Official Site — Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainement and Music Business announced that proceeds from Miranda Lambert’s “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” Unplugged acoustic show would be used to establish the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship to outstanding women students.
As part of Miranda’s ongoing pledge to support other female artists, Lambert has invited her writer pals Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander to participate in this special evening celebrating women for her unplugged version of the “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” Tour on July 28th at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. She will also be joined by her fall tourmates Raelynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole. Hemby, Dunn and Cole are all Belmont University graduates.
“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,” said Lambert, who noted that her passion for music is her motivation to continue breaking down the doors for fellow female singer/songwriters. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”
Doug Howard, dean of the Curb College, added, “Throughout her career Miranda Lambert has been a faithful and loyal supporter of women songwriters and artists, and her music has served to inspire and to empower. And now, with the creation of her scholarship fund, Miranda will directly impact the education and opportunities of young women creators as they prepare for a career in the music industry. We are truly grateful for this generous gift and for the vision of its wonderful purpose.”
The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide over $40,000 in scholarship funds to a female student majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies enrolled for the 2016/2017 academic year.
About the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
In 1971, Belmont first established a Music Business program designed to prepare young women and men for operational, administrative, creative and technical careers in the music industry. The program grew in both size and reputation, leading to the advent of the full Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2003. Currently home to more than 2,000 undergraduates with majors in five areas—music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting and motion pictures—the college boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, filmmakers and sound and recording engineers. It is a world leader in music business and entertainment industry education and the only freestanding college of its kind.
About Belmont University
Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the seventh consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 7,300 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.
Associated Press — NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, country music’s top couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage.
The news was confirmed in a statement by the couple to The Associated Press, issued by their representatives Monday.
“This is not the future we envisioned,” the former couple said in the statement.
“And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”
The two multiplatinum stars came together just as their careers were hitting their peak, but the couple had to constantly deny rumors that their superstar careers were taking a toll on their marriage. Although sometimes they joked about competing against each other for awards, publicly they were constantly championing each other’s successes and there were no obvious signs of trouble when the couple appeared at the Academy of Country Music Awards together in April.
Grammy-winning native Texan Lambert, 31, is one of country’s music most lauded female singers with her fiery brand of sass and sincerity on songs like “Gunpowder & Lead” and “The House That Built Me.”
“Boys `Round Here” singer Shelton, with his cheeky humor and easy likability, became a ubiquitous star as he juggled his musical and television career, as a judge on “The Voice” and a co-host of the ACMs. The 39-year-old Shelton first marriage of three years ended in divorce.
“We’re a really normal couple,” Lambert told The Associated Press in 2010. “We like to back road and hunt and fish. When we’re home, we’re not in that mode. We’re not in work mode, but it’s so great to have success together. Our careers have both taken a really good step in a good direction at the same time. I just think we have a really good relationship. It’s really strong. We’re best friends, and I can’t see myself with anybody else.”
But tabloids hounded the couple, in particularly focusing on their personal lives and Lambert’s weight.
“There are people who literally, their only job is to make other people miserable, and that’s a terrible way to live your life,” Lambert told The Associated Press in 2014.
The Boot — Miranda Lambert has a lot of hit singles under her belt, but the superstar says there are a few of her songs that she counts as favorites — and they may be unexpected choices.
“‘Dead Flowers’ is a definite favorite. ‘Love Looking for You’ is another one,” she says. “Neither was a huge hit, but from a songwriting perspective, I’m proud of both of those.
“‘Love Looking for You’ was one of the early ones. It took me a while to understand what I was saying with that song,” she adds. “Writing something as a young kid, sometimes you go back and hear it from a different angle from how you heard it when you wrote it. A song you wrote when you were young can surprise you when you’re older.”
Lambert started writing songs when she was only 17 years old, and she says that she took to the process instantly.
“I started playing guitar and wrote my first song, and it felt like the first thing that had ever come naturally to me. It was something I didn’t have to work really hard at, whereas I had to work hard at everything else I had done,” she explains. “I think it’s maybe something you’re either born with, or you’re not.”
Marie Claire — Miranda Lambert looks like she’s been crying. “It’s just allergies,” the Texas-born, Tishomingo, Oklahoma, resident says, sniffling and leaning back in a lawn chair behind the main stage at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. She’s dressed in black ripped American Eagle Outfitters jeans, black Freebird by Steven boots, and a gray tank top that reads ON THE ROAD SOMEWHERE. She flattens her newly bobbed platinum hair with her fingertips and roots around in her bag for Claritin and Nasacort. “I’m not afraid of a pill,” she jokes. “I have to take them in the mornings because I drink a lot. Advil helps. So does a Bloody Mary.”
