By Miranda Daily Staff on September 15, 2011 • No Comments
American Idol Lauren Alaina is about to release her album Wildflower and she’s doing a bit of promotion, here in this interview she talks about picking songs for her album and the story behind songs.
When putting together the 12 songs for her Wildflower album, American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina says she tried to think like a fan.
“I’m kinda new to the whole artist thing; a fan is basically what I am,” the 16-year-old singer told me this week. “So when I was listening to my songs, I tried to think if my favorite artists, like Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert, were singing some of these songs, which ones would I want to hear? That’s how I picked my songs.”
The track listing for Wildflower has been announced, and it includes a song by former Idol winner Carrie Underwood; two from Hillary Lindsey, who has co-written several of Carrie’s hits; and one, Funny Thing About Love, that Lauren wrote with Luke Laird and Brett James. The album comes out Oct. 12, one week after Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day.
Lauren hopes that almost everyone can find one or two songs on Wildflower that they enjoy. Naturally, she wants people to like the whole album.
“I wanted to make sure I picked songs that people want to hear,” she says. “I don’t want to work on an album that someone doesn’t enjoy. Like, if someone likes slow songs, there are some on there they can enjoy. If someone likes uptempo, there’s stuff they can enjoy.”
Lauren believes each song reveals some of her personality and a little of her life story. “They have different feels a little bit, but they’re all me,” she says. “If the story in the songs didn’t happen to me personally, they remind me of something that has happened to someone I know or someone in my family.”
For example, the Carrie Underwood song Eighteen Inches reminds her of a good friend. “She got married when she was 17, and she had a baby. And they moved here, to Nashville. Her husband’s is going to college and has a full-time job, and she stays at home with the baby, and she doesn’t know anyone here. She moved here to support him. That’s, like, the story of that song.”
By Miranda Daily Staff on September 13, 2011 • No Comments
“The reason I love this song is because it’s about how sometimes when you get your heart broken, you kinda go a little bit crazy,” Miranda Lambert confesses, introducing ‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ a track off her upcoming project, ‘Four the Record.’ “You drink too much, you smoke too much, you cut your hair … you find a rebound. Sometimes your mama, if she’s like my mama, has to slap you around and say, ‘Straighten up girl!’”
The rough and tumble Texan previewed the track during her Sept. 8 performance at the Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus. The singer admits that she is hopeful the song will find its way to radio soon, saying, “fingers crossed that it may be the next single off the record.” (Watch Miranda perform ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ below.)
By Miranda Daily Staff on August 29, 2011 • No Comments
Miranda Lambert has shifted from Columbia Nashville to RCA Nashville as part of a restructuring at Sony Music Nashville, according to Country Aircheck. Josh Thompson, who released his debut album in Columbia Nashville, has also moved to RCA Nashville. Lambert’s upcoming solo album, Four the Record, is due Nov. 1. Sara Evans, Jake Owen and Chris Young are also on the RCA Nashville roster. Other labels under the Sony Music Nashville umbrella include BNA Records and Arista Records. At least 12 employees at Sony Music Nashville have exited the company as a part of the restructuring last week.
By Miranda Daily Staff on August 22, 2011 • No Comments
In a special “Dateline” airing at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 on NBC, Hoda Kotb interviews Grammy Award-winning country music star Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo.
The two-part interview includes Lambert’s husband and fellow country music star Blake Shelton, star of NBC’s hit reality TV show “The Voice.” Kotb dishes with Lambert from the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tenn., about life on the road, falling in love with Shelton and her new band, The Pistol Annies.
Fellow Annies Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley then join Lambert as they talk about their debut album “Hell on Heels,” dropping Tuesday; forming the band; and collaborating together on songwriting. (Look for my column on the Annies and their debut album, featuring quotes from Lambert and Presley, later this week.)
Lambert tells Kotb in the interview, “I said I wanted to build an empire. So I started a girl band. Yeah. People think I’m crazy. They’re going, you did what? It’s just– it’s three artists, three artists. We’re all alike in the fact that we sing about empowering women and real life.”
By Miranda Daily Staff on August 13, 2011 • No Comments
Yesterday, in Ottawa, Ontario Miranda joined “gal pal” Carrie Underwood onstage for a rousing mash-up of their hit songs Before He Cheats and Gunpowder & Lead! Talk about a lethal combination! Both girls sound absolutely amazing!!!!
Maybe one day we’ll get a duet with the two! Or how about that all girl tour Miranda wants to do!
Miranda Lambert has always been a responsible gun owner and hunter. Yet, there is a time and place to talk about political issues. A reporter for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper clearly picked the wrong time and place when he brought up guns during an interview with Miranda.
She has an upcoming performance near the Canadian capital and is getting ready to release an album with the Pistol Annies, not to mention preparing to release her own album later this fall. However, despite all of this, the reporter chose to use his interview to talk about guns over her new music, which did not set well with Miranda. She took to Twitter to let this reporter know exactly how she felt.
“Dear Mr writer at Ottawa Citizen: next time u interview me, let’s keep it about the music and not about your view on my stance on guns,” she wrote. “I don’t talk politics period. I’m Not sure all Canadians would like to Be put in your category. Speak for yourself not your country. Thx!”
Miranda fans know exactly where she stands on guns. Her first Top 10 single was “Gunpowder and Lead,” which she wrote. She has also mentioned more than once that her mic stand doubles as a working shotgun. After addressing the Ottawa reporter, she again used Twitter to reassure her Canadian fans that there was only one Canadian she was unhappy with. “PS I can’t wait to see my faithful Ottawa fans!:) 2 weeks,” she wrote.