Miranda Lambert's friend and collaborator gives us an intimate look inside her world Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Miranda Lambert has been pretty quiet since the release of her new album, “The Weight of These Wings,” on Nov. 18. She prefers to let her music do the talking, but one of her friends and co-writers has some words to say about her creative process. Those comments from Shane McAnally also shed some light on Miranda’s state of mind these days.

In a limited-edition book released along with “The Weight of These Wings,” Shane praises Miranda saying, “She would absolutely be an in-demand songwriter for every artist in Nashville and beyond, if she wasn’t a recording artist. She is unapologetically honest in her songwriting, and her melodic sensibility is as good as anyone I’ve ever known.”

RELATED: It was one heck of a year for country powerhouse Miranda Lambert

That unapologetic honesty is pretty rare among folks like Miranda who are on the cover of checkout-stand magazines ranging from “Cosmopolitan” to “The National Enquirer.”

“She lets herself be vulnerable and tells the truth,” Shane adds. “This is usually a difficult task for a major celebrity, as they try and hide their truth out of fear of anyone seeing beyond their magazine covers.”

RELATED: Miranda Lambert reveals the important role her father played in her latest project

In spite of how intrusive those tabloids can be, it seems Miranda has no choice but to work out what she’s going through in her songs.

Shane explains, “Songs are her therapy, her truth, her lifeline… and, I had an instant kinship with her because that’s the reason I write songs: to make it all better. She definitely makes me want to write better, write truer, and to try and make sense of my crazy thru music.”

“The Weight of These Wings” features 24 brand-new songs from Miranda, including the hit “Vice” and her new single, “We Should Be Friends.”

If you’re a fan of Miranda’s, you’ll want to head over to to cast your vote for her in the Female Artist of the Year category. She’s also up for Fan Moment of the Year and Tour of the Year with Kenny Chesney.

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

Stories You Might Like