When Miranda Lambert moved to Nashville and landed her record deal, she made it clear her music would be on her terms. It was a bold move for a newly signed artist, but Miranda wasn’t willing to be someone she wasn’t. Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO, was the head of EMI Music Publishing’s Nashville division when he first met Miranda. At a lunch meeting about signing her as a songwriter, she told him exactly what kind of music she would be recording.
“She said, ‘I can tell you this: They’re not going to tell me what music to record. I’m going to do it my way,’” Gary told Billboard. “I said, ‘Well, that’s kind of not the way it happens on Music Row,’ and she goes, ‘Well, that’s the way it’s going to happen with me, or I’ll just go back to Texas and make my living. I’m not going to change my music or anything else.’”
“I was telling everybody that at that point,” Miranda said. “I probably just didn’t know any better, being that young, and brand-new in town. But I’m glad I made that stance, because people took it seriously – and they still do. I’m still doing music my way, and it’s working.”
Following the success of her Revolution album, Miranda’s next album, Four The Record, due out November 1, is highly anticipated. Instead of sticking with the formula that worked so well on Revolution, Miranda let the songs dictate how Four The Record ended up.
“I went into it without a plan,” she said. “I figured that I’m not going to make ‘Revolution’ again, and I really shouldn’t. Part of being an artist is evolving and reinventing yourself, so I went into the studio with an open mind and let the songs lead the way. That’s why there’s everything on this record from rock to blues to country-all my musical influences.”
The album’s first single, “Baggage Claim,” is already a Top 10 hit. Miranda says it is not an indication as to what the rest of the album sounds like.
“This album has something for everyone,” she told Billboard. “You can’t just listen to the first single, ‘Baggage Claim,’ and go, ‘That’s what the album sounds like.’ Different people will have different favorite songs and that’s what I like about it. I can reach the mass audience if I come from different perspectives on every song.”