By Miranda Daily Staff on November 19, 2013 • No Comments
Keith Urban tells ABC News Radio the seed for his smash duet “We Were Us” was planted in 2005 when Miranda Lambert opened for him on tour.
“We used to do a song every night during my set,” Keith says. “I always loved singing with her, and I thought our voices went really well together.”
In the back of his mind, Keith says he was always looking for a duet that would fit their voices. When he heard “We Were Us,” he knew he’d found it.
“I just called her up and sent her the song, and she loved it. Her and Blake [Shelton] actually came to the studio and hung out for a few hours… We sang it together and it was done.”
“We Were Us” is the Aussie superstar’s first duet, but it may not be his last collaboration with Miranda. Backstage at the CMA Awards, the Female Vocalist of the Year joked that Keith owes her a guest appearance on her next CD, since their hit single is on his album, Fuse.
By Miranda Daily Staff on September 23, 2013 • No Comments
A little puppy has just found a forever home, but not just any home. The champagne-colored dog was adopted on Saturday by one of country music’s biggest stars – Miranda Lambert. All thanks to a 6-year-old girl who dared to dream big.
In early August Riley Weinberger created a video about the rescued animals she cares for as a volunteer for Wellington-based Big Dog Ranch Rescue. She is a huge fan of Lambert and had heard that the singer shared her passion for animals. She wanted desperately for Lambert to tour the facility during her visit to West Palm Beach to perform at Cruzan Amphitheatre on September 21 so she could help promote the work done by the rescue organization.
So she created the video and asked the singer: “Please Miranda, we could save more dogs lives.”
Hours before Lambert was to belt out her famous songs she stopped by Big Dog Ranch, met Riley and her family, adopted a puppy and named him Bellamy (in honor of the Bellamy brothers), according to the rescue organization.
“Miranda was wonderful and very kind,” said Eric Weinberger, Riley’s father. He said that in addition to adopting the puppy, who was rescued from Miami-Dade Animal Shelter, the singer donated money to Big Dog Ranch.
Riley’s video caught the attention of one of WPTV’s producer who wrote a story about the child’s desire to help better the lives of sick and abandoned animals. After the story aired on WPTV. Riley went on to be interviewed by several media organizations in Palm Beach County.
So far Riley’s video has had more than 2100 views. You can watch her video at here.
By Miranda Daily Staff on September 14, 2013 • No Comments
The No. 1 celebration for Miranda Lambert’s standout hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” at Cabana restaurant in Nashville featured all the ritual presentation of accolades, but there was something a little different this time around.
In addition to Miranda, a significant number of the people behind the song—songwriters and publishers alike—were female, quite a change from the usual boys-only lineup at these events. It also seemed like an incredibly close group of friends who encourage one another’s talents.
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” penned by leading CMA Awards nominee Kacey Musgraves, along with CW favorite Brandy Clark and red-hot songwriter Shane McAnally (who produces Kacey), was initially slated for Kacey’s album. Miranda actually paused her own wedding celebration to have the discussion with Kacey about recording it.
“I loved the song so much I was willing to fight for it if she didn’t want it,” said Miranda, regarding her exchange with Kacey. Ultimately, Kacey graciously gave it to Miranda on the condition that she could sing backup on the recording, and the rest is history.
Miranda called the song “epic and classic,” praising the writers’ hard work. The songwriters of Nashville spend their time “writing a million songs in hopes that someone cuts them,” she said. “I have one cut by another writer and it’s [Blake] and I had to sleep with him to get it,” she quipped.
Blake was indeed spotted in the crowd along with American Idol runner-up (and close friend to Kacey) Kree Harrison.
Kacey, celebrating her first No. 1, noted it was a “crazy moment” for her. She, along with seemingly everyone else on the stage, also praised the bold, exciting music coming from co-writer Brandy.
Brandy returned the love for her fellow females, gesturing to Miranda and Kacey. “[There are] not a lot of them on the radio right now, but the two best are standing up here right now.”
The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the Royale nightclub in Boston last night (July 11) and it brought country music royalty with it.
For the third year in a row, Boston fans were treated to a big star in a small venue as reigning Country Music Association Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert joined up-and-comer Kip Moore and award-winning songwriters Brett James and series host Bob DiPiero for a thrilling, two-hour writers’ round.
It was a relaxed affair featuring both big hits and deep cuts, tall tales and true stories, belly laughs and heartfelt tears. Brett talked about writing two No. 1 songs with Kenny Chesney—“Out Last Night” and “Reality”—in one session. Kip told an uproarious tale about a female fan calling out a ribald request at an inopportune moment during a performance of “Hey Pretty Girl.” And host Bob got the whole northern crowd singing along to “Southern Voice.”
