Miranda Lambert opens up about music, love and why she hates cameras Getty Images/Ethan Miller
Getty Images/Ethan Miller

Miranda Lambert is a true believer in the power of music to bring understanding and healing to people’s lives. She’s seen it time and again in her own life. Since she’s also one of the most successful country artists of her generation, she’s seen music act as a healer for her many fans, too.

That’s why she goes outside of her comfort zone to be honest about her life in her music. It’s evident when you listen to her latest album, “The Weight of These Wings.”

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Miranda tells “American Songwriter,” “I’m living transparently. I’m a pretty private person, and I don’t like cameras. But not when it comes to my music. I’m using my life for my art, and I’m hoping it will help someone feel less alone. Those are my favorite kinds of records and my favorite songs, the ones where I am like, ‘How did they know?'”

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That universal human condition is the subject of most of Miranda’s music. She knows whatever she’s going through in her life will most likely be relatable to something her fans are experiencing themselves.

“That’s what most people in the world have in common, pain and love,” Miranda says. “Whatever way you display that or describe that — it could be for a kitten or a lost grandparent or loved one — love is at the center, and with love comes pain. I like to have a balance in the music I write and the music I listen to, of both, pain and love. Those two things are tangible things, and they are the center of the universe. At least of mine.”

Being so honest about love and pain isn’t easy for Miranda, which is why one disc of “The Weight of These Wings” is titled “The Heart” and the other is titled “The Nerve.”


She explains, “Some of these songs take nerve to execute. The heart is driving all of that. It takes nerve to stay, it takes nerve to run, it takes nerve to follow your heart. And I think it all comes back to what the heart wants is what the heart wants.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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