chrysler's Ram trucks was announced. Under the partnership, Ram gave Lambert a customized 1500 Laramie Longhorn which she auctioned off, with proceeds going to Lambert’s Muttnation Foundation which betters the lives for shelter animals.
In 2009, Lambert opened MuttNation Foundation, with her mother, Bev. The organization focuses on rescue animals and shelters, and Lambert has been vocal about the cause being very close to her heart. The core issues MuttNation works on are:
●Adoption drives - held by Lambert at her concerts, CMA music awards, and the Grand Ole Opry ●Fill the little red wagon - donation drives ●Special circumstances - emergency disaster relief or instances of hoarding ●Cause for the Paws - annual fundraising concerts ●Mutts Across America - provides funds and support to shelters in all 50 US states ●Ran's Animal Care Express - pet transports ●Mutt March - an annual 5k with proceeds going to MuttNation causes
In 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's devastation, MuttNation rescued dozens of animals as a part of its emergency/natural disasters objective. In 2014, Lambert opened Redemption Ranch, a shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, her adopted home town where she lived with Shelton.
In 2016, Lambert paid $3.4 million for a 400-plus acre farm, with three residences, near Primm Springs, Tennessee. Following her divorce, Lambert also retained ownership of a suburban mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, purchased in 2013 for $2.258 million.
In 2006, Lambert began dating singer Blake Shelton. They got engaged in May 2010, and were married on May 14, 2011, at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. On July 20, 2015, the couple announced that they were divorcing after four years of marriage.
In December 2015, it was confirmed that Lambert was dating R&B singer Anderson East; they met at Nashville's Live on the Green Music Festival in September of that year. In April 2018, it was confirmed that Lambert and East had broken up months earlier after two years of dating. Lambert started dating Turnpike Troubadours frontman, Evan Felker, in February 2018. His estranged wife, Staci, has alleged that he left her suddenly to be with Lambert. They broke up in August 2018.
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