Miranda may have been the night’s biggest star, but she was clearly thrilled to be part of the gang. She needled the boys, joked that she was going to get everyone’s autograph after the show and happily sang harmony vocals for her fellow writers. She was especially excited when she realized that Bob was going to sing one of her favorites that he had written. “Are you going to sing Diamond Rio?” she asked. “’Cause I’m going to crap my pants.” She then cheerfully raised her voice on “Mirror Mirror.”
Miranda also performed a handful of her own songs, including “Love Is Looking for You,” an early track close to her heart, and an emotional take on her CMA award winner “Over You.” She said it meant a lot to her to be recognized for that song and to be included in a show like this. “It was always my goal and dream as a songwriter to win Song of the Year for anything,” she said. “I love being an artist and touring and all that, but I love songwriting and that’s what I’m going to do until the day I die.”
On Thursday night, Miranda Lambert halted a show in Boston to playfully address reports suggesting she was pregnant, gay and heading for a divorce.
The country star, who is married to Blake Shelton, has been combating tabloid gossip about her private life for months, and during her appearance at the CMA Songwriters Series she decided to let fans know exactly what was true and what wasn’t.
The 29 year-old singer told the crowd, “For the record, I’m not pregnant – I’m drinking – and I’m not getting divorced. And I’m not gay, because I think (fellow country star) Kip Moore’s cute, and Blake knows about it.”
And she revealed to the audience that her song Famous in a Small Town has taken on a new meaning now that she and superstar Shelton have set up home in rural Oklahoma.
She added, “I’ve been pregnant, having twins, we’ve been separated, I’m drunk and alone, pregnant again, then we’re having twins again, and now we’re getting divorced. I can’t even name the stuff. It’s funny because I realize this song means even more to me now because I’m in the tabloids every week for being famous for something I didn’t even do, than for something I want to be famous for, which is playing my damn guitar and writing a song.”
And she assured fans she won’t be getting pregnant anytime soon: “Everybody’s having babies right now and it’s freaking me out. Blake’s in L.A. and I’m real glad; it’s like a million miles away from here. Get that thing away from me! Something’s in the water. No way. I have dogs. A lot of dogs.”
Miranda Lambert has written or co-written several of her own biggest hits, including her No. 1 tune, ‘Over You,’ and now the singer will get a chance to show off even more of her writing skills. The 29-year-old is heading to Boston, Mass. to participate in the CMA Songwriters Series, where she will join several other tunesmiths for one unforgettable night.
Sharing the stage with Lambert on Thursday, July 11 at the famed Royale Boston Nightclub will be Kip Moore, Brett James and Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening’s host.
“Nashville’s songwriters are the best in the world and CMA is excited to return to Boston to showcase some of these spectacular artists again,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore explains (quote via Taste of Country). “It’s great to see how this series has grown since it began in 2005, expanding to play in cities across the US, and overseas in places like the UK and Paris as well. Boston has given us such a warm reception and we are thrilled to continue to share the remarkable stories behind the hit songs with the terrific fans there.”
The CMA Songwriters Series will also play in Chicago, Austin, Nashville and New York later this year. Tickets for the July 11 show are already sold out.
Look, Blake Shelton’s a pretty big star in his own right, what with his gig on “The Voice” and yet another hit album — Based on a True Story — riding high on the charts. But at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, Shelton will take a back seat to his better half, country star Miranda Lambert.
After all, she’s up for four awards, including Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for her hit “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Group Video of the Year for the Pistol Annies’ “Takin’ Pills.” Meanwhile, Shelton scored just one nom: Male Video of the Year for “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” So the chances are pretty good Lambert will be taking home more hardware than her husband … though, that’s fine with him. Turns out, most folks can’t tell the difference once the awards are up on the mantle.
“You know, as long as one of us wins; people, when they walk in our house, they see some awards on the shelf, but they never really walk over and read ‘em,” Shelton said. “So if they see one of her awards sitting there, they’ll be like ‘Oh, what did Miranda get a Grammy for?’ And I’ll say ‘Oh, that’s mine.’ And they say ‘Oh, that is yours.’
“I’ll do the same thing with these CMT Awards,” he continued. “As long as it’s on the shelf, and people don’t actually read the plaque, that’s mine.”
So, will Shelton and Lambert have to clear out some additional shelf space? Find out when the 2013 CMT Music Awards air live Wednesday night at 8 p.m ET/7 CT on CMT. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes and a whole lot more of your favorite acts are set to perform, with Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell serving as hosts.
The 2013 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.