Miranda Lambert has more than one new union to talk about right now — in addition to her May marriage to fellow country singer Blake Shelton, she’s also been in the studio with her new trio, Pistol Annies.
Lambert says the group — comprised of fellow singer songwriters Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley — provides an outlet for different aspects of her creativity. She talked about Pistol Annies, her new hubby and her relationship with her fans before going onstage at LP Field Sunday night during the CMA Music Festival.
You’ve been incredibly busy. You just released a single, but it isn’t a Miranda Lambert single, it’s a Pistol Annies single (“Hell on Heels”). Can you talk about going back and forth between the projects?
It’s been crazy. I did start a band, Pistol Annies, a couple of years ago. We were in the studio a couple of months ago. We did six tracks and then we decided to do a full album so we went back in. Then this last week I’ve been in the studio working on my own new record and then the last day of that recording we added on Pistol Annies. So, it’s been all over the map creatively, but it’s so good for me.
It gets my creative juices flowing when I have the girls. It took a lot of work and my manager did a great job. We really wanted to capitalize on this big night, and I get to have the girls with me. Our single “Hell on Heels” came out on our website (PistolAnnies.com, Sunday). It’s not on iTunes yet, but we’re working on that. It’s been really fun. It’s been cool to have to balance the two and really focus on just music the last month. It’s just been straight recording with me in the studio. I’m really excited.
Can you talk about CMA Fest this week and your fan club party?
We did a fan club party this morning. There were 500 people there. The first fan club party I ever had was seven years ago or maybe eight. It was 15 people at the Residence Inn on Elm Hill Pike and we had pizza, so it’s definitely changed a lot since then.
But I also had the girls Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley from Pistol Annies there and we sang to my fans and we sang some songs to my fan club. Your fan club is your core. They are the ones that go out and spread the word about your music and so now they’re on the Pistol Annies bandwagon, which is great. And tonight we get to get up on the stage. Even in soundcheck today, we were just looking out at that stadium and it’s just so huge and it’s really exciting to be in front of that many country music fans at one time.
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.
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.
It’s official: Miranda Lambert is a married woman!
The 27-year-old “House That Built Me” singer wed longtime love Blake Shelton late Saturday evening at Texas’ Don Strange Ranch, the couple confirms to Us Weekly exclusively.
Wearing her mother’s wedding dress, Lambert walked down the aisle in front of 550 family members and friends (including Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelly and the Bellamy Brothers).
“I’m married to my best friend!” Lambert told Us after the ceremony. “Looking forward to a lifetime of laughter.”
Added Shelton, 34: “I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it’s official!”
Dating since 2006, The Voice mentor asked for Lambert’s hand in marriage last May. “I fumbled it up a little,” he told Us of the proposal. “It’s funny how you rehearse those things and go over what you want to say, but I probably screwed it up.”
Fortunately, Lambert didn’t seem to notice. “He did a really good job,” she insisted. “He’s always nervous around me, though — and that’s how I like it!”
This is the first marriage for Lambert; Shelton was married to Kaynette Williams from 2003-2006.
With their May 14 wedding date quickly approaching, Blake Shelton attributes the success of their relationship to Miranda Lambert. The biggest obstacle the couple face is their differing tour schedules, which keeps them not only away from home, but apart.
“If she has time off and I’m not home, she’ll come out and find me on the road and just stay with me out there … that probably saves our relationship as much as anything,” he admits (quote via Lancaster, Pa. radio station WIOV).
Blake can also credit his future wife with taking care of all the wedding plans, which suits him just fine. “Here’s the thing — I am thrilled to be married to Miranda Lambert, but I don’t give a crap about weddings,” he reveals to The Boot. “It’s a big deal to her, and I’m excited for her, but I don’t have a lot of input because I don’t have a lot of ideas about it.”
Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell sat down to chat with the the women being honored at the Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” Special airing Friday night on CBS. Sadly, Miranda didn’t talk much, but it was still a great interview with all the women nonetheless talking about the pressures of being a female performer, weight, age, and much more!
Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “The House That Built Me,” the former Nashville Star finalist has proven that it doesn’t matter where you come from, as long as you’ve got the vocal chops to make it.
Next up for the rising star? The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, where Lambert is nominated for seven awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She’s also set to perform at the show, which fiance Blake Shelton will co-host with Reba McEntire.The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke with the 27-year-old Lindale, Texas native.
The Hollywood Reporter: You’re up for Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs…
Miranda Lambert: Yes I am. It’s a little bit surreal because it’s one of the things that I set as a goal for myself and here it is. I’m not sure I deserve to win this year, but I’m definitely glad to be in the category.
THR: When did you set it out as a goal for yourself?
Lambert: Probably 10 years ago when I first started. I said I want to be in the next 10 years nominated for Entertainer of the Year. A lot of the goals I set for myself have happened in 2010 and now this year. So, I’ve started thinking about making some new ones.
THR: Would the best scenario be that Blake, your fiance, would hand you the award as he’s co-hosting?
Lambert: Yeah. It’s awesome. We always hope that one of us will get to hand the other one an award, which would be amazing, obviously. This year, I probably won’t see him because he’s going to be real busy because he’s hosting.