Miranda Lambert first exploded onto the scene as a finalist in the 2003 season of the Nashville Star television series. She didn't win-a result she describes as a blessing. "I was hoping not to win," she said. "The winner had to go in right after the contest and make a record in a couple of weeks, and I wasn't ready."
For the release of her debut album, Kerosene, Lambert wrote or co-wrote eleven of the twelve tracks. The album made for an impressive and authentic feel of old-school, take-no-prisoners country music. The album's two singles showed the range of Lambert's writing skills. "Me and Charlie Talkin'" captured the innocent conversations of two children while "Kerosene" spoke to the pitfalls of love gone wrong. The album marked the arrival of a major new songwriting talent. Extensive touring with George Strait and Keith Urban followed, raising her profile and sharpening her on-stage act.
"My songs talk about real things," says Lambert. "Things that I've been through or I've witnessed through my friends and family-even my parents' private investigation business. If I feel it, I can sing it and make anyone believe it."
At the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards, her second album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won Album of the Year. Lambert chalked up three more hits with the title track, "Famous in a Small Town," and the ballad "More Like Her." She debuted 2009's Revolution before an industry crowd at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Lambert slowed things down with the album's first single, "Dead Flowers," only to return with the in-your-face "White Liar." Winner or not, Lambert proved that she is indeed a Nashville star.
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