Miranda sat down with W Magazine for an interview and a new (stunning, gorgeous, breath-taking) photoshoot. I’ve added part of the interview below, but be sure to head to wmagazine.com to finish reading and show support!
It’s four hours before Miranda Lambert is due onstage at the BOK Arena in Tulsa, and she’s running late. She’s on her tour bus stuck in traffic, driving the two and a half hours from her farm in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where she lives when she’s not crisscrossing America headlining sold-out shows. Five years ago, Lambert bought the 750-acre property because it was 10 miles away from the 1,200-acre spread of country superstar Blake Shelton, her then boyfriend. Although Shelton and Lambert got married a year ago, making them country music’s reigning power couple, Lambert didn’t sell her farm. “Hell no,” she tells me later. “We mostly live at Blake’s, but, if you’re pissed, 10 miles away is far enough. If we have a fight, I can say, ‘Go home’ or ‘I’m going home.’?”
That tough-chick-in-a-soft-package persona is Lambert’s particular brand of girl power. From the beginning of her career, playing bars in her native Texas, Lambert, now 28, advocated an aggressive sort of female empowerment in her songs. She didn’t write the usual break-up-and-shed-a-few-tears tunes—instead, the woman in Lambert’s songs got her dignity back by torching his house and packing a gun. The message in her music has always been consistent: Be strong, be true to yourself, and don’t be afraid to take on a man. “I ain’t the kind you take home to mama,” Lambert sings in “Heart Like Mine,” her hit from 2011. “I ain’t the kind to wear no ring.”
And yet, while she stomps and rages, Lambert is an appealing contradiction. In the great tradition of country women like Loretta Lynn, Lambert is curvy and could look like the cheerleader she was in high school, but she resists the stereotype. “The tough-girl thing comes naturally to me,” she says. “When I started out, I’d only wear jeans and tank tops. No dresses. I didn’t want these dudes in the bars that I was playing to look me up and down because I’m a blonde girl with blue eyes. I wanted to be heard, not seen. That’s how it all started.”
When Lambert first appeared on the scene, country music, which, unlike any other genre, exists in an old-school, pre-Napster, radio-rules-and-fans-buy-records time warp, did not know what to think of her. She didn’t fit any of the usual molds: Her singing and stance were a little too rock ’n’ roll for conventional country radio. If anything, country was going in a softer, more pop direction. Female artists like Shania Twain, who was really a mainstream Top 40 singer masquerading as a country artist, had opened the door for new superstars like Carrie Underwood, who in 2005 won season four’s American Idol, and Taylor Swift, who pushed a much friendlier form of self-acceptance than Lambert did. It is nearly impossible to imagine Swift, who grew up wealthy on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, aiming a gun at an errant lover. Still, Swift and her catchy, almost anthemic songs about teenage angst transformed country music. Her 2008 album, Fearless, was a multiplatinum, award-winning crossover hit. “Taylor Swift is a pop singer,” Lambert tells me. “But she really helped country music. When she hit, I was thinking, Thank God Taylor’s out there to show people we’re not cheesy. Some people still think that country music is twangy and cheesy, and they pigeonhole us. But I thought if they’re looking for Taylor’s videos or songs, they might see or hear other people they like. If her fans are watching for her, they might like me too.”
The elimination of country cutie RaeLynn sent shockwaves through the audience on Tuesday’s “The Voice,” but despite getting the boot from coach Blake Shelton, the 17-year-old has high hopes for her musical future.
“The show is an amazing, amazing show… it made me a better performer,” RaeLynn told Access Hollywood following her elimination at “The Voice” in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without the show and, you know, I’ve got tons of fans. I went from having 300 [Twitter] followers to 40,000 followers and I would have never done that if it wasn’t for this show.
“I’m so thankful for the show and I love Blake [Shelton] and Miranda [Lambert] and I know that they’re going to help me and so I’m just really, really excited about what’s to come,” she added.
The wide-eyed Texas native said that while she was “surprised” by her elimination, she was happy to concede her place to Erin Willett, the big-voiced chanteuse who recently lost her father.
“Erin’s been through so much this last year, it happened to the best person in the world,” she said. “I’m so thankful that this happened for her and she’s such a great person.”
And RaeLynn had nothing but praise for Blake and his wife, “The Voice” mentor/country superstar Miranda Lambert.
“[Blake] told me to stay who I am, and him and Miranda just have taken me under their wing and that’s so cool,” she told Access. “I mean I’ve dreamed of meeting Miranda and now she’s like, calling me all the time and being there for me and that’s just — I would have never been able to that if it wasn’t for the show.”
It’s no great stretch for Miranda Lambert to empathize with the aspiring singers she’s coached recently as a guest vocal advisor on NBC’s “The Voice.”
On her way to becoming one of the brightest new additions to country music in the last decade, Lambert herself got a major career boost with her third-place finish on another TV singing competition, “Nashville Star.”
“I remember that I soaked up any advice someone gave me, and especially someone who was more successful,” said Lambert, 28, who recently married “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton. “I’m careful of what I’m going to say to these people, because I know it’s going to stick with them. I can really put myself in their position — I can really remember how nervous and scared and wide-eyed I felt.”
Her season on “Nashville Star” came in 2003; now she’s riding high in the pop music world and heading into Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards show with two nominations: for female vocalist (alongside Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood) and album of the year for her fourth effort, “Four the Record.” Her husband, Shelton, is co-hosting the awards ceremony with Reba McEntire.
