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Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert defied all conventional notions of how a credible country career should proceed. Following an adolescence where she alternated between singing and acting, she came to prominence as not the winner but a runner-up on the 2003 American Idol knockoff Nashville Star, a dubious stepping stone to stardom if there ever were one, but Lambert's 2005 Kerosene obliterated any notion that she was a reality TV refugee. Filled with lithe, powerful neo-traditional country songs, many penned by Lambert herself, Kerosene established the singer/songwriter as a commercial force to be reckoned with, while its 2007 sequel Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pulled off the trick of turning her into a superstar while confirming she was a writer of considerable substance. From there, the hits piled up fast and furious -- most of them from her multi-platinum records Revolution, Four the Record, and Platinum, but some coming from her side project Pistol Annies -- and tabloid headlines started to flow after she married fellow country star Blake Shelton in 2011. By that point, she could weather the gossip because there was no mistaking Miranda Lambert as anything but a major figure in country music. Raised by parents who were also professional partners in a private investigator agency (her father Rick was also a guitarist who taught his daughter how to play), Lambert began playing music early, entering talent competitions as a singer when she was 16. She performed well enough to be offered a demo recording contract in Nashville but she bailed on the sessions, claiming the music was too pop. She headed back to Texas, where she learned to play guitar with the idea of writing her own songs. As she was woodshedding this skill, she continued to sing, fronting a variety of local bands around Longview, Texas at ballrooms, dance halls, and restaurants. Additionally, she perused opportunities as an actress, appearing in a Ruffles potato chip commercial and landing a small role in the 2001 comedy Slap Her She's French, but her main concentration was music, particularly the Texas Pride band she fronted. In 2001, she and her father self-financed an eponymous independent album that made local waves: "Texas Pride" and "Somebody Else" garnered enough local play that they appeared on Texas music charts. Things started to gel in 2002 when she gained the attention of music attorney Rod Phelps, who pulled enough strings in Nashville to persuade her to move back to the Music City. Once there, she auditioned for the fledgling television show Nashville Star, a singing competition launched by USA Networks in 2003 in the wake of the massive success of American Idol. Lambert made it to the finale but didn't win -- she was eclipsed by Buddy Jewell -- yet her success on the show piqued the interest of Epic Records, who signed her to a deal in September 2003 (her Epic contract would later transfer to Sony Nashville). A single, "Me and Charlie Talking," appeared in 2004, with the full-length debut Kerosene released in the spring of 2005. Lambert wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs on her debut, including the title track, which made it to 16 on Billboard's Country Singles chart on its way to eventual platinum certification. Kerosene the album also reached platinum status, but her 2007 sophomore set Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is where Lambert demonstrated her commercial muscle. Debuting at number one on the Billboard Country chart and six on Billboard's Top 200, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend boasted two big hits in "Famous in a Small Town" and "Gunpowder & Lead," the latter reaching seven on the Country chart on its way to double-platinum certification; "More Like Her" also was a hit, making its way to 17. Released in September 2009, third album Revolution was her blockbuster -- her biggest seller containing her biggest hit singles. "The House That Built Me" became her first number one single -- it would be certified platinum twice over, whereas its predecessor "White Liar" went platinum and peaked at two -- and "Heart Like Mine" also reached the top; "Only Prettier" peaked at 12. Buttressed by this success, Lambert decided to venture into a side project called Pistol Annies with fellow singer/songwriters Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. Their debut, Hell on Heels, appeared in August 2011 and went gold, partially on the strength of good reviews, partially on the strength of its platinum-selling title track; the album debuted at five on Billboard's Top 200. Arriving quickly on the heels of Hell on Heels -- less than three months later, to be precise -- came Lambert's fourth solo album, Four the Record. A hit right out of the box -- it debuted at three on the Top 200, one on the country charts -- Four the Record contained four Top Ten country hits ("Baggage Claim," the number one "Over You," "Fastest Girl in Town," "Mama's Broken Heart"; "All Kind of Kinds" topped out at 15) and helped cement Miranda's position as the reigning queen of country music in the 2010s. Her status was also elevated by her marriage to fellow country star Blake Shelton in 2011, the same year he landed a starring role on NBC's televised singing competition The Voice and broke into the pop mainstream via his single "Honey Bee." Soon, Lambert and Shelton were gossip favorites but Miranda kept working hard. She returned to acting in a guest spot on a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode in 2012, Pistol Annies released a second album, Annie Up, in May 2013 -- the album debuted at five on the Top 200, two on the country charts; its single "Hush Hush" didn't crack the Top 40 -- and in June 2014 she delivered her fifth album, Platinum. Supported by the Top Ten singles "Automatic," the Carrie Underwood duet "Somethin' Bad," and "Little Red Wagon," Platinum was another big hit for Lambert. During the summer of 2015, she and Shelton announced they were divorcing. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Miranda Lambert

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    3 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    Heartbreak Hotel
    10 songs

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    3 songs

    Country Party

    7 songs

    Top Country

    7 songs

    '00s Country

    5 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    1 song

Albums by
Miranda Lambert

Top Songs by
Miranda Lambert

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Gunpowder & Lead
  3.   Mama's Broken Heart
  4.   Heart Like Mine
  5.   The House That Built Me
  6.   Somethin' Bad
  7.   Little Red Wagon
  8.   Fastest Girl In Town
  9.   Over You
  10.   Automatic
  11.   Kerosene
  12.   White Liar
  13.   Baggage Claim
  14.   Smokin' and Drinkin'
  15.   Only Prettier
  16.   All Kinds of Kinds
  17.   More Like Her
  18.   Roots and Wings
  19.   Dead Flowers
  20.   Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  21.   Dry Town
  22.   Run Daddy Run
  23.   Love Song
  24.   Sweet by and By
  25.   Love Your Memory
  26.   Famous in a Small Town
  27.   Me and Charlie Talking
  28.   Hard Staying Sober
  29.   Time to Get a Gun
  30.   Guilty in Here
  31.   Airstream Song
  32.   Bring Me Down
  33.   Platinum
  34.   Mamma, I'm Alright
  35.   Bathroom Sink
  36.   Greyhound Bound for Nowhere
  37.   Babies Makin' Babies
  38.   Two Rings Shy
  39.   America the Beautiful by Blake Shelton
  40.   Better in the Long Run
  41.   What About Georgia?
  42.   Two of a Crime
  43.   Old Sh!t
  44.   Gravity Is a Bitch
  45.   Holding on to You
  46.   Girls
  47.   Love Is Looking for You
  48.   Me and Your Cigarettes
  49.   New Strings
  50.   I Wanna Die
  51.   Another Sunday in the South
  52.   Priscilla
  53.   Down
  54.   Oklahoma Sky
  55.   Fine Tune
  56.   Makin' Plans
  57.   Love Letters
  58.   Dear Diamond
  59.   Maintain the Pain
  60.   Safe
  61.   Nobody's Fool
  62.   There's a Wall
  63.   California
  64.   Look at Miss Ohio
  65.   Virginia Bluebell
  66.   Easy from Now On
  67.   Desperation
  68.   I Can't Be Bothered
  69.   All That's Left
  70.   Easy Living
  71.   That's the Way That the World Goes 'Round
  72.   Sin for a Sin
  73.   Getting Ready
  74.   Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
  75.   Same Old You
  76.   Honky Tonk Blues
  77.   Somebody Else
  78.   Up Close and Personal
  79.   Home Movies
  80.   Photo Gallery
  81.   Kerosene
  82.   Kerosene
  83.   Credits
  84.   Bonus Material
  85.   Hurts to Think
  86.   Jailhouse Rock
  87.   Hillbilly Highway
  88.   Jingle Bell Rock