Artist Outlook 2011: Miranda Lambert
What does 2011 have in store for Miranda Lambert?
She’s only 27, but the past 5 or 6 years must have been amazing for Miranda Lambert. Since her proper debut album in 2005 she’s garnered back to back Album of the Year awards as well as a Female Vocalist of the Year award just this year.
It’s hard to imagine things could reach a higher point than 2010 for Miranda. Along with her first number one single, Album of the Year, and first headlining tour she got engaged to longtime boyfriend and fellow artist Blake Shelton. There is much to smile about for Miranda this past year even with the snub from CMT for their Artists of the Year show. I’ll let that slide this time since the other artists are certainly deserving.
It’s been an unbelievably busy year for Miranda Lambert and yet one has to think this is only the beginning for one of country music’s true treasures.
Miranda Lambert 2011
The first time Miranda had an Album of the Year award all she did was come out with her next album and win the same award again. That’s an unreal accomplishment for any artist. It can take a lifetime to build up to an achievement like an Album of the Year award from your industry leaders and peers and then to be able to do the same after only two more years is truly remarkable.
Miranda keeps setting the bar high for herself and country fans are loving everything she’s putting out these days. For the last three albums it’s taken Miranda about two years between releases and that puts 2011 as the year for the next album. Miranda fans should be looking for a new single this summer and perhaps a new album in the fall. We can only expect greatness and even if the album doesn’t win any awards it’s sure to be full of heart, passion, and authentic country music.
To get 2011 started though Miranda is releasing the fifth single from her current album Revolutionand it happens to be my favorite song of her’s up to this point. Heart Like Mineis set to be the next single for Miranda and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year.
Some fans and industry critics may think five singles from one album is overkill, but it’s always the greatest albums that have tons of singles. The only proof I have for that comment is a few albums I can think of off the top of my head. A lead single to an album can spark interest and initial sales, but it’s always the quality of the subsequent singles that drives sales to huge numbers.
Hardcore fans will get Miranda’s music and attend her shows no matter what, but the more hit singles she racks up the more the casual fans will pay attention. A fifth single from one album is a great accomplishment. Shania Twain used to do it with her albums. I think Faith Hill has done it a few times and Mary Chapin Carpenter did it with her biggest album to date.
What can fans expect from Miranda as far as new material in 2011?
As I mentioned above this is the year for a new release from Miranda. She has released each of her previous albums every year on the odd year marks since her 2005 debut. Sticking to that routine would make the fall of 2011 the time for a new release with the lead single released probably sometime around August.
It’s hard to imagine putting the expectations of yet another Album of the Year on the shoulders of any artist, but Miranda has set the bar so high for herself coming into this year. She was able to follow up her first Album of the Year with another. Why not make it three times a charm?
In all reality there is no reason to expect Miranda to win awards for next album. The real reward will come from the fans when they head out and pick up the new music and pack the stands when Miranda headlines shows in 2011. The fans are sure to be treated to some new, never before heard music when they attend those shows this summer.
Based on the music Miranda has put out on her first three albums it’s a near sure thing to expect more great country music with a little attitude and rock mixed in.
Miranda Lambert is a unique personality in country music and there’s a reason she’s at the top of the game right now.
Outside of Music
Everyone in country music including the fans know Miranda is planning to get hitched soon. Will it happen in 2011? It just may. The rumor is for a spring wedding. Miranda says she’s ready and Reba McEntire is ready for the big day too.
I’m an avid deer hunter, which is another reason I’m a Miranda Lambert fan. She’s been a hunter her whole life according to her own account. Here’s a pic from 2009 of her and Blake Shelton in their hunting gear.
Miranda frequently mentions her little slice of heaven in the form of her farm down in Texas. I remember she used to tweet every once and a while when she was in her treestand. I’m not sure she did that this fall. She must still love hunting though. It sounds like venison is on the menu for her upcoming wedding. Yum.
It’d be awesome if Miranda wrote a blog about her hunting adventures that included some pics of her bucks. That’s probably not going to happen, but it’d be pretty cool. From all the stories of her hunting adventures it sounds like she’s a real trophy hunter full of woods-wise talent.
Miranda Lambert is at a peak right now in her career.
Up to this point she’s treated everything in her career as just a stepping stone to something bigger. It’s hard to bet against her having another huge year in 2011, but it’s going to be tough.
For some reason Miranda’s songs aren’t the kind of singles that consistently hit the top spot on the charts. Her music is, however, the kind that gets attention. She gets a line in the sand and is true to herself and her feelings. That is a formula for success in my book. If you’re trying to please everybody you’re going to please nobody.
I think 2011 is going to be another banner year for Miranda Lambert.
What are your thoughts on Miranda Lambert in 2011?
Will she be able to reach new heights in her career?
Are you excited about her next single and possibly new music later in the year?
Bonus Video – Heart Like Mine