Miranda and Blake are featured in the recent issue of US Weekly Magazine. She talks about how they’ve settled in being married, their plans to start a family, and how a pool in L.A. sealed the deal for her to visit while he films The Voice! Be sure to check out this interview!
– Magazine Scans > 2011 > October 2011 – Us Weekly (x002)
Miranda is once again the cover girl for Ladies Home Journal!!! This is the second time this year that she has been on the cover! She looks gorgeous as always, let’s hope we get some photos from this shoot!!!
Miranda Lambert, perched on a couch at her Nashville record company, is listing all the guest singers on her new album. “There’s Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and I’ve got Blake, of course, my husband…” Then she stops and laughs. “It’s fun to say that.” She’s still adjusting to being a newlywed — after getting hitched to country singer and The Voice star Blake Shelton on a Texas ranch last May — but her life, as usual, is galloping along. She’s part of a new country girl group, Pistol Annies, whose first album, Hell on Heels, is a hit. And this month the Grammy winner is releasing Four the Record, which is her best — and most personal — solo album yet (she wrote or cowrote six of the songs).
Lambert may not be the rowdy teenager who burst onto the scene in 2003 with the USA Network talent show Nashville Star, but the 28-year-old is still as fiery and plainspoken as ever. (And she still kicks back after shows with “Miranda-ritas,” her own concoction of “Bacardi, Crystal Light, and a splash of Diet Sprite.”) Today, having rolled out of bed at 10 a.m., the Texas native wears sleek purple pants, a black T-shirt, and a feather hair extension. “I got feathers, like every other girl,” she says, playing with her hair. “Hey, if you can rock it, rock it.” Over a long afternoon chat, Lambert talks openly about family, fame and, for the first time, her marriage to Shelton, 35. “I only had one person say to me in the first month of my engagement that I was going to love being married,” she says. “The rest of them were like, ‘You’re going to ruin your relationship!’ But I feel excited to be married. When I see Blake playing with his wedding ring, it reminds me that somebody has my back forever.”
In the not too distant past, there were only two means for musicians to get record company executives and potential managers to hear their music. One way was to play live shows and showcases and hope that you could convince the right person to show up and “discover” you, and the other method involved sending out tapes and gambling on the remote chance that you’d make the right impression within the first 10 seconds should your tape even make its way out of the submission pile.
Today’s social media like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace has greatly increased the odds of getting discovered or heard, but the abundance of high-profile music-oriented contests provide the truly talented an even better means for getting exposed to the right people and propelling a successful career into motion. This was certainly the case with country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert, who burst onto the scene in 2003 after finishing in third place during the inaugural season of Nashville Star, a country-oriented talent competition that aired on USA Network and later on NBC.
“I initially wasn’t too excited to go on the show,” admits Lambert. “But Nashville Star was my vehicle that got me in front of the right people. Now look at where I am. I don’t think I’d be where I am today if it wasn’t for Nashville Star. Today I think that any opportunity is a great opportunity. If you can find the right competition for you as an artist, it’s definitely a helpful vehicle that can get your career off to a great start.”
Lambert encourages prospective entrants in singer or songwriter competitions to focus on being themselves and doing their best rather than strategizing to create something that they think the judges will like. “Let the judges know who you really are,” Lambert suggests. “Go into the competition with confidence and go, This is my music. Even if you don’t win, at least you did your own music and were true to yourself. Do not conform to what you think the judges or whoever wants to hear. Go in there and be yourself.”
Miranda Lambert, the current queen of country music, is working double time these days.
Not only is she promoting her new girl band, Pistol Annies, who released their debut album, Hell on Heels, on Tuesday, she’s beginning to gear up for the November 4 release of her own disc, Four The Record.
But Lambert, whose single “Baggage Claim” is quickly racing up the charts, isn’t just a performer—she’s a listener, too!
EW caught up with the no-nonsense blonde last week, and she told us about what she’s been playing on her iPod recently.
Check out Miranda’s music picks below:
“I just love how much soul she has. She sings with all of herself, and whenever you listen, it just feels like she’s telling a story and you’re believing every word of it. I like “Rumour Has It.” I like sassy songs, as you know—it’s got some sex appeal to it, but it’s also just sassy.”
