Grammy winner Lambert breaks ground with new album

Tue Nov 1, 2011 2:31pm EDT
 
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - Miranda Lambert's confidence is soaring since she won a Grammy award last year and got married this spring to country star Blake Shelton.

For her new album, "Four the Record," which hit stores on Tuesday, Lambert took some chances, choosing songs that differ from the hits "The House That Built Me," "White Liar" and "Only Prettier" from her third effort, "Revolution."

"There was no possible way I could remake 'Revolution,' which did such amazing things for my career," she said, including a Grammy for best female country performance with "The House That Built Me."

"I feel like I have grown as an artist because I didn't go into the studio with a theme in mind. All I thought about was 'may the best songs win.' I just wanted to have fun making this album, and I did," Lambert told Reuters.

Lambert, 27, who married the 35-year-old Shelton in May, has often pushed musical boundaries with thought-provoking hits such as "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Famous in a Small Town" and "Gunpowder and Lead."

But the Texas-born singer-songwriter hesitated to record "Fine Tune," a song written by Luke Laird and Natalie Hemby.

"I've had that song for seven years and finally I got the courage to record it after passing on it the last two albums," Lambert said. "I wanted it to sound kind of grungy and dirty, but still cute and fun."

Lambert writes many of her own tunes, so it takes something special for her to record someone else's compositions.   Continued...

 
<p>Singer Miranda Lambert performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' in New York, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Jamie Fine</p>