Miranda Lambert has come a long way from being a 19-year-old finalist on the talent competition Nashville Star in 2003. Since finishing third on the TV show, Lambert has become one of only three female country singers to have three albums debut at #1, and her fan-base and critical acclaim continue to grow with every release.
Born November 10th, 1983, Lambert’s mother and father were instrumental in her love of country music. A singer/songwriter in his own right in Texas, Rick Lambert and his wife Beverly took young Miranda to a Garth Brooks show at age nine, starting her interest in the world of country music. Lambert made her professional singing debut while still in high school at the Reo Palm Isle Ballroom in Longview, Texas – the same place Brooks & Dunn started as a bar band.
In 2003, Lambert finished third in the first season of Nashville Star, but has become the most successful alumni of the show. She signed with Epic Records in September of 2003, and released her debut single, “Me and Charlie Talking” (co-written by her father) in summer of 2004. Her Epic debut album, Kerosene, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart. The title track became Lambert’s first Top 15 hit and pushed the album to platinum status in the US.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, released in May 2007, also debuted at #1; while the title track only reached #50, the next three singles – “Famous in a Small Town,” “Gunpowder & Lead,” and “More Like Her” – all hit the Top 20, with “Gunpowder & Lead” her first Top Ten hit. Lambert also became the belle of the award show circuit: in 2005, she won the Fresh Face of Country Music Award from the Academy of Country Music, Top New Female Vocalist at the 2007 ACM ceremony and Album of the Year for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend from the ACM in 2008.
Looking for a three-peat, Lambert released Revolution in September 2009; it, too, debuted at #1 on the Country Album chart, as well as at #8 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album’s third release, “The House That Built Me,” became Lambert’s first #1 country single. The album’s fourth single, the tongue-in-cheek “Only Prettier,” is showcased in a Grease-style music video featuring Lambert and fellow country stars Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott as both the good girls and the bad girls.
Lambert became engaged to country singer Blake Shelton in May 2010. The pair have written and recorded together, most notably Shelton’s hit single “Home,” which Lambert sings background on.
Source: “About,” mirandalambert.com