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Miranda Lambert is a Grammy-nominated country singer/songwriter who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of USA Network's talent competition Nashville Star. Her first album, Kerosene, debuted at number one on the country album charts in March 2005, and since has recently gone platinum. Her sophomore album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was released on May 1, 2007.


Miranda Lambert was born on November 10, 1983 in Longview, Texas, but grew up in Lindale, Texas about 80 miles east of Dallas. Both of her parents are private investigators, but father Rick is also a country guitarist and songwriter. Lambert became seriously interested in country music after attending a Garth Brooks concert as a young girl, and soon began singing in talent contests under the tutelage of her father.

At 16, Lambert began appearing on the Johnny High Country Music Review in Arlington, Texas, the same show that helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes. Lambert quickly landed a recording session in Nashville, but left the studio in tears after she became frustrated with the "pop" sound of music that was not her own. Upon returning to Texas, Lambert began writing songs and taking guitar lessons from her father.

When Lambert's aptitude for music became apparent, her parents encouraged her to aggressively pursue singing and acting opportunities. While still a high school student, Lambert made her professional singing debut and fronted the house band at the Reo Palm Isle Ballroom in Longview, Texas, a long-running venue that has showcased Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.

Forgoing college, Lambert performed throughout Texas in 2001 and 2002. She finished first in the Texas auditions for Nashville Star and eventually placed third in the national competition. She also finished second when auditioning to portray Tammy Wynette in the musical play of Wynette's life which debuted in 2001. On September 15, 2003, she signed with Sony records. Her debut album, Kerosene, was released on March 05, 2005.

Miranda says she's never far from her roots. If she wrote an autobiography, she says she'd want the title to be "Big Trucks, Bird Dogs and Shotguns."

Music career

Lambert joined a select group of artists when her first album, Kerosene, debuted at number one on the country charts. Lambert wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on the album, which met with wide critical acclaim. Following the success of her platinum selling debut album, Lambert spent much of late 2005 and early 2006 as the opening act for artists such as Keith Urban and George Strait. Concert reviews noted her exceptional stage presence and helped her gain exposure in the country music industry.

Lambert's first single on the Billboard charts was "Me and Charlie Talkin'", which she co-wrote with her father, released in the spring of 2005. The second single to be released from her debut album was entitled "Bring Me Down". Lambert penned this hit with friend and fellow writer Travis Howard. The fourth and final single from "Kerosene" was a song she wrote by herself, called "New Strings", which was released in May of 2006.

Lambert's career took off following an electric performance of "Kerosene" at the 2005 Country Music Association Awards in New York City. In a show that was uncharacteristically dominated by slow country ballads, Lambert brought the crowd to its feet when columns of fire leapt from the stage at the end of the song. "Kerosene" subsequently became Lambert's first top-twenty hit.

Lambert's sophomore album "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is due to be released on May 1, 2007. She wrote 8 of the 11 songs on the album. She tells Blender Magazine that there were ballads that she wrote from her heart. "It was scary, but I feel like my fans deserve that from me." While Miranda did not write three of the songs on her new album, she chose well deserving artists such as, Carlene Carter, Patty Griffin, and Emmylou Harris, to fill the empty spots.

The song "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" charted after Miranda performed the song at the CMA Awards. However, it has been confirmed that the song was not actually intended to be a single, although it did chart. In a newsletter, Miranda stated that "Famous In a Small Town" will actually be the first official single off her second album.

In early 2007. Lambert opened for Toby Keith on his Hookin' Up & Hangin' Out Tour. Following a few months with Keith, she will be re-joining Dierks Bentley on his Live and Loud Tour. Joining them on the road will alternate between Eric Church and Jason Aldean. Lambert and Aldean have also done several tours together, and also have a duet together on Aldean's upcoming album, which hits stores on May 29, 2007.Following its release, the album debuted at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 53,000 copies in its first week.

Personal life

On Lambert's 21 birthday, she purchased a house in Lindale, Texas - not very far from her parents or her uncle's home. It holds all her resale shop finds, including a brown vinyl couch that she bought from the Salvation Army store for $50. There is also a vintage red Chevy pick-up that sits in the driveway. Lambert considers this her trophy car. Lambert spends all her time there when she's not touring, which is currently only 40 days a year.

Press, Awards and Critical Acclaim

Nashville Scene named Kerosene one of the best albums of 2005. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and as well as her label Sony Nashville.

In 2005 at the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Miranda won the Cover Girl Fresh Face of Country Music Award. In the same year, USA Today ran an ongoing series documenting Miranda's emerging career.

Lambert was nominated for the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 2005 and performed "Kerosene" at the CMA Awards in New York City. She was also nominated for the "Best New Female Artist" award by the Academy of Country Music in 2006. Her recent accomplishments include another nomination for the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 2006 and a nomination for Best Video for Miranda's biggest hit to date, "Kerosene".

She was nominated for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for "Kerosene" at the 2007 Grammy awards. Although she did not come away with the statue, Lambert recently stated that she is just honored to be recognized by people outside of the country music industry.

Lambert is also nominated in two categories for the 2007 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. She is up for Best New Female against American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, and 17 year-old singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift. Lambert is also nominated for the Top Female Vocalist. Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, and Carrie Underwood, are all nominated for this award as well.



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