When Miranda Lambert last played Atlantic City in 2008, she was one of country music’s rising stars, bringing a boatload of attitude and southern rock charged excitement to the Nashville scene.
Many critics at the time reasoned that Nashville didn’t quite know what to do with her.
Well, as she returns three years later, playing at The Borgata Event Center Friday June 10 (tickets are $65 and $85. theborgata.com) , they’ve figured it out.
They decided to just love her. Lambert comes back to town as a bonafied superstar.
Her 2009 album Revolution produced five hit singles and two number ones — “The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine.” She’s also won a trophy case of Grammys and country music awards since last playing in the resort.
In the meantime, her personal life has gone just as well. Last month she married fellow country artist Blake Shelton, in a true country ceremony.
It was hard to find a celebrity gossip magazine in the last few weeks that didn’t have a shot of Lambert in her wedding dress or holding up the seven-pound bass she caught on her honeymoon. Like we said, it was a country wedding.
As Lambert brings her Revolution Tour to The Borgata, she took some time to answer five questions by e-mail. Actually it was six, but then you always get more than you expect from Lambert.
Thanks to our friend Nikie over at Blake-Shelton.Org and Oklahoma-Girl (Reba) for sending us some older screencaptures of Miranda from 2009 when she was featured on the GAC special Backstory featuring her husband Blake! Miranda looks gorgeous as always!
– Screencaptures > 2009 > GAC: Blake Shelton Backstory (x118)
– Live Performances & Concerts > 2011 > Alpharetta, GA (x10)
From the “God-centered” ceremony to the “out of control, crazy” reception, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Texas wedding left guests “smiling from ear to ear,” says Lambert’s mother, Bev, in PEOPLE Country’s new cover story.
“It was a really fun and light-hearted wedding,” Bev says of the Texas affair held May 14 at the Don Strange Ranch. Down-home touches were everywhere, from the pup parade during the bridal party entrance and the cowhide the couple stood on to say their vows, to the rowdy, karaoke sing-a-long reception for the couple’s 560 guests. “Every person there said it was far and away the best party they’d ever been to.”
Before the short ceremony, Miranda (who wore the gown her mother wore at her 1979 wedding) had her bridesmaids pray over her. “That was very emotional for her – she had some pretty tearful moments,” Bev says. And though he rarely has a serious moment in public, Shelton was clearly moved too. “He could not take his eyes off of her the entire day,” she says.
Adds Shelton’s close pal, singer Neal McCoy (who kicked off the reception party with a rollicking set), “With that first kiss and the pronouncement, they just lit up and everybody knew it was right.”
For all the details – and more photos! – from Blake and Miranda’s wedding, plus interviews with Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and others, pick up the new PEOPLE Country, on newsstands now.
I’ve added tons of new photos to the gallery from award shows, appearances, and photoshoots. Some are just updates for older albums and some are new photos all together! There are so many that I can’t list them all so I’m just going to direct you to our latest uploads page! Be sure to check back all day because photos will continue to be added!
If you follow Miranda on Twitter then you’ve seen that for the past week she has been in the studio working on her follow up album to Revolution and finishing up the Pistol Annies first album!
Are ya’ll excited or what!?!
— In the studio. New record time!!!! Send Good vibes my way:)
— Day 2 in the studio. Great so far:)
— Mrs. Shelton here again. Studio day 3. Music is flowing! And so Is the Bacardi:)
— Mornin. Studio day 4 is just getting started:) ….coffee – 26 May
— Day 5 studio. Last one for my record. Tomorrow…..Pistol Annies. Finishing our record so y’all can get it:)
A few weeks ago it was announced that Miranda would be performing on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, well now we have a date! Mark your calenders! Miranda will be performing on GMA on July 8, 2010. For more information on how you can attend, visit abcnews.go.com/gma.
Good Morning America airs 7:00am – 9:00am ET on ABC.
Twenty seven year-old Grammy Award-winning artist, Miranda Lambert fell in love with music at a young age and was determined to one day be a part of the country music world. Growing up in rural Texas, Miranda watched her parents lose everything when their private investigation business went under, causing the Lamberts to live completely off their land.
Starting out just shy of 18, Miranda hit the East Texas bar scene playing gigs at a variety of rough and tumble watering holes. Having to deal with local drunks and barely making ends meet, Miranda was determined to make her mark in a “man’s world.” But in 2003, her big break came when she tried out for the new reality TV series “Nashville Star,” landing third place and a potential record deal. With the possibility of stardom so close, Miranda kept her tough Texan attitude as she rose to the top, demanding artistic control of her debut album “Kerosene.” Miranda delivered the label what she promised, hitting the country music charts at #1 and followed that success with a second album that did exactly the same thing, all by the age of 25.
Even with her fast-paced rise to the top, Miranda found time to fall in love with fellow country star, Blake Shelton. In February 2011, the country music couple celebrated Miranda’s success as she received her first Grammy Award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” for “The House That Built Me” off her third and must successful album to date “Revolution.”
Viewers watching this episode of “Behind The Music” will get the exclusive first look at interviews with loving husband, Blake Shelton, Miranda’s parents Rick and Bev, “Nashville Star” judge Tracy Gershon, former Sony Nashville head Joe Galante, music legend Loretta Lynn and fellow country music stars Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum.