Rolling Stone – It’s been two years since the release of Miranda Lambert’s last album, Platinum, and the trailblazing superstar – a modern fusion of grit and glam – is now saying the wait for her new music is almost over.
Speaking Thursday night in the CMA Music Festival press room just before taking the Nissan Stadium stage, Lambert revealed that she’s been working on new tunes for about a year, and they should start rolling out in a few short weeks.
“I’ve really worked since last summer just writing and recording, so no one is more excited than me to have the next thing come through and show off what I’ve been doing,” she said, beaming. “I know I’ve kind of been ‘not around,’ but I’ve been around. I’m getting really close, and hopefully by mid-summer we’ll have some new music people can hear.”
There’s no word what kind of topics she’ll be covering, but after moving to Nashville and finalizing her divorce from Blake Shelton, Lambert says her songwriting has increased exponentially.
“It’s been a really cool journey because I’ve lived in Nashville for the last year almost now,” she said. “I’ve been able to write so much more than I had before, just not being on the road constantly and moving from Oklahoma. All my friends [in Nashville] are songwriters. We’re either hanging out and accidentally wrote a song or we had it set up, so I probably wrote like five days a week for five months straight.”
The Tennessean — Country Living’s choice for the first person ever to be on the cover of the magazine is apropos: Miranda Lambert.
The country superstar is featured on the cover of the June issue and also is the guest editor for the publication.
The home and lifestyle magazine says it has never featured a person on its cover in its 36-year history. The issue explores how country music influences country style.
Lambert also talks about her husband Blake Shelton’s green thumb; he plans to plant tomatoes and strawberries, and they plan to make jam.
Country Living is the latest publication that normally eschews celebrities to put one on its cover; Cooking Light had Michelle Obama as its face earlier this year.
The issue hits newsstands later this month.
Elle — Fresh off the heels red Tony Lamas of her Grammy win for best country album, Miranda Lambert—who just today dropped the video for “Little Red Wagon,” a saucy romp that New York dubbed the best song off her latest album, Platinum—is kicking things into overdrive. In addition to her 54-stop nationwide tour, Lambert also proudly serves as an authentic role model to young girls everywhere. “It’s a scary thing to put on yourself,” she says in her butterscotch-thick lilt, “but it’s also okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to admit that you have insecurities because we all do. It’s okay to be a little rough around the edges.” Here the singer chats candidly with ELLE.com about her very first Olivia Pope decision, biscuit eating, and country life with husband Blake Shelton:
You are very much considered to be a “role model,” do you ever wish you could relinquish the responsibility of having to behave?
I try not to think about it too much, you know? I see these cute little girls at my shows…They’re on their daddies’ shoulders, and I just sang a song with the word ‘shit’ in it. [Laughs]
What’s the craziest thing a superfan has ever said to you?
This girl came up to me not that long ago in a meet and greet and she said, ‘Just so you know, it’s because of you that I threw away my scale.’ That’s the best help that I could provide because I’ve been a lot of sizes in my career. I’ve always just tried to rock what I’ve got, no matter what my body is at the time. For her–and she was a cute, like, normal size girl–to say that, well, it really made me feel good.
As someone who understands the plight of dieting, I want to confess something to you: Last night I went out with my girlfriends and just ate all of the fried foods, and now I feel like throwing in the towel…
Isn’t that funny, how we immediately just feel like we’ve ruined it all?
I don’t think guys brace themselves for the impact the way women do. I’m like, ‘I had six onion rings, three mozzarella sticks, two chicken fingers…’
You start counting them, yeah. [Laughs] You’ve got to bounce back. You have to blow it out every now and then, but then you have to go, ‘Okay, maybe I’ll skip a couple of those kinds of meals.’ You pick and choose your times, but you can’t be too hard on yourself for having fun.
What’s your take on the “clean eating” craze? It makes me feel like there is simply no room for error…
I don’t think diets work. I think it’s a choice you make every single day.
When was the last time you just threw caution to the wind and got down with some greasy grub?
Two days ago I was at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville. I had never been there and basically caused a scene with my biscuit eating. I got back out on the road, where I’m traveling with my trainer, and I was sitting with him at lunch and was like, ‘I need to confess something to you.’ He was like, ‘It’s okay, but we’re going to run today.’
As the consummate role model, is it difficult when people put your and Blake’s relationship on a pedestal?
