Miranda Lambert’s dad gave her the advice that launched her career. She recently told The Blade, “My dad told me that I had to learn how to write songs, so I could talk about things that moved me. He was right.” Tonight, at the Huntington Center, the Toledo audience will get to hear Lambert’s moving songs as part of her Certified Platinum tour.
The show tonight will be Lambert’s first return to the Glass City since her performance here in 2012, and this show promises some great special effects without detracting from the musical performance. “The Certified Platinum tour is very shiny and has some cool production elements without overshadowing the music. My lighting designer came up with some great looking lights to support the feel of the music,” she said. “We always have a lot of fun and usually the audience picks up on it and joins in.”
Lambert has followed her dad’s advice. She has authored a number of hit songs, including “White Liar,” “Heart Like Mine,” and “Over You.” Although the Mega-Star has been in the business for a decade, she still is thrilled to see a concert audience enjoying itself by singing along to her songs. “It’s hard to describe what it feels like when you see a lot of people singing a song that you wrote; you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself.”
Since her first national exposure with her debut album “Kerosene” and her appearance on the reality show “Nashville Star”, Lambert has gathered numerous awards in the past decade. Most recently, her album “Platinum” won a Grammy last month for Best Country Album. But the accolades continue to be presented to Lambert. Last month, the Academy of Country Music Awards honored her with numerous nominations for 2014. She leads every other country performer with eight nominations. Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer Of The Year, Female Vocalist Of The Year, Album Of The Year for “Platinum”, Single Record Of The Year for “Automatic,” a double nomination for Song Of The Year as songwriter and performer of “Automatic,” Video Of The Year and Vocal Event Of The Year, both for her hit duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” with Carrie Underwood.
On her website, Lambert responded to her unprecedented number of nominations. She told her fans, “When I looked at the list of ACM nominations this morning the first thing that came to my mind was people. People that believe in dreams and in art. People that play our songs on the radio and that work hard every day to help artists get the music they love to the fans. People who come to the shows and buy the records and sing at the top of their lungs. I’m so thankful to be part of something made up of GOOD people. Thank you all for this amazing life.”
The ACM Awards show, which will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will air on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. But tonight, Toledo has Miranda Lambert. She, along with opening acts Justin Moore, RaeLynn, and Jukebox Mafia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at Huntington Center. The show is sold out.