Miranda Leigh Lambert is an American country music singer and songwriter. Outside of her solo career, she is a member of the Pistol Annies alongside Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.
Her own family supported her efforts, helping to finance and promote her first recording, an independent self-titled CD, in 2001. Two years later, Lambert got a big break when she passed the auditions for a new country music reality show, Nashville Star. She moved to the country music capital to compete for a recording contract among other prizes. While she didn’t win, Lambert still landed a major label contract with Sony Music after becoming the show’s second runner-up. “I was hoping not to win,” she said in a statement on her website. “The winner had to go in right after the contest and make a record in a couple of weeks, and I wasn’t ready.”
In 2004, Lambert released the single “Me and Charlie Talking,” an up-tempo tale of puppy love. It was a modest hit and was soon followed by her first major label album, Kerosene (2005). After the album’s release, Lambert went on tours with George Strait and Keith Urban.
In 2007, Lambert had another hit album on her hands. Crazy Ex-Girlfriendstarted out at the top of the country album charts and reached as high as number six on the Billboard 200 charts. The title track became a popular hit and anthem of sorts for former girlfriends everywhere. “Gunpowder & Lead” tells the story of a woman seeking to kill her abusive significant other. On the other side of spectrum, Lambert appears unusually vulnerable on “More Like Her.” She also reflects on her love of rural life in “Famous in a Small Town.”
Along with being a strong seller, the album has brought Lambert a lot of positive critical attention. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won an ACM award for album of the year, and Lambert earned the ACM Award for top new female vocalist. Lambert also received a Grammy Award nomination (best female country vocal performance) for her single “Kerosene.” At the 2008 ACM Awards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won album of the year.
For 2009’s Revolution, Lambert seemed to find her romantic side with such songs as “Making Plans” and “Love Song”; she worked on the No. 1 country album with fellow country star Blake Shelton.
Later in 2011, Lambert teamed up with Angaleena Pressley and Ashley Monroe. The trio, known as Pistol Annies, released the hit album Hell on Heels that September. Lambert continued with her success as a solo act as well, releasing Four the Record that same year.
Lambert has remained one of country music’s most popular stars. In 2013, she was one of the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert took home two awards for her song “Over You” and was named female vocalist of the year. Lambert’s winning streak continued that November. At the CMA Awards, she was named female vocalist of the year.
Lambert continues her reign as one of country’s most popular performers. In 2014, she released Platinum, which featured such hit tracks as “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad.” The record also earned several CMA Awards, including single of the year and album of the year, and won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Country Album.
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