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Consider all the living she’s done since she stomped onto the scene with Kerosene in 2005: she is the four-time reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, a Grammy winner with three award winning Albums of the Year under her belt, and a happily married woman whose personal foundation, MuttNation, has raised millions of dollars for pet shelters across the country. Take in all that, and you suddenly realize that the little blond spitfire from Lindale, Texas has grown up right before our eyes. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Miranda Lambert Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
With her fifth album, Platinum, on RCA Records Nashville, she’s taking stock, and turning the page on where she’s been. “I look back at my twenties and everything that I did – I worked hard and I played hard, and I have all of that under my belt to sort of reflect on,” she says. “But I feel like when you hit 30, you have to hold yourself accountable. I need to own up to my own shit. I don’t have anything to hide, so whatever I’m going through, I want to sing about it – because somebody else is going through it, too.”
Sensitive words from a talented grown woman… but then again, she’s still got that pistol tattoo. “I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of being a little spitfire,” Lambert laughs. “But I’m kind of done with the whole ‘I’ll kill you and burn your house down’ thing. I mean, I’ll still burn your house down if I need to, but I won’t sing about it. I’ll just come do it.” Get in touch with Command Talent, a Miranda Lambert Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
Lambert and her Four The Record production team of Frank Liddell and Chuck Ainlay went into the studio in August of 2103 for seven days to record Platinum, but the album – which takes its title from track two, a campy celebration of record sales and dye jobs – wasn’t completed until January. “I was very nitpicky about this one,” Lambert confesses. “I was way more involved with certain sounds, certain background parts and guitar parts. It was really the most intense emotional record I think I’ve ever made. I’m the most attached to it. I think that comes with age, too: You just care so much about what you’ve worked so hard for.” She got in a room with her favorite songwriters and poured out her guts in Oklahoma, Nashville, Texas, Michigan, or wherever she happened to be at the time; she pulled outside cuts that told stories she related to in voices that felt familiar; she even found herself intimately involved in the mixing process, texting her producers at midnight and 6 a.m. “All I can do as an artist is say, ‘Every one of these songs matters, every one of these songs is my baby,’ and hope somebody cares,” Lambert says. “Because I love my job. For this album to be successful and allow me to keep doing my job? That’s why I care so much.”It’s perhaps fitting that, just as Lambert chose to immerse herself in the craft of classic album-making, Platinum’s first single, “Automatic,” likewise plants a defiant flag in the ground for the simple pleasures of a bygone age. Celebrating clotheslines and ’55 Chevys, snail mail and Sun Tea, its chorus asks the question a lot of us find ourselves pondering these days: “Hey, whatever happened to / waitin’ your turn / doing it all by hand?” Co-written by Lambert alongside Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby (a close friend and frequent collaborator), it’s a perfect example of what Miranda does best: combining maximum melody with maximum truth. “To me, ‘Automatic’ has a feel kind of like ‘Dead Flowers,’ one of the songs I’m most proud of in my career,” Lambert says, referencing the first single off 2009’s Revolution, a similarly slow-burning powerhouse. “I’m proud that we were able to bring that feeling back to life.” Once the track was complete, only one question remained: would “Automatic” fit in the landscape of modern country radio? “I listen to nothing but country radio, literally,” she says. “What does it sound like when they say, “New single from Miranda Lambert” right after they played Luke Bryan and before they play Blake Shelton? Hearing it on the radio, I could breathe. It does fit. We’re good.” “Automatic” hit #1 the week after Platinum was released. Get in touch with Command Talent, a Miranda Lambert Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
Platinum is indeed an album built on those types of comfortable friendships, whether it’s Hemby’s bespoke songwriting, Lambert’s long history with producer Liddell, or the deeply creative bond she shares with husband Shelton. Even the guest appearances came about the old-fashioned way: Lambert simply asked her Nashville friends to join her. Thus do Little Big Town provide a rich tapestry of harmony on “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; Carrie Underwood trades vocal licks with Lambert on “Something Bad”; and Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers bring Texas swing to life on the Dixie and Tom T. Hall classic “All That’s Left.” The story behind the duet with Underwood is surely the most epic: “It took me forever to write the email [to her], like I was writing a text to a boy or something,” Lambert remembers. “But she emailed back and said, ‘Let’s do it!’” Lambert says that day in the studio was nerve-wracking. “Carrie came in and was like, ‘We should adlib some!’” she recalls. “And I’m like [humming] mmmmm… and she’s like [belting] yeaheaheaheahhh! I literally started laughing when she did that. Like, I’m just gonna sit down, because I can’t ever sing like that.” (For the record, Lambert more than holds her own.) Get in touch with Command Talent, a Miranda Lambert Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.Two of the most powerful women in country music throwing down on “Something Bad” should generate some chart-shaking excitement amongst the fan faithful, but the fact that the song may still have to fight to belong in the current country climate isn’t lost on Lambert. “I feel like for a minute girls in country were really rockin’, and then the line [of guys] kept growing and we started to get shoved off the edge,” she says, the fire in her eyes starting to burn. “And it’s like, ‘Hold on now! Scoot on over!’ If we want to get back to the middle, we’re gonna have to push some of them off the edge.” Lambert says she has nothing against the men who dominate the dial with their tailgates and tan lines: “I have Florida Georgia Line on my iPod. I crank it up on the pontoon in the summer. Luke Bryan is a Cutie McCuterson. All of it I love. But I can’t sing about that. Nobody would believe me. I want to sing about stuff that resonates with me. There’s room for all of it, so I just want to make sure the door doesn’t close on singing about clotheslines, too.” Get in touch with Command Talent, a Miranda Lambert Booking Agent to discuss pricing for private parties, corporate events and concerts.
With millions of fans around the world enjoying Platinum, it seems there’s little risk of the door closing on Lambert any time soon. Frankly, the biggest question may be where she goes from here. Given the number of awards and accolades under her belt, it’s safe to say she’s risen from scrappy underdog to the top of her field – so what’s next? Lambert says she tries not to overthink it. “Awards mean everything and nothing,” Lambert says. “But you can’t say, ‘Well, I’ve made it now.’ You have to say, ‘How can I push myself to be better?’ You see someone who works harder than you, and it’s like, ‘How can I be more involved, more invested?’”
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