All eyes are on country music hottie Miranda Lambert as she comes into her own as country music’s next big superstar woman. Lambert has had astounding success lately with accolades for her song writing (Over You won her a song of the year honor) and Female Artist of the year wins.
How will Lambert top such success? She also has to stand beside the jaw dropping mass media success of her husband Blake Shelton who is enjoying unprecedented fame for a country star.
Lambert was born in Longview Texas (born Miranda Leigh Lambert November 10th 1983) to a musical mom and dad. Dad at least as her father Rick Lambert wrote and performed country music.
Lambert, like former tour mate Chris Young, got one of her big breaks on the now defunked TV talent show Nashville star where she ended up coming in third (Buddy Jewell became the breakout star of her season). To this day she aligns with music competition show contestants as a knowing mother figure having “been through it.”
Still her radio success has been, until recent years, slow and hard fought. Her early singles like Kerosene and Me and Charlie Talking got limited airplay (although may are revisiting Kerosene). All that changed after a few big songs like Gunpowder and Lead and more recently with The House That Built Me, White Liar, Baggage Claim and the award winning Over You (gut wrenchingly written with and about Blake Shelton’s deceased brother). She has even launched a new female vocal group and album called the Pistol Annies to strong interest.
With the recent major awards success and A List Hollywood status her house hold has just acquired thanks to Network Television attention there’s no telling where Miranda Lambert’s road will travel next. More television, another headlining tour, and perhaps a late 2013 album may be in the works. There’s will be more tweeting for sure. Follow her tweets @mirandalambert.
A battle of the tweets might be heating up in the frontlines of Hollywood vs. Country Music.
The drama started when “Three and a Half Men” and future “Steve Jobs” actor Ashton Kutcher appeared in cowboy attire at the ACM Awards Sunday.
Both People.com, US Weekly.com and several other outlets have picked up stories regarding both Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore tweeting about their displeasure with Ashton Kutcher on the show. They both felt that he was making a mockery of Country artists. The Bait a Hook singer ( @justincolemoore) went as far to label Kutcher a “D-bag”!!
Miranda Lambert seems to be the youngest “veteran” in any genre of music. Lambert cut her teeth with one of the first reality TV talent contests – “Nashville Star.” She came in third behind a forgettable singer named Buddy Jewell, but there were a lot of fans and others that couldn’t forget Miranda. That was 2003. Flash forward to now and in the last year she has become one of the most celebrated women in country music.
Billboard Magazing recently called her “the coolest girl in country music,” and her press is better than ever.
Her new Album “Four The Record” is a blend of mainstram country meets Miranda alt-pop. In fact a few tunes in the disc could work on pop radio despite her proud twang. Her record label will have to get things pulled together (she’s bounced from Sony-owned to now defunct Epic and then Columbia Records). She has just landed on the legendary RCA Nashville.
There’s a lot for country radio and fans to like here too. Lambert has found her groove and her confidence is heard in songs like the lead single “Baggage Claim.” (Did you realize those Hammond organ rund are performed by Steve Windwood?!- I didn’t either.) New sounds for country music – but she pulls it off swiftly. Er… maybe Lambert-ly.
Fans who have been following Miranda will get into her new level of sass and some very modern production values. The ensuing media blitz and round of awards will surely bring in some new followers too.
Despite 2009’s stellar performance of “Revolution”Taylor Swift may have had the most face time of the last few years but there’s a new 20-something blonde that’s ready to take the spotlight among the other hot country acts like Zac Brown and Lady A. Four The Record is a Hit.
Overall Grade: A
Don’t miss: The retro-yet-modern “Easy Living” and the edgy “Fine Tune” (time to try a pop crossover?)
A few suprises at this year’s 2011 ACM nominations. Country hottie Miranda Lambert continues to shine with 6 big naminations and a few others – like Colt Ford – and Jason Aldean finally start to get some real notice. Early signs look like a whole different field from 2010’s ACM Winners.
Reba and Blake Shelton will host the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas on April 3 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Performers and presenters at the show will be announced soon.
Jamey Johnson got two noms including one for Album of The Year. Joshnson also made the list for the category of Vocal Event of the Year for his performance with Colt Ford of “Cold Beer.”
“If working with Colt in the studio was a ball, touring with him on the road with the Grascals and Hank Williams, Jr. was several balls,” Jamey says. “He’s a unique artist in a day where uniquity is not usually rewarded. I’m proud to be nominated alongside my friend.”
An awards TV appearance could be Ford’s breakthrough moment, “I never dreamed I would get a nomination for anything,” said Ford in response to the news. “I just wanted to make a good song with my friend Jamey. I am so humbled to even be mentioned with the amazing artists in this category. I promise no one is more grateful than me!”
Lee Brice scored a surprising three nominations in conjuction with his record breaking single “Love Like Crazy.”
“Wow! What a way to start the day! I’m out on the west coast deep in dreamland and my hotel phone starts ringing at 5:30am and it’s my manager screaming ‘Wake Up! We got 3 ACM Nominations!’ I grinned from ear to ear,” Brice explains about hearing the good news, “It’s such an honor just to be nominated and such a boost personally after putting so much time and work into this.”
Revolution: Live By Candlelight Now Available For Pre-Sale At Amazon.com, In Stores Everywhere October 12
ACM Award-winning Top Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert will release her first performance DVD, Revolution: Live By Candlelight on October 12. The six-song DVD features rare, acoustic performances of five songs from her 2010 ACM Album of the Year, Revolution, including her back-to-back #1 singles, “White Liar,” and “The House That Built Me.” As an added bonus, the DVD also features one of her favorite songs, “Love Is Looking For You,” from her Kerosene album.
Revolution: Live By Candlelight also includes exclusive, never-before-seen footage of the stories behind the songs. The DVD was filmed in an intimate setting – a dimly lit stage surrounded with candles – which actually set off the fire alarm while recording!
Miranda is set to announce this year’s CMA Award final nominees in five categories with Dierks Bentley on Wednesday, Sept. 1 live from ABC’s “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the morning news program. That same morning, Miranda will also be appearing on NBC’s Today Show in the 10:00AM hour.
Lambert is also among the performers featured in that evening’s three-hour special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” on ABC (airs Wednesday, Sept. 1 8:00-11:00 PM/ET). She performs her current single, “Only Prettier,” which is now beautifying the country radio charts.
Fans can pre-order their Revolution: Live By Candlelight DVD copy by clicking here.