Miranda Lambert’s New Album: Everything You Need to Know
New music from Miranda Lambert in 2019 is as sure as tears falling while watching This Is Us. The country superstar and all-time leader in Female Vocalist of the Year wins debuted a new song at CMA Fest and is speaking openly about plans for a new album this fall.
What will it sound like, and who's going to join Lambert in making her seventh studio album?
Those details — as many as available — can be found inside this Everything You Need to Know about Miranda Lambert V7.0, or ML7. That's what we're calling it. The singer hasn't dished on the album title quite yet, although she assured fans it was complete and turned in while talking to Rolling Stone Country in June. It's clear she's excited to deliver, so we'll be listening closely for secrets to come spilling like tea in the South.
The Title: TBD
The Producer: Jay Joyce
This is telling. Lambert has leaned on producer Frank Liddell since her career began in 2004, and together they've created some very memorable masterpieces. Joyce is known for a less precise, more emotional brand of recording that at times rests on the dark edges of country music. The East Nashvillian made a name for himself producing Eric Church's records, but in recent years he's become the go-to for Little Big Town and Brothers Osborne, as well. Carrie Underwood also called on Joyce for some of the grungier songs on Storyteller — that's kind of what he does. Don't expect this to be a pretty album from Lambert.
The Single: TBD (but it's kind of obvious)
While it has not been made official, "Locomotive" seems like the obvious choice as the first single from a new project, as Lambert debuted it during her live CMA Fest performance — a performance taped for an August airing on ABC. That timeline works well with everything she's been promising this summer and fall. There's simply no value in an artist using such valuable time to perform a deep cut from an album that's not out yet.
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Lambert has a lot of them, but none will make this record. Speaking to RSC, the 35-year-old said there are no duets or vocal collaborations on ML7. There will also be no cover songs.
The caveat could come in the writing credits. Even if no well-known in or out-of-genre star helps her harmonize, she nearly always finds a few famous friends to write with. Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild confessed to Taste of Country that she and Lambert had spent a lot of time on the "White Liar" singer's back porch writing songs.
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Miranda's Mood: Content!
All signs point to a much happier Miranda Lambert in 2019, due in part to her recent marriage to Brendan McLoughlin. While she hasn't offered insight into their union, she bubbles bliss when he comes up in conversation.
Because McLoughlin is a New York City police officer, Lambert has been spending more and more time in NYC, something she admits may have helped make this new album more of a rocker than anything she's put out in years. Really, it's been a decade (since Revolution in 2009) since she released an album reliant on her signature fire and fireworks. That album was recorded while she was newly in love with Blake Shelton. If this is a theme, we're here for it.
The release date for Miranda Lambert's next studio album is TBD.
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