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Lambert becoming 'Nashville Star' without show win - Willoughby, OH, USA - Miranda Lambert knows she has lucky stars to thank.

As second runner-up in 2003 on "Nashville Star," the young singer believes she's escaped the baggage that comes from winning a TV talent show.

"It's perfect, because I got all of the exposure of the winner, Buddy Jewell, but I didn't have to have that 'Nashville Star' title on my albums for the rest of my life," said Lambert, calling from St. Louis. "I didn't have to put an album out in a month. I had time to really put the music together that I wanted and finish writing the songs. I felt like I was in a perfect place in third place."

By taking her time, Lambert was able to put together one of the stronger debuts in recent memory. Her 2005 album, "Kerosene," of which she co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks, debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and eventually went platinum. Hit singles "Me and Charlie Talkin'," "Bring Me Down," "Kerosene" and "New Strings" made her the talk of country music, resulting in tours with Keith Urban and George Strait, and also earning her a Grammy Award nomination.

In fact, her name was recently called as the winner of the Best New Female category at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert is now in the delicate sophomore-album phase of her career, having recently released her second album, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which includes lead single "Famous In a Small Town."

"I just want it to at least be as successful as 'Kerosene,' " said Lambert, who's currently dating country singer Blake Shelton. "I'm really happy with the place that I'm at and how steady my career is building. I'm definitely not an overnight success, and it's really taken me awhile to build this career, but I want to be around for a long time. I think this second album is really a good solid steppingstone to where I'm going to be in my career, hopefully.

"And I'm proud of it, because I think it shows where I'm at as a 23-year-old and where my writing is," she continued. "It's a really personal album, and I hope that people listening to it go away from it knowing a little bit more about me."

Lambert can be assured people are getting to know plenty about her this summer as the Texas native is getting the primo opening slot on Toby Keith's tour, which makes its way to Northeast Ohio for a show Thursday at Blossom Music Center.

"I'm in front of 7,000 to 15,000 people a night, and it's really a good feeling to go out there," Lambert said. "I feel like I can hold my own with someone like Toby Keith. It's cool because I think we're different, and I bring something to the table as far as being a younger crowd that might not ordinarily go to a Toby Keith concert.

"And the other part is he has some of the older, rowdy crowd that may not really know who I am but go away saying, 'We really like what she does.' I think it fits. Our music is different, but our shows are both really high energy and my job as an opening act is to get the crowd going for Toby, so I think we try to do that every night."
Source : Originally Published - Willoughby, OH, USA, Aug 19, 2007
Celebrities : Miranda Lambert
Categories : Nashville Star, Musician News
Posted 8/19/2007 12:08:12 AM | Permalink
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