WHAT'S ON MIRANDA'S PLAYLIST?
Miranda Lambert commands respect as a serious artist, and her debut major-label CD Kerosene states her case clearly. Kerosene debuted as the Number One Country Record in the Nation. With first week sales, the Texas singer/songwriter did what only six other country artists in the history of Soundscan had ever done; earned a Number One country chart debut on their very first release.
Kerosene, certified Gold by the RIAA, has earned Lambert several critics' pick awards as well as nominations for the prestigious Country Music Association's Horizon of the Year and Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist. Additionally, Lambert was voted Favorite New Voice On The Radio by Country Weekly readers and her video for Kerosene garnered nominations for ACM's Video of the Year, CMT's Female Video of the Year and CMT's Breakthrough Video of the Year.
USA Today was so taken by Miranda's style, attitude and talent, the paper committed to follow her budding career. Through 2005, a photographer with the paper followed Miranda's every move, and the result was an unprecedented three full-page features documenting her first full year in the record business.Lambert proves to be not only a dazzling vocalist on her debut country showcase, but a major songwriter as well.
Miranda Lambert's Texas roots run deep. Texans are generally noted as forthright and bold, and she has those qualities in her personality. Texas fans like their country music straight-up and strong, and so does she. Texas has provided more major talents to the country scene than any other state. Add Miranda Lambert's name to that long list.
Born in 1983, she is a native of Lindale, population 2,500. Located about 80 miles east of Dallas, it's the kind of town where high-school football rules fall Friday nights and folks sit on their front porches making music. Or at least the Lamberts did. Papa Rick Lambert is a country guitarist and songwriter who gathered friends and neighbors often to his rural home. During the week, he and Miranda's mother Bev ran a detective agency. But country music was the heart of the household on weekends.
"We always had tons of people at our house," recalls Miranda Lambert. "It's just an old farmhouse. My friends who lived in the city had swimming pools and four-wheelers and all that. We lived out in the country with a vegetable garden. Yet they were always going, 'Let's go to your house!' I would think, 'Why?' Now I realize that it was because at my house it was so homey. We took in just everybody.
"I always hung out with the adults. I never really was a kid. Didn't eat baby food. I was 16 by the time I was 5, inside. I think that's where my 'old soul' comes from.
"I grew up on the songs of Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Merle Haggard and my dad. We had music parties at our house on the front porch all the time. I was 10 years old and in the third grade when my parents took me to Dallas to see Garth Brooks. It was awesome. There I was in my braces screaming, 'Gaaaarrrth!' I was freakin' out."
She was so inspired that when she returned home to Lindale, she entered her first country talent contest. Accompanied by her father, Miranda Lambert made her public debut singing Holly Dunn's hit "Daddy's Hands." Her bedroom was soon decorated with country-star photos and she began annually attending Nashville's Fan Fair festivities at age 13. At age 14, her father bought her a guitar, but to his surprise, she expressed no interest in the instrument. That would soon change.