It is, but I don’t think about it. I mean, honestly, we are normal. We argue like regular husband and wife. We have great moments and we have not-so-great moments; we’re pretty upfront and honest with people about who we are. We don’t hide a lot of things. We’re just kind of, like, country folk. Because when all of the glitz and glamour goes away, it’s just us at home in the country.
Does Hollywood ever threaten to, like, tarnish your perspective?
We don’t even—that’s not even on our radar. We don’t care. I mean, Hollywood is just a place where Blake has to go to work and then he comes home. It has no bearing on our lives at all.
Growing up, were there certain women who you looked up to, and whose tenets of living appealed to you?
Both my mom and my grandma were really big influences on me not only by being strong and teaching me to be strong but also owning their salt as well. My mom was never afraid to say, ‘I’m sorry. I screwed up.’ I feel like that’s an important lesson. We try to hold ourselves to such high—sometimes impossible—expectations. I think it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them and be who you are. There’s a Southern saying that goes, ‘I love Jesus, but I cuss a little.’ Every time someone’s like ‘What’s your advice for young girls?’ I say, ‘Just start figuring out what you love, and what you’re about, and don’t ever stray from it because people will try to pull you in a million directions.’
Have you ever made an Olivia Pope-style, from-the-gut decision that everyone around you thought was crazy?
Um, probably musically. [Laughs] When I first started out I was 17—I was 17 to 20 when I was writing my first record. When I got a record deal I said, ‘I’m only wearing jeans. I’m not wearing frilly dresses.’ Dancing around in sequins is just not who I am. I wanted to be heard, not seen. People were like , ‘Well, you know, you need to kind of be flexible on that,’ and I just wasn’t at all. Looking back on it, it was a little extreme, but I really stuck to it. Luckily it worked, but even if it didn’t, I always knew that I’d be able to sleep at night.
Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban made an appearance on Good Morning America where it was revealed they won Musical Event Of The Year for We Were Us and that she was the new spokeswomen (and also the first women) for Ram Trucks. Miranda also did a brief interview which you can view here. Check out all the photos in the gallery.
Rolling Stone — Today could very well be one of the most memorable days in Miranda Lambert’s life. The country megastar is nominated in nine categories at tonight’s 48th annual CMA Awards, more than any other artist this year, and pundits are predicating multiple wins.
“I don’t think it’s set in that I have nine nominations,” Lambert remarked to Rolling Stone Country earlier this week. “When I heard that, I sort of had to think back in my mind: ‘What have I done this year to deserve all of this?’ I started thinking about everything we have done, and putting out a record and all of that. It just feels like every time you get on the bus and you’re gone for 18 straight days and you’re away from your family and your husband, it’s not for nothing. It matters, and people are paying attention.”
When asked if there’s one award she really has her eye on winning, Lambert smiles and responds, “I will take any of them! But I am very excited to be in the Entertainer of the Year category and I’m representing for the girls this year.”
Lambert is the lone female in the Entertainer category — the night’s top honor — which includes her husband Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, George Strait and Luke Bryan. Lambert is also a contender in the Female Vocalist category, which she’s won four times. If she picks up her fifth trophy tonight, she’ll set a record for the most wins in that category — “which is crazy,” she says, shaking her head in disbelief.
“I’m very nervous and I don’t ever think of anything smart in thank you speeches. I start crying, and my tough girl image is out the window. I’ve been crying a lot lately. It means so much to me, and I’m so overwhelmed with my job. I get to do the most amazing job in the world, and then I get an award for it. It’s crazy.”
One of the things she’s most looking forward to tonight is performing “All About That Bass” with Meghan Trainor. “I didn’t hesitate at all,” Lambert says of being asked to perform with the pop sensation. “I love that song! It’s one of those songs that my whole band and crew would come in and dance to it. It’s got a special place in my heart because it was our tour song. So I didn’t even have to go ‘Oh, gotta learn it.'”
Will Lambert put a little country spin on the pop megahit? “Maybe a little bit just because everything I sing is country,” she says, then excitedly explaining the song’s appeal. “It’s about positive body image in a fun way. It’s not cramming it down your throat, but it’s a really positive message.”
When country music’s biggest night is over, Lambert is looking forward to a little relaxation. She and Shelton are boarding their tour buses right after the show, to head home to Oklahoma. “Blake’s been filming in L.A. and I have been running around crazy and getting ready for the [Redemption Ranch animal] shelter to open November 22. And I opened a Bed & Breakfast, the Ladysmith, and now this stuff with CMA week. So I’m looking forward to just being together at home,” says the “Platinum” singer. “We go back to normal when we go back to Oklahoma. There’s none of the glitz and glam. We get to share these moments together, but at the end of the day we’re just going to be on our porch drinking a beer.”
