New Artist Spotlight: Miranda Lambert
By Amanda Eckard

Miranda Lambert is a seasoned Country Music veteran at 21.

Growing up in Lindale, Texas, Lambert learned about Guy Clark, Merle Haggard and Jerry Jeff Walker at the feet of her father Rick, a guitarist and songwriter.

After attending a Garth Brooks concert when she was 10, Lambert decided that music was her calling.  She entered talent competitions and began attending CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair® in Nashville every year. 

At 16, Lambert started singing demos, which led to wanting to write her own songs.  Her dad taught her three chords on the guitar, and she completed her first song the same day.

Deciding their daughter had talent, Lambert's parents researched talent contests and commercial auditions, and drove her to jobs in a motor home. 

After gaining experience on the Texas music scene, Lambert placed first in the Texas auditions for USA Network's first "Nashville Star" competition, and placed third overall in the nationally televised show.

Lambert signed with Epic Records in September 2003.  She wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks on her debut album, Kerosene, produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke.

Kerosene, featuring first single "Me & Charlie Talking," is scheduled for release in March.

What kind of album, other than Country, would you like to make? "Southern rock."

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
Big Trucks, Bird Dogs and Shotguns.

Who is your dream duet partner? "Merle Haggard."

What instrument do you wish you could play? "Steel guitar."

When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? "That I was a lover of life and music."

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