“It’s really cool to be part of ['The Voice'],” she said during a brief lull before a concert in Salt Lake City earlier this month. “Getting to meet and talk to the contestants — it was kinda cool to give them my advice.”
We wish we were married to Blake Shelton! The country singer and the Voice coach raved about his wife, Miranda Lambert, while being honored as “fun and fearless” at Cosmopolitan’s annual event in NYC.
“I actually think we should split this award tonight,” he said, “because if there’s anything fearless about me, it’s stuff that I learned from her, you know? But if there’s anything fun about her, that stuff she’s learned from me.”
Miranda and Blake are coming up on their one-year anniversary, and Blake remarked about this milestone, “We just spent a week together in Oklahoma, and that’s rare to have an entire week together, and we just have so much fun. It’s just so easy and natural; we don’t think like that. We don’t think ahead and how to be different with each other. I think we’re more concerned with how to protect what’s going on now and make sure that’s what happens in the future.”
The next question is obviously: When are the kids coming? But Blake says we’ll all have to wait. “Well, we actually talked about that this week. I think we both agree that we’re a couple years away from seriously talking about that, you know?
“There’s a lot of this stuff that’s happening right now, and it only happens once, I think. We want to enjoy this and be able to focus on our careers so when it is time, we’ll be ready to sit around and watch that happen.”
“What kind mom will she be?” he added. “If she’s anything with an actual human being like she is with dogs, [the] kid’s gonna be golden — going to be great, going to be spoiled.”
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, she said: “I have been talking about Miranda Lambert ever since I first auditioned for this show. She is such an inspiration to me, and for them to bring her out as an advisor, I almost had a heart attack!
“I told myself I wouldn’t cry because I didn’t want her to think I was being a crazy psycho-fan, but I almost did cry!”
RaeLynn said that she has been listening to Lambert’s songs since was 11 years old and meeting her idol in person “was a dream come true” that she will never forget.
“I love her and I love Blake,” she said. “I can’t believe The Voice let me meet the person I’ve been listening to my whole life; that was pretty magical to me.”
RaeLynn – who said she is flattered people on Twitter have called her “Little Miranda” – was paired against Adley Stump in this week’s first battle round, where she triumphed in their performance of ‘Free Fallin” and moved to the next round.
She told reporters that she didn’t think being mentored by Lambert had given her any edge on Stump, who was given guidance by Kelly Clarkson. “I think we both did amazing and I love Adley, she’ll do great things,” she said.
As for being picked by Shelton, she said: “To see somebody you have looked up to your whole life believe in you is amazing. Words can’t describe how much I have learned from him because he’s an amazing guy and an amazing talent.”
At just 17 years old, RaeLynn is the youngest competitor on the show, but she said she doesn’t feel at a disadvantage because of her age.
“Being in a competition with amazing singers who have been singing their whole lives is kind of nerve-wracking and scary, but I have to think about the fact the coaches see something special about me that puts me up there with them,” she said.
“I have to be confident. I know God has a plan for me on the show and I’m excited to live out that plan and do what He wants me to do.
“Music is my passion and it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life, so I can’t wait to show America what I can do in the live rounds.”
Miranda Lambert opens up about her recent single, “Over You,” and coping with two recent losses in this revealing cover story. Miranda wrote “Over You” with husband Blake Shelton about Blake’s brother, who died several years ago. The single was released the same month Blake’s father passed away and Miranda lost a childhood friend.
“It’s definitely God’s way of protecting me and Blake emotionally to have this song to fall on during this time,” Miranda says. Miranda also talks about her new tour and comments on her tourmates, Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann.
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Miranda will be featured in this Friday’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. She talks about her marriage to Blake, how divorce is not an option, and her obsession with Snapped. Check out some of her interview below:
When Kim Kardashian announced her divorce, it stirred up some feelings for country singer Miranda Lambert, who just married fellow Nashville star Blake Shelton in May.
“I just kind of feel sorry for her in a way,” Lambert tells CMT.com. “In another way, I don’t. Because you get what asked for. Living that kind of a lifestyle, you know that you’re gonna have backlash. I think that it’s stressful enough to get married for regular people, like Blake and I, and I can’t imagine all that pressure on her.”
Lambert added that it’s sad that the divorce has made headline news when “there are way bigger issues to deal with.” And maybe those “bigger issues” include her new album, For the Record? “If it wasn’t for her,” says Lambert, laughing, “I probably would have been on the cover of USA Today.”
Lambert recently talked with EW about her own commitment to Shelton, acknowledging that he was married when they first got together, and she shrugged at tabloid rumors that their early relationship may not have been totally faithful. “When we said those vows, I already forgave him,” she said. “If it’s true or not, I don’t care, and he feels the same for me.”
In addition to her green-and-white plaid shirt and jeans, she’s wearing a ballcap that she bought for $2.99 at Walmart seven years ago. Since then, the black-and-white picture of Merle Haggard in the clear plastic photo holder on the front has become so tattered, it looks like the top half of his forehead has been erased.
She also has a .243 shell dangling from a chain.
“Don’t you expect me to have a bullet necklace?” says the 27-year-old singer who has, in her songs, trashed a pool hall, plotted to shoot an abusive lover, and, metaphorically at least, blown up a bunch of stuff.
The cover of her new album, Four the Record, out today, shows her walking away from a car in flames. “People have been saying, ‘You’re on fire right now,’” she says. “So I thought I’d light something on fire.”