%cMiranda Lambert% is a force in country music. The country crooner has collected various coveted awards. She got a big break with her second album "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". The sophomore set made its way to the Billboard 200 chart at #6 in the first week while having a better luck in Country chart by striking #1. Reviews on this album mostly went to the positive direction with metacritic holding its 80+ sign.
Faced with such success at a moderate age, Miranda is still holding strong to what has brought her. The Texas girl was born November 10, 1983 in Longview but moved to another small town 80 miles east of Dallas, Lindale. In this city, little Miranda was exposed to a thick layer of country music especially from her father, Rick.
Though taking the job as a private investigator for a living, Rick often strummed his guitar and hummed country tunes. And thus Miranda grew up with the sounds of her father, %cGuy Clark%, %cJerry Jeff Walker%, and %cMerle Haggard%. A twist of fate came when at age 10, her father brought her to a %cGarth Brooks%' concert. So amazed and inspired was Miranda that she began setting her heart towards the path.
She started collecting country memorabilia and engaged in local singing competitions under her father's tutorial. Despite her strong passion in music, she refused to touch the guitar that her father had bought for her at the age of 14. She just wasn't ready until 1999 when she entered Tru-Value contest whereby she did considerably well.
As soon as getting her confidence, she began appearing in Johnny High Country Music Review in Arlington that eventually led her to the first studio recording. Miranda broke down out of disappointment when she was urged to sing 'pop' sound. She abandoned the project and it was then that the guitar's story was back.
With the help from her father, Miranda started to play the guitar while composing songs. Realizing what huge talent their daughter has, Rick and Bev funded a $2,000 project to have all of her songs recorded in a CD. Indeed, the independent album earned Texas chart position and a commercial ad for Miranda. In the verge of having her career launched, Miranda finished her high school early to pursue music. This resulted in her gaining the first professional gig as the vocalist of the prestigious Reo Palm Isle Ballroom home band.
In between her time serving as performers in several occasions, Miranda tried her luck in "Nashville Star", the country version of "American Idol". She didn't win, but was glad because she wasn't ready to make an immediate record. It was another year before she secured a recording deal with Sony and got to do a record that she really wanted.
"Kerosene" was released in March 2005 and took in 11 out of 12 tracks that she co-wrote. The album was both a breakthrough and a critical acclaim. Thanks to the upbeat and the non-typical country ballad tune of "Kerosene" that the whole album instantaneously caught the attention of country fans who bought her album at a vast rate. It peaked at #16 on Billboard 200 and #1 in Top Country Album, a remarkably great rank for such a new artist. Upon reaching platinum, both her name and her music became sonorous that the 2007 Grammy Awards noted her as the nominee of Best Country Vocal Performance Female.
At the same time, Miranda earned the respect from fellow country musicians as she was tapped to open for the pros like %cKeith Urban% and %cGeorge Strait%. Handling her sudden fame well, Miranda quickly entered the studio again with the same people to record the sophomore set. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", which she described a record "coming from her heart," was finished in 2007 and released in May.
Meanwhile, she continued taking the honor as the opening acts for artists such as %cToby Keith% and %cDierks Bentley%. Following the album's release, Miranda won the Top New Female Vocalist award at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards. The next year, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" won Album of the Year at ACM Awards.
Taking a two-year gap, Miranda was back with a new album in September 2009. "Revolution" boasted collaborations with %cBlake Shelton%, %cDave Haywood% and %cCharles Kelley% of %cLady Antebellum%. The first single "Dead Flowers" was debuted at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009.
It helped the album land at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 8 on the U.S. Billboard 200. She went on a headlining tour to support "Revolution" in March 2010 and took part at Bonnaroo Music Festival that year.
Like in the previous years, Miranda was a regular at country music awards shows. She was the most nominated female in a single year at CMA Awards with 9 nods. She won four of them including Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. The achievements continued in early 2011 when she won her first Grammy in the category Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House that Built Me". Later in April Miranda announced new ventures such as a girl group called %cPistol Annies%.
In 2011, Miranda dropped her fourth album appropriately titled "Four the Record". It boasted at least four top-10 singles, peaked at #3 on Billboard Hot 200, and ruled Country Albums chart. It became her highest debut on the chart. In the same year, she married %cBlake Shelton% whom she dated since 2006. She recorded "The Hunger Games" soundtrack with her side project Pistol Annies and collaborated with her hubby in a Christmas tune for his holiday album.
Three years in the making, finally a new album comes out in 2014. Titled "Platinum" with the lead single called "Automatic", the record will be released in summer. The album is preceded by her triumph at the Academy of Country Music Awards as the winner of Female Vocalist of the Year and Single Record of the Year.
In July 2015, Lambert and Shelton announced they were getting divorced after four years of marriage. "This is not the future we envisioned," Lambert and Shelton said in a 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."
Following her split from Shelton, Lambert found a new love in %cAnderson East%. She returned to music in 2016 and teased a new album with the song "Vice", which was released in July. Co-written by Lambert, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally, the track leads her sixth studio effort "The Weight of These Wings" that's due out on November 18. She has said that the album will be about her breakup with Shelton and her current relationship with East.