Check out this great interview the Pistol Annies did with The Boot. They talk about the new album, the songs, and much more!
Earlier this year, during the taping of the Academy of Country Music’s ‘Girls’ Night Out’ television special in Las Vegas, Miranda Lambert surprised the audience by introducing them to two of her songwriting friends, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley and announcing that they would be forming a trio called Pistol Annies. Now, less than six months later, the three have released their debut CD, ‘Hell on Heels’ (out today, August 23). While on tour, Miranda has been joined by Angeleena and Ashley to give fans a taste of what this organically-grown girl group is all about. And now that their album is available, those who haven’t seen them live can experience the sweet, distinctly southern harmony and lyrics crafted with a decidedly edgy sense of humor.
The Boot sat down with Pistol Annies for an exclusive chat about everything from songwriting to squirrel gravy. We also discovered how a stripper in Kansas led them to their group name.
The combination of the three of you together obviously works very well. Why do you think that is?
Ashley: I’m from east Tennessee, Miranda’s from Texas, [Angaleena]’s from Kentucky. We all have a different kind of background in country music but we’re all from small towns; we’re all really rootsy. We know what real life is like, we were all raised similar ways.
Angaleena: And we all tell the truth.That’s the one common thread with us, being honest.
Miranda: That was obvious in all of our music individually. I knew their songs, their writing styles, and they knew mine. So we didn’t even have to discuss that part. That’s what clicked so fast. There was an understanding of that’s what this is going to be.
Ashley: We complement each other’s music.
Angaleena: Writing, that’s the fun part for us. It comes easy because that’s what we love. When I found these two girls I thought, “My gosh, I have these two friends who are understanding where I’m coming from and the whole creative process.”
Ashley: It’s writing because you want to, not because you have to.
Country music has always been an art form that championed the outlaw.
From Johnny Cash’s “Man in Black” to the 1970s revolution led by Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, country music has nurtured and celebrated defiance since its inception at the turn of the last century.
At first glance, Miranda Lambert might not seem like a logical heir to the rebel throne. The 27-year-old Grammy-winning stunner from Longview, Texas, wed Blake Shelton, a fellow country music superstar and judge on the NBC smash hit “The Voice,” earlier this year. Her trademark long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes make her resemble more of a classic pop star than a subversive songwriter.
In the end, though, it’s songs that set Lambert apart and hearken her career back to the trailblazing desperados that came before her. Lambert will show off those skills at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Sunday.
“Even at a young age, I knew who I was and what I wanted my music to sound like,” Lambert said. “Authenticity is and has always been very important to me, and I am proud that I still love every lyric of every song on all my albums.”
Until Miranda Lambert entered the picture, Blake Shelton wasn’t exactly the jocular yet empathetic star fans now know him to be. In an exclusive interview, the multiplatinum-selling country crooner, 35, tells Us Weekly how his new bride helped him tame his once wild ways.
“I was a single male country singer raising hell, going out after concerts to bars and drinking and doing whatever I wanted,” The Voice mentor recalls. “And why the hell not? I wouldn’t take it back, either.”
Now that he’s gotten everything out of his system, Shelton jokes: “Man, I don’t know where in the hell I got the energy! I’m getting old now, and my hair’s going gray.”
All kidding aside, life is much different for the “Honey Bee” singer these days. Shelton credits his wife of seven weeks, 27, with helping him “grow into a normal, adult routine.”
“I grew tried of going out drinking until 7 a.m. and then waking up at noon and eating pizza,” Shelton tells Us. “Now if I want to go drinking, I only want to sit at the house with Miranda watching Snapped on TV at home. It’s crazy because even if I’m just out on her bus while she’s on the road or watching her do her shows, I’m 100 percent comfortable because she is there. She really is that rock for me and the center of all of this.”
For more details on Shelton’s new life — including how his 2006 divorce affected his decision to remarry, how he and Lambert learned to brush off adultery rumors, when he plans to start a family, and much more — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, out now.
The Pistol Annies recently did an interview with US 99.5 and had their very first radio interview with Trish Biondo. The girls talk about how the group got started, Hell On Heels and the new album (which should be out early July), hunting and much more! Check out this fun amazing interview here!
– Appearances & Events > 2011 > Pistol Annies Visit US99.5 Studios (x33)