Official Site — Reigning six-time consecutive CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert is gearing up for a very busy 2016. She is heading out on the road for her headlining tour with special guest, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore and the CMA and ACM nominated duo, Brothers Osborne.
In addition to Miranda’s own headlining tour, she is also joining Kenny Chesney on his “Spread the Love” Tour performing in stadiums around the country starting in April. And for the first time, Miranda will perform for her fans overseas, on March 11th in London (UK), on March 12th in Dublin (Ireland) and March 13th in Glasgow (Scotland) as part of the Country to Country Festival 2016 (C2C).
“Keeper of the Flame” Tour stops will include:
Darien Center, NY
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
Orange Beach, AL
San Antonio, TX
Saratoga Springs, NY
St. Louis, MO
Virginia Beach, VA
West Palm Beach, FL
CMT.Com — At Miranda Lambert’s intimate City Winery show on Wednesday (Jan. 20) night in Nashville, she admitted to the crowd that her 2015 wasn’t that great. And that she had the scars to prove it. And the perfect song to go along with it.
It’s called “Scars.”
Her guitarist Scotty Wray wrote it 16 years ago and Lambert said, “I have been in love with it for that long.
“Tonight I’m going to try and sing it,” she said. “I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars.’ It’s something you have to sell and really feel — and go through shit, basically — to execute.”
The song is about the scars that serve as reminders of all you’ve gone though, with lyrics like, “Even if the world could look inside us, they might miss the bandage on our hearts.”
Before they performed the song, just the two of them, Lambert and Wray showed off the matching tattoos they got on their right arms to commemorate their rough 2015.
At Wednesday’s show, several allies on Lambert’s talent squad — Ashley Monroe, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Charles Kelley, Collin Raye, Maren Morris and Brent Cobb — took turns onstage, showing her that she might have had a bad year, but she has really good friends.
On being a female in country music: “I just love what I do so much. I love songwriting and the road and the family of country music. I love being a female in country music and lifting up other females of country. I’m more in it right now than I ever have been.”
On whether her views on marriage changed: “We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends. I’m still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened. [Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try … If I ever were to get married again — which is completely not on my radar at all right now — I feel like it’s not about it being a step in life. It’s not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It’s the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart.”
On living a life full of everything: “I just want to live a life full of everything. Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, ‘Man this sucks right now.’ I don’t necessarily want to know that I have really bad, long, lonely nights ahead of me, but I have had some, and I still have a bunch ahead of me. But it’s about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day and going, ‘All right, I’m going to ride my ponies. I’m going to have a girls’ night.’ That’s where I am. That’s where I’m gonna live.”
For more of Miranda Lambert’s exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the January 2016 issue on newsstands December 8.
On November 4, 2015 Miranda Lambert attended the 49th Annual CMA Awards. Congratulations are in order as Miranda won the Female Vocalist of the Year Award for the 6th year in a row! Miranda also took the stage to perform “Bathroom Sink” from Platinum. Check out the performance above. Thanks so much to my friend Holly over at Dominic Sherwood.Com for donating photos!
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.
On July 22, 2015 Miranda Lambert was a special guest at Ashley Monroe’s album release party. They performed Heart Like Mine. Check out the video below:
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 — Fresh off the success of her Top 5 single “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert has chosen “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” her collaboration with Little Big Town, as the next single from her 2014 Platinum album.
The quartet originally wanted the song, written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, for their 2014 Pain Killer album, but Lambert already had it on hold.
“[Little Big Town member Karen Fairchild] told me, ‘You have a song I want!,’” Lambert recalls. “So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’ This was at the CMT Awards, just joking around in the dressing room. But when I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town want to sing on my record, we are d–n sure taking advantage of it!’
“I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them,” she adds.
The wife of Blake Shelton says that her new single is the closest she’ll ever come to recording a party song, and that the tune can inspire a bit of misbehavior in her own life.
“It really, really, really makes me want to smoke and drink,” she says. “I don’t smoke. But I drink. A lot.
“I feel like this is my party song,” Lambert continues. “I want to party when I hear this song, in my own way. That’s why I connected to it. I just immediately was like, ‘Yes.’”
Lambert was joined by Little Big Town for a performance of “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” at the 2014 CMA Awards.
Download “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” on iTunes.