Interview: Miranda Lambert Tackles Honesty and Aging On ‘Platinum’

"With age you gain knowledge and knowledge is beautiful in my opinion. I just am really glad to be where I am. I've worked really hard and I have a lot of work ahead of me."

By Annie Reuter

Like everybody else, Miranda Lambert has her good days and she has her bad. Sure she’s a household name, having released five standout albums, earned numerous No. 1 hits and won a whole bookshelf of awards, including the coveted ACM Award for Female Vocalist of the Year the past five years in a row. Not to mention the fact that she’s married to all-around country celebrity Blake Shelton.

Yet with all the success and spotlight, Lambert remains true to her roots and her first true love: country music. And that passion and honesty can be heard clearly on Lambert’s latest studio album Platinum, which dropped this past Tuesday (June 3).

“I’ve been so blessed in my career to be able to sing the songs and write the songs that I really believe in,” Lambert told earlier this week. “A lot of people have struggled to keep going. I feel so lucky to always write songs like ‘Bathroom Sink’ and for people to come up and go, ‘Hey, I really relate to that.’ It’s not an easy thing to do, to lay your heart out there.”

“Bathroom Sink” is one of the eight tracks Lambert wrote on the record and the sole track she didn’t have a co-writer on. A song about staring at her own reflection in the bathroom sink and detailing the insecurities every woman faces from time to time, Lambert said it’s the most honest song on Platinum.

“One reason it’s the most honest is because I wrote it by myself. There’s no way around the lyrics. It’s very raw and a real lyric. It’s a pretty emotional song,” she said. “It’s not the way that I feel every day but everybody has moments they feel that way that the song describes. I’ve had a song like that on every record that’s laying it all out there but I feel like those are important to keep around.”

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For Platinum, Lambert chose 16 songs that spoke to her and where she is at in her life. The 30-year-old Texas native said everything on the record is “a picture of who I am right now.”

“I know just being a girl, I’m just like everybody else and I know some of the things I’m going through, good or bad, surely there are other people out there that can relate to something on this record because it covers the gamut,” she said. “There’s all kinds of different songs on this record and there’s some humor too, more than I’ve ever had before on any other album.”

While Lambert admits it’s scary to be so honest in her songs, one thing she’s not frightened of is aging, a humorous topic discussed on one song, “Gravity Is a B–ch.”

“When I say aging, I’m only 30. I’m just not 20 anymore. In the last 10 years, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I’m so excited to head into my 30s. It’s like an adventure. It’s something to look forward to and hopefully get smarter and learn lessons from the mistakes you’ve made and hopefully not make as many mistakes as you did in your 20s.”

She added: “It’s not a scary thing. It’s exciting. With age you gain knowledge and knowledge is beautiful in my opinion. I just am really glad to be where I am. I’ve worked really hard and I have a lot of work ahead of me.”

Miranda Lambert’s Platinum is out now.


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