10 November 1983, Longview, Texas, USA. The daughter of guitarist and songwriter Rick Lambert, country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert was destined to follow her father into a career in music. She began writing songs and before leaving high school had become a regular performer at local country music talent shows, and was even invited to take part in a demo session in Nashville. Surprisingly, given her background, she did not start playing the guitar until she was in her late teens but took to the instrument naturally. Despite throwing herself wholeheartedly into music, the highly photogenic Lambert initially enjoyed more success as a part-time actress, landing a small role in the 2001 movie Slap Her Shes French. During the same period, and yet to finish high school, she formed her own Texas Pride Band and launched herself on the local bar band circuit as a professional artist. Her parents helped finance the pressing of a CD to showcase their daughters songs, leading to some local chart success with the tracks Texas Pride and Somebody Else.
Lamberts music career was really kick-started in 2003 when she won through to the final of the nationally syndicated Nashville Star television show, eventually finishing third behind Buddy Jewell and John Arthur Martinez. The reward for her success was the signing of a major label recording contract with Sony Music. Having battled her way up through the Texas honky-tonk circuit Lambert was not about to surrender her fiercely independent stance, and was given free rein to work on her debut album, writing or co-writing the majority of Kerosene. The album rewarded her record companys faith by rocketing to the top of the US country charts in April 2005, a remarkable achievement for a new artist. The follow-up Crazy Ex-Girlfriend repeated the feat in summer 2007. The album was another excellent collection from a genuine new talent, mixing original material with well-chosen covers of songs by Gillian Welch, Carlene Carter and Patty Griffin.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.