On the evening of November 15, 2005, a young woman of 22 walked onstage at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden in front a full house of thousands, not to mention a live television audience numbering millions. It was her first such experience on a stage that big, in a venue that massive, with that many eyes – in the room, across the nation and in other countries – watching.
As if all of those factors weren’t enough, she faced other obstacles– she wasn’t a household name like others on the bill…she didn’t have a Top 20 hit to her name…she’d had to scale back her song from its recorded original length. But in the two-minutes-and-thirty-seconds that followed, this young woman armed only with a guitar, a voice, raw talent and sheer conviction managed to claim her spot in country music.
In those two-minutes-and-thirty-seconds Miranda Lambert emblazoned her image on the country music world – not only the tastemakers of Nashville, but on fans of the genre far and wide. She’d made a statement, effectively announcing her arrival, her presence, her intentions. And in the decade that’s followed, that moment at the CMA Awards – seared into the minds of so many – has lived up to its bold promise, those initial flares growing into a career that’s blazed its way into the annals of country music history and produced a catalog of music that’s warmed the hearts of fans.