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.”