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.”
By Miranda Daily Staff on February 29, 2012 • No Comments
March 5, 2012 – Miranda Lambert: Love & Loss
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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By Miranda Daily Staff on November 3, 2011 • No Comments
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.”
By Miranda Daily Staff on October 31, 2011 • No Comments
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.”
By Miranda Daily Staff on October 28, 2011 • No Comments
Miranda and Blake are featured in the recent issue of US Weekly Magazine. She talks about how they’ve settled in being married, their plans to start a family, and how a pool in L.A. sealed the deal for her to visit while he films The Voice! Be sure to check out this interview!
By Miranda Daily Staff on October 5, 2011 • No Comments
Miranda is once again the cover girl for Ladies Home Journal!!! This is the second time this year that she has been on the cover! She looks gorgeous as always, let’s hope we get some photos from this shoot!!!
Miranda Lambert, perched on a couch at her Nashville record company, is listing all the guest singers on her new album. “There’s Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and I’ve got Blake, of course, my husband…” Then she stops and laughs. “It’s fun to say that.” She’s still adjusting to being a newlywed — after getting hitched to country singer and The Voice star Blake Shelton on a Texas ranch last May — but her life, as usual, is galloping along. She’s part of a new country girl group, Pistol Annies, whose first album, Hell on Heels, is a hit. And this month the Grammy winner is releasing Four the Record, which is her best — and most personal — solo album yet (she wrote or cowrote six of the songs).
Lambert may not be the rowdy teenager who burst onto the scene in 2003 with the USA Network talent show Nashville Star, but the 28-year-old is still as fiery and plainspoken as ever. (And she still kicks back after shows with “Miranda-ritas,” her own concoction of “Bacardi, Crystal Light, and a splash of Diet Sprite.”) Today, having rolled out of bed at 10 a.m., the Texas native wears sleek purple pants, a black T-shirt, and a feather hair extension. “I got feathers, like every other girl,” she says, playing with her hair. “Hey, if you can rock it, rock it.” Over a long afternoon chat, Lambert talks openly about family, fame and, for the first time, her marriage to Shelton, 35. “I only had one person say to me in the first month of my engagement that I was going to love being married,” she says. “The rest of them were like, ‘You’re going to ruin your relationship!’ But I feel excited to be married. When I see Blake playing with his wedding ring, it reminds me that somebody has my back forever.”