When asked what defines “a lot,” Lambert, 31, bites her cheek and mulls it over. “You know when you have to check those boxes when you go to the doctor? Do you drink every day? Never? Socially? I’m always like, Hmm, the truth or not the truth?” She checks “socially.”
Lambert’s family has traveled with her to Vegas. Her father, Rick; mother, Bev (who runs her fan club); and younger brother, Luke (a software designer who also helps with the fan club). Her husband, blue-state country-music ambassador and amiable coach of The Voice Blake Shelton, left this morning only because he had his own concert in Hollywood, California. Lambert passes around a photo booth film strip from the night before at her MuttNation Foundation charity ball of the two of them hamming it up, the 6’5″ Shelton’s head almost entirely cut off in every frame (she’s 5’4″). She curls her lip. “Well, at least I look cute.”
On writing and singing her own songs: “Early on, an artist told me, ‘Don’t be yourself. Perform and be someone else. And I thought, ‘That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.’ Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, ‘No, that’s bullshit.’ I’d rather sell four copies of something that’s real than 4 million copies of something that’s fake.”
On marriage: “I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness … Literally, everything is the best about being married.”
On her 20-pound weight loss: “When you have to walk out there in front of thousands of people, it does feel good to know that your shit’s not jiggling. I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”
On her chosen career: “When I first started playing bars in Texas, my parents had to come so I could get in. I didn’t have any other plans. I didn’t go to college. There was no, ‘if this doesn’t work out…’ It was like: ‘This has to work out!’ When I walk into a bar and smell old beer and cigarettes, it smells like home, because that’s where I grew up.”
On lightening up psychologically: “I’m always anxious. I will worry myself into oblivion. I was trying to make everything regimented, and it caused too much stress. I learned everything doesn’t have to be perfect. That sometimes it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t want to be the boss today. I have PMS. Bother someone else.’ I like things better flawed anyway.”
Detroit Free Press — Country mega-star Miranda Lambert is Ram Trucks’ new spokeswoman.
Details of the partnership have not been released yet, except that it “will continue to evolve in 2015.”
Brand spokeswoman Eileen Wunderlich declined to say if the Grammy winner would appear in any commercials.
“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day. I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram,” Lambert said in a statement.
The first manifestation of the Lambert-Ram deal is the customized Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn the truck maker gave her — and which she’s auctioning off to raise money for her shelter-animals charity MuttNation Foundation.
“Miranda Lambert and Ram Truck are a perfect fit,” Bob Hegbloom, Ram Truck president and CEO, said in a statement. “She values hard work, courage and lives her life to the fullest — the same characteristics that our brand celebrates in our owners.”
Ram sales were up 36% in October over October 2013 and up 26% so far this year.
The auction, which includes other Lambert memorabilia and concert tickets, ends Nov. 15.
Tonight, Lambert, who’s married to “The Voice” judge and fellow country music star Blake Shelton, vies for nine CMA Awards.
All Access — The MIRANDA LAMBERT and CARRIE UNDERWOOD duet “Somethin’ Bad” has been officially certified as a PLATINUM Digital Single by the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA).
“Somethin’ Bad” has also garnered a pair of CMA AWARDS nominations for LAMBERT and UNDERWOOD in the categories of Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. “Somethin’ Bad” is the second single from LAMBERT’s “Platinum” album.
Deadline.Com — Country music star Miranda Lambert is collaborating on the female comedy script Something In The Water penned by celebrated country music video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery. The strong female-led project is a multi-generational ensemble piece set in the heartland; Lambert would take on one of the roles in the romp about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. The project, which Fanjoy also hopes to direct, is said be in the vein of Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias.
Lambert and Fanjoy have long collaborated. In fact, for about a decade. Fanjoy directed Lambert’s first music video for the singer’s first single and has, subsequently, helmed the country artist’s videos on her game-changing hits — “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Fastest Girl In Town,” “Over You,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and the singer’s most recent hit video “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood (which has been viewed over 10 million times since bowing last month and has pulled record-breaking view numbers for Viacom and its County Music Television). Together, Lambert and Fanjoy have racked up numerous awards, most recently this past June when Lambert won Female Video of the Year for the song “Automatic,” directed (once again) by Fanjoy.