Arts & Entertainment

Miranda Lambert

Ahead of her debut Australian tour Texan country music megastar Miranda Lambert took some time out her busy tour schedule to speak with City Hub. During our conversation Lambert spoke of her love for the country music genre, the thrill of performing – regardless of venue size – and her excitement to finally make her way Down Under.

At just 36 years old Lambert has already surpassed legends of the country music genre, such as Reba McEntire, to become the most decorated artists in the history of the Academy Of Country Music (ACM). In her 15 year career Lambert has won two Grammy Awards from 16 nominations, the ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year in nine consecutive years, and was the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Album Of The Year twice.

Despite these accolades Lambert remains incredible humble, “I always knew I wanted to do this, but I never knew exactly what level that would be at. So the fact that it has become this beautiful career that has carried me to so many amazing places is crazy to me. I’m still the same 18 year old girl that I was then, I’m just 36 now with the same dream.”

Lambert has remained so grounded because she has a deep love for the music and performance. Although she can now travel the world and headline any arena she wants Lambert still loves to return to her roots.

“Still to this day even though I’m headlining arena shows if I can go into a smokey bar somewhere and play a show I’m just as happy.”

In March Lambert and her band will arrive in Australia to play the CMC Rocks Queensland music festival before then hitting the road for a headline tour of her own. With this being her first visit to Australia the excitement was palpable in her voice.

“We’re all looking at this tour as a big adventure for us as a family. It’s something we’ve talked about for a long time so fans can expect a lot of adventure, energy and excitement.”

The upcoming Australian tour will be the continuation of Lambert’s world tour, which began in January. This show celebrates her most recent album, Wildcard, and will be fine tuned to perfection by the time it arrives in Australia.

Although this is Lambert’s first time in Australia she is already confident that she will have a wonderful connection with the audiences despite the massive distance between Australia and Texas.

“One thing about music is that it is universal and can blend all sorts of worlds,” explained Lambert, “I feel like I’ve already met so many wonderful people from Australia that I know I will feel at home there.”

Finally, there’s one crucial thing on Lambert’s itinerary that she feels she must do in order to have the full Australian experience, “I’m really excited to meet the koalas, that’s one of my highlights!”

Mar 24. Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Ave, Moore Park. $99-$179+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.playbillvenues.com.au