Season four of “The Voice” is off to a great start and the camaraderie between the coaching panel — Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and new additions Usher and Shakira — has never been better. Putting any conflict rumors to rest, the mentors fielded questions from reporters at NBC’s Summer Press Day in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday (April 22), but spent most of the time exchanging friendly and funny barbs.
“I was a little bit nervous [about adding new coaches] because I knew how well the show was doing and it was beating the odds,” says Blake. “It’s a music talent show in a world where there’s a lot of those. We knew we had something that worked and I had never met either one of these two [Usher and Shakira] before. The one thing that you can’t fake is chemistry. I’ll be damned if it’s not as strong as it’s ever been with the four of us. I’m lovin’ it. I’m proud of that. Whether it was NBC or [executive producer] Mark [Burnett], whoever picked these two knew they weren’t dealing with artists with egos, they were dealing with really good people and that’s what makes it work.”
In an effort to educate her hubby on his new coworkers, Blake’s wife, and fellow country superstar, Miranda Lambert gave him a history lesson on Usher and Shakira’s impressive careers.
“I can tell you a true story right now,” he started to say.
“These tend to be long,” joked pal Adam. “There goes Grandpa Shelton telling his stories.”
“Last week my wife was with me here in Los Angeles,” Blake continued. “Every now and then I get to have her here with me on her days off. We spent probably three hours one night, Miranda was educating me on Shakira and Usher and showing me videos. She’s such a fan. She was like, ‘You don’t appreciate how …’ I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re awesome, babe. I swear to God, they’re awesome. I know they are.’ She’s like, ‘No, look at this video and then tell me!’ I swear I saw all of their videos, I listened to all their hits and that’s been the last week of my life. She sold me on them.”
One sore point among the coaches is the steals during the battle rounds, although, as it was pointed out, contestants who are stolen by another coach may still be sacrificed in favor of a singer they’ve been working with since the beginning of the season.
“That makes the decision even tougher because you do feel loyalty to the ones that picked you to begin with after you picked them,” says Blake. “There is a trust and a bond there. If you’re really doing your job as a coach, you have to make the decision based on talent and not a relationship. That’s tough. The lines get blurred and it’s a gray area sometimes. Sometimes that makes a difference in a winner and a loser in those type of situations.”
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Miranda will be featured in Elle Magazine’s Women In Music issue. The magazine has Adele on the cover. On the Elle site, they give us a snippet from Miranda: “My message is to be your own person, always—whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a superstar… We all bring something different.” In the photo Miranda is wearing her own Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci knit dress from Barneys New York. Check out the photo in the gallery, and as soon as it becomes available the scan will be added to the gallery.
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Miranda will cover the November 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, be sure to pick up your copy!
On her husband Blake Shelton:
“Blake’s 90% good ol’ boy and 10% bad boy, which is a really great balance.I’m flattered that people think he’s attractive. It’s cool to be on his arm, like, ‘I’m with him, so back up, ladies!'”
On what makes her tick:
“I hate when people think I’ve changed. My defenses really go up if somebody assumes that I’m any different as a person than who I was back in high school.”
On owning more than 4,000 acres:
“We don’t buy Mercedes or mansions, we buy land. We’ve been married almost a year and a half, but have only been in the same place together for about five months. At this rate, we’ll be newlyweds for three years.”
On knowing what it’s like to struggle financially:
“I do appreciate every single dollar I earn… My parents lost everything they had…we were homeless. Our whole world turned upside down. I know it’s not that they weren’t working or trying. Sometimes you just get down on your luck, and I learned so much from that.”
– photoshoots > 2012 > session 006 – good housekeeping magazine
Country star Miranda Lambert has a lot to celebrate.
The 28-year-old Texas native is in the middle of her mega-successful On Fire tour, she won both Female Vocalist and Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and she and husband Blake Shelton recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.
Lambert, 28, talked to PARADE about girl power in country music, settling into married life, and sharing success with her talented spouse.
On being a woman in country music.
“Right now it seems like the girls are drawing more attention to country music. The tides are turning a bit. We are popular music now. Every other genre is starting to come over to our genre now because it’s the cool one! I think the females are leading that, and I have to give a lot of that credit to Taylor Swift for having crossover fans come our way.”
On being a role model to her young fans.
“It’s absolutely important to me. The girls who come to the show are really proud to be women and proud to be strong.”
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.”