The Tennessean — Call it blond ambition.
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert have been trying to work out a chance to sing together on an album for years. Underwood said that this time when Lambert went in to record her new album “Platinum,” which will be in stores Tuesday, her friend was determined Underwood’s voice would be on the project.
“We’ve always talked about how we should sing together,” Underwood said. “For whatever reason, we all dive into our albums or wait for the right song (and it never happens). This time, (Lambert) just set her mind on it, ‘I’m going to make this happen.'”
Lambert found “Somethin’ Bad,” a song written by frequent Underwood collaborators Chris DeStefano and Brett James along with Priscilla Renea. And after some tweaking — the song was originally written as a guy/girl duet — the ladies said it was perfect for their collaboration.
“It just seemed like such a fun thing,” Underwood said. “Why not? The two of us on stage together, it just sounds like fun.”
Country fans will get a chance to see the country powerhouses perform “Somethin’ Bad” on the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night. The show will air live from Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. on the network.
And while she’s calm and confident about her duet with Underwood now, Lambert admitted that for a while, she “freaked” herself out about it.
“It’s just rock and roll,” Lambert said of the song. “The morning (Underwood was coming in to record it with me), I woke up and … I called (husband) Blake (Shelton) and I was like, ‘What the heck have I done?’ I was going over it in my head and I was trying to sing it in the shower and stuff and I was like, ‘I can’t sing this song with Carrie Underwood. The notes are huge. I can’t do this.’ He’s like, ‘What are you talking about?’ Then we got into it and I’m like, ‘Yes, this is me.’ I just had a moment of, ‘What’s happening?’ Because, she’s a great singer, but it also pushes me to be better, so that’s a good thing.”
USA Today — On one song from her album Platinum, out Tuesday, Miranda Lambert puts herself in the shoes of Priscilla Presley. “I feel ya, Priscilla,” sings Lambert, identifying with the peculiar challenges of being “married to a man who’s married to attention.”
“We had to put up a gate to find time to procreate — at least that’s what we read.”
With that line, Lambert, 30, who celebrated her third anniversary with fellow country singer Blake Shelton last month, knew Priscilla songwriters Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins had pegged her. After all, she and Shelton had just installed an automatic gate on their driveway that closes behind them every time they drive in.
“Even if it’s people you know, sometimes you need to cement it,” Lambert says. “It’s just like, ‘No one come over; we’re having us-time for a second.’ We haven’t seen each other, and we need to be like, ‘Hey, how was the last five days?’ It just gets too crowded sometimes.”
The couple’s 1,200-acre spread in Tishomingo, Okla., offers refuge not just from the road but from constant, often conflicting, gossip stories that have dogged the two since they married in May 2011. They’re drinking too much. They’re splitting — at a cost, depending on the report, of $40 million or $100 million. Lambert’s anorexic. No, she’s pregnant. With twins.
When it comes to being pregnant, Lambert says, “I’m not” — an uncommonly direct statement from someone who uses the contradictory stories as a shield to protect her private life. Lambert and Shelton have even taken to riffing on the reports on Twitter, sometimes sitting next to each other as they plan their next social-media wisecrack, essentially creating a semi-fictional persona for their relationship that acts as a smokescreen for the real thing.
“Nobody would really know the truth, at this point, for sure,” Lambert says. “We didn’t plan it, but we have fun messing with it.”
Ask her directly about the rumors, and Lambert responds with quips designed to deflect as much as answer.
What’s the status of her marriage? “I’m happy. You’ll have to ask Blake how he feels.”
Is she anorexic? “I’m not anorexic. I’m not sure if I’m not pregnant, because I’m supposed to be having an alien child. That’s the next headline.”
Does she or Blake have a drinking problem? “The only problem with the drinking is that if he gets up to make a drink and he doesn’t make me one, I get (mad). It’s like, you better be bringing me a cocktail, too, buddy.”
Is she sure she isn’t pregnant? “The only way that anybody will actually know I’m pregnant is when you see a child.”
However, Lambert can’t help noticing people looking for clues when she goes out in public.
“I can see people staring at me if we go to a restaurant,” she says. She’ll see people making sideways glances toward her midsection and whatever glass she has in her hand. “I just want to be like, ‘It’s alcohol! I’m not pregnant.’ You know what I mean? ‘You want to smell it? It’s clear, but it ain’t water.’ ”
Priscilla Presley probably understands